Saturday, September 14, 2013

15k: One Percenter: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL W126

The Mercedes-Benz W126 class was the predecessor to the S-Class and lasted for a remarkable 12 year production run (1979-1991), a record since Mercedes started building their flagship mega-sedans in the early 1960s.  The best one to get was always the flagship long wheel base huge-engine variant and the later models will be better equipped.  If you were a one-percenter looking for that Bonfire of the Vanities experience (minus the whole racial tension, jail, poverty, reflection elements) you could do worse than pickup a new W126 S-class in 1991.  Find this 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL W126 for sale in Atherton, CA for $15,995 asking price via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.


Luckily today you don't need to be a self styled Master of the Universe bond trader to afford this museum quality 560SEL - in fact you could probably be someone who cuts the lawn of a bond trader and afford this car.  Thank you depreciation!



The big W126 is powered by a 5.6 liter M117 V8 that puts out 275 horsepower and 317 ft-lbs of torque.  The 4000 lb Merc won't be confused with any modern sports car but with the stock 4-speed automatic it should get going decently well.


 The inside of this W126 is seriously fresh - the seller describes it as Museum quality - and while it would be sanitary to eat off the inside of this thing, it would also be a sacrilege.  No eating in the minty clean Merc please!!


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4 comments:

  1. I had a 560 SEL just like this one, except black on black. It was a great car, the build quality was fantastic and it was perfect for swift (but not overly fast) motoring. It aged gracefully, mellowing with age like a good wine. We used it daily while our kids were small, until I finally gave in and we got a more, ah, suburban ride. W126s looked fantastic, especially compared with the hideously bloated barge that followed. But I digress. My 560 was in pretty good shape, very solid and it had less than 150 K miles if I recall. I sold it for $3K just as the price of a gallon of gas crested $4 for the first time. $16K seems like all the money for a W126 sedan - multiplied by two.

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  2. Horsepower for a standard US spec 560 was, I believe, 238hp. In Europe, you could spec up to a 272hp version or the top dog 200hp ECE, but neither of those were ever offered this side of the pond.

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  3. Nice, classy, timeless design. Back when they still made Mercedes to last longer than the warranty period. Pricey, but worth the money long term.

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