Saturday, June 6, 2015

5k: Big Pimpin: 1987 Mercedes Benz 420 SEL W126

It has been 6 years since Porsche released their 500 horsepower twin turbocharged 4-door luxury sedan known as the Panamera Turbo.  The jab-cross combination of out of warranty Porsche service bills and befuddlingly hideous styling should have been a knockout for residual value, but the bubble butted brawler has been hanging in the fight like Floyd Mayweather's baby momma, and KBB pegs it around $60k for a used Panamera Turbo.  It is a waiting game, because the Panamera prices will drop, but in the meantime you need something that makes you look like a baller.  Find this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL offered for $3,900 in Manhattan Beach, CA via craigslist.

The Mercedes-Benz W126 class was the S-Class sized battleship from Stuttgart 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 W126 was designed by Bruno Sacco who also penned the W126/W140/W220 well as the R129 SL convertible, W202/W203 C-Class, W124/W210 E-Class, CLK & SLK sports cars, M-Class get the picture.  His reign as Mercedes-Benz design director lasted from 1975 to 1999, and his absence is clearly seen in the aimless design years of the 2000s.

This 420 SEL is powered the M116 4.2 liter V8 putting out 221 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque, all mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission.  The big Benz doesn't drive like a Miata - but it's not slow like a Panzer tank...think more like an M2 Bradley or HMMWV.  It has got enough torque to get to 60 mph in 8 seconds; not fast by modern standards, but it'll let you merge safely on the freeway if you can afford the 1/2 gallon of gas, and these things are thirsty for dino juice.

See a better luxury sedan for cruising around like a dictator?

1 comment:

  1. If I had to pick one ex car I could have back, it would be my 82 380 SEL. So perfect. We'll see how I feel next week when the Roadmaster and 540 become eligible for this analysis, though.


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