This is an unrepeatable opportunity to buy an, almost as new, example of the greatest Grand Tourer of the Eighties, and a car that is about to sky rocket in desirability and value. This is a 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC, US Supplied, Left Hand Drive with only 57k Miles from new! The condition is simply incredible, it would sit happily in a museum as an original example of the marque. It is ready for European cruising immedaitely!
Mercedes-Benz introduced its new medium-sized, S-Class range at the International Motor Show, Frankfurt in 1979, there being no fewer than seven models with the new W126 body style. As with the superseded W116 range, 'S-Class' was an abbreviation for Sonderklasse (Special Class). Launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1985, the 560 SEC coupé was an addition to the W126 line-up and the most powerful of the three luxury coupés then on offer. This new model retained the existing bodyshell virtually unchanged but was powered by the new 5,547cc version of the M117 all-alloy V8 engine producing 300bhp (DIN). The 5½-litre engine was also used for Mercedes-Benz's luxury flagship, the 560 SEL saloon, though customers resident in the USA had to make do with considerably less powerful versions of both models. The running gear followed Mercedes-Benz's established pattern, comprising all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, but there was no longer a choice of transmissions, a four-speed automatic being the only one on offer.
Compared with the superseded W116, the W126 was aerodynamically more efficient, a factor that enabled the range to meet the requirement's of Mercedes-Benz's 'Energy Program', instigated to improve fuel efficiency. Many commented on the distinctly Italian flavour of the new styling which, combined with Mercedes-Benz's traditional exemplary build quality, made this new S-Class so appealing. Despite weighing almost 1¾ tons, the 560 SEC raced to 62mph in only 7.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 156mph, these figures being a considerable improvement over those of the 500 SEC. As befitted one of Mercedes-Benz's flagships, the 560 SEC came standard with a host of desirable features, while customers could choose from an equally lengthy list of options. Despite its elevated price, the 560 SEC would turn out to be the most popular of the W126 coupés. Surely destined to be classics of the future, 28,929 examples of this luxuriously equipped, limited edition model were made between 1985 and 1991.
Our car is finished in the desirable Light Diamond Blue Metallic with Royal Blue Leather, has all the many 560 Options and also Contour Backrests, Heated seats etc. The car has only had one owner in the UK and it arrived in 2017 from the US and had approx £2,500 spent on a full check over and service ready for daily use. In the US this car was a two owner car from new, totally original, owned by a serious collector in the Hamptons who owned the car for 12 years, stored in a temperature controlled garage. The condition really needs to be seen to be appreciated, it is like new, everywhere. Please review all the photos and call us if you have any questions.