Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Luxury Liner: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL

1979 was a strange year -- it started with the death of Sex Pistol's bassist Sid Vicious from a heroin overdose, then it snowed in the Sahara Desert for 30 minutes, the Shah fled Iran, and Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans were canceled due to a police strike...and that was only February.  The world was changing, perhaps getting ready for the introduction of a vehicle so massive that it can influence the orbit of the moon.  Find this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL offered for $2,500 in Sorrento Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from MJC.

I won't even try to blame the vicious swamp rabbit attack on President Carter of the United States on the W126, but the new S-Class was a monster in every sense of the word. Bigger, faster, and better than the W116 it replaced, it was extraordinarily expensive and luxurious in the SEL (S-Klasse-Einspritzmotor-Langversion) trim (sometimes called the V126).

Forget about the 4.2 liter M119 V8 putting out 228 horsepower and 247 ft-lbs of torque for a minute and just check out that rear leg room.  This is the perfect car for a long road trip with a few friends.

 See another classy old machine offered for pennies? tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. ...or perhaps for filming cheap 'reality' porn.

    Oops, too late, listing deleted. Guess I don't have a new career ahead of me.

  2. Can confirm, these cars are brilliant for long trips. Can also confirm the viability of the seats (all of them) as perfectly adequate locations for the bumping of uglies. Source: friend had one, borrowed it whenever I wanted to go on long trips, impress a date, or both.

  3. Is this the same car?

    Mercedes 420 SEL

    -Stan (the *other* Stan...)

  4. Persona Non GraciousMarch 15, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Thanks! I'll now genius to the list of words I never want to misspell. The others are, misspell and incompetent.


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