1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL (W126)
Long-wheel base range-topper with electric rear seat; acres of space and 5.0 V8 upfront; showing just 119,000 miles - feel like a Plutocrat for Mondeo money!
Fancy feeling regal, like a Plutocrat or Dictator? The W126 series SEL has likely ticked all those boxes and was a hell of a car, considered one of the best built and engineered Mercedes' of all time.
Dating from June 1989 this later, series 2 model comes to us in rarer SEL – long wheel base form and is powered by the powerful 5.0 developing (we believe, as a UK CAT model) 248bhp and 390Nm of torque driving the rear wheels via 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports and Economy mode.
Finished in desirable Nautic Blue and riding on original polished 15inch 15-hole flat face alloy wheels with matt blue bumpers and lower section trim the car still looks good.
Inside, we find acres of light grey leather with electric front seats with 2-position driver memory, walnut trim, fluted leather door cards, electric windows front and back, tilt and slide electric sunroof, folding centre arm-rest, electric steering column, electric passenger mirror, cruise control, dual zone climate control with A/C, rear blind, heated front seats, period looking yet modern DAB Blaupunkt CD player with remote and in the back, an electrically adjustable heated rear bench seat which functions as it should with oodles of leg room and comfort a plenty.
Presenting well given its age and time off the road, we gather it has been in storage for some time, seeing little recent use - appearing to be off the road between 2004/5 and 2019 when it was offered for mot showing 118,848 miles, the first recorded online.
The mileage currently shows just over 119,000 which has been covered by just six owners, the current since October 1996. Within the history file we find the V5C, owner’s pack and duplicate service book with one stamp dated February 2004 at 118,334 miles, a selection of invoices for routine maintenance and parts, mostly at Mercedes main dealers dating back to the mid/late 90’s, 6 old MOTs; copy old logbook and a host of SORN notifications.
Recent spend includes a set of new plugs and HT leads fitted this Autumn and a fresh MOT valid until January 2024 with just one advisory recorded for the NSF mirror which was has a crack, although a new one is included, boxed, within the file. We note the driver's window has been sticking and struggling since arrival with us, so this will likely need looking at.
These later series 2 model W126 models have really started to gain in popularity and value of late, no surprise given their rugged, boxy good looks and super build quality and as a 500 SEL model it is even more appealing. What a cool car.
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