The Mercedes-Benz 560SEC quickly went from another used, old Mercedes to a modern classic that everyone suddenly wants. Yes, the W126 coupes have always been more desirable than the sedans but recently a huge demand gap has grown between the two. Finding a coupe for sale at typical well-used Mercedes prices is rare or when you do find a really nice one, be prepared to shell out a lot of money. The latter is the case today for this 1991 offered for sale in California.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC at Mercedes Heritage
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 44,000 mi
Black (040)/Black leather
Delivered new from Autobahn Motors in Redwood City California on 1-29-1992.
1st owner through 6-2-2014 at which time it was sold to her next door neighbor.
Breathtaking original paint (as per infra-red paint depth measuring device).
Zero damage ever.
Excellent external bright work.
Exceptional original interior.
Full handbooks – Tools. `
Virtually unused spare.
Clean carfax which fully supports the mileage.
All the spare keys – Original key fobs.
Factory Data card.
Factory Bose stereo option.
Crisp clean engine bay.
Crusp ‘California clean’ undercarriage.
Recent preparation included:
New tires – Restored wheels.
Alignment – Fresh lug bolts.
New radiator – Radiator hoses.
New OE steering box – Front shocks
New engine/trans mounts.
Transmission service – All belts.
Distributor cap – Wiper blades.
Fuel pump relay – Idle control Unit.
Front and rear bumper faces restored.
At this point this SEC looks, smells and behaves essentially as new. Silky smooth, powerful and silent.
A potential MBCA preservation class winner.
The finest SEC I’ve owned.
This 560 in 040 black is a stunning example of what the C126 is. It’s handsome without shouting “look at me!” It’s the little details that make you appreciate how functionally great these cars are and why people are really going nuts over them even 25 years later. This example, having only covered 44,000 miles, is nearly perfect outside of a little wear on the drivers seat side bolster. Being a California car, it was clearly loved. Hiding from the elements did well by this C126.
The asking price is $28,900, and while I think it’s probably worth every penny, in my opinion it’s a terrible buy. Let me explain why.
C126s excel at being drivers. They are nearly the perfect grand tourer and eat up miles effortlessly. You can get in, drive 500 miles and enjoy every single minute you are in the car. So, why would you spend nearly $30,000 on this one when you can spend less than half that on a car with twice the miles and have the exact same enjoyment? The C126 isn’t a garage trophy like the earlier pillar-less coupe W111 has become. While it’s appreciated, it’s not a supermodel. Even if you do have this 44,000 mile car, I don’t think we’ll see a huge spike in value despite prices slowly creeping up because the production numbers of the C126 were so large. So while I adore the big coupes of this generation, I also adore them to be used. Having a low mileage one just because it’s low mileage doesn’t do it for me.