The C126, the coupe based on the W126 S-class, is a firm favorite around here. And for good reason: the lines penned by famed designer Bruno Sacco have aged very well, and these cars still command great road presence even today. With the C126, you get the stately good looks and bank-vault build quality of an S-class, but repackaged into a slinky, pillarless bodyshape. Collectors might want to park their money in ultra low mileage examples. But I think these cars deserve to be driven and enjoyed – they’re wonderful grand tourers, ideal for covering vast distances while keeping the passengers inside cosseted in safety, comfort and style.
Imagine walking into a Mercedes-Benz dealer today and saying “Yes, I’m in the market for a new SL. Do you have one in yellow?” The sales representative would probably look at you a little strange then come to realize he or she could talk you into plopping down an extreme amount for a custom color — granted that dealer had enough pull to fulfill the request. But roughly 38 years ago, you could grab a SL right off the lot in yellow. No one batted an eye at this because after all, it was 1979 and yellow was also a color that people painted their homes. Not everyone is now lining up to buy a yellow house (unless it’s at a beach) but this 1979 450SL up for sale in Tennessee? It’s garnering bids because it is not ugly, but period correct.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL on eBay
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
You are bidding on a very desirable highly optioned 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible finished in maple yellow with saddle interior. Between 2013 and 2017, this classic was painted back to the original color, base coat/clear coat including the removable hard top. A brake job was completed including resurfaced rotors and drums, new pads, hone wheel cylinders. New plugs, wires, distributor cap, and battery were installed and tires replaced as well as a complete tune-up. A new set of Jaspe (Black-Tan-Rust) floor mats were installed. Reserve is less than restoration receipts alone. Winning bidder will also receive a new hard top rolling stand with cover to store the hardtop when not on car. Vehicle will need a new convertible top installed and you can pick your favorite color.
Mileage may vary slightly from photo as this car is driven occasionally.
Produced between 1971 and 1981, the C107 was a fixed roof, four seater coupe based on a longer version of the R107 chassis. Badged as an SLC, it was effectively an SL in 2+2 configuration, with a modest amount of room in the back for a couple of (small) adults. The 4.5 liter V8 in the 450 put out a meagre 190 hp, so it wasn’t all that fast. But it was, and remains, a gorgeous and classy cruiser whose looks neatly capture that moment at which the design language of the late 1960s began to give way to that of the 1970s. Even in elongated form, the car retains the timeless good looks of the SL. Those pleated, curtain-looking louvres behind the rear windows? I always thought they simply gave rear passengers a bit of privacy while also letting in some light. But a bit of internet research reveals they have another purpose. They allow for shorter rear windows that can slide downwards into the body without hitting a wheel arch. This means the car can retain a completely pillar-less look. A typically German solution to a problem: practical and elegant at the same time.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC on eBay…
I’ve made no secret of my love for the W126 on these pages. Produced between 1979 and 1991, they date from a period when Mercedes-Benz produced over-engineered cars with an unrivaled reputation for durability and quality. The W126 sat at the top of the range, offering the highest levels of luxury, safety and refinement that money could buy. Whenever I see one on the road today, especially if it’s in nice condition, I immediately think “old money.” Many well-heeled owners, too attached to part with them and wealthy enough to afford the upkeep, simply held on to their cars, replacing parts as necessary. It’s not unusual to see them being driven by their original owners, and buyers usually don’t have to look too hard to find one-owner examples in good condition. With a $20k price tag and only 28k miles on the odometer, this one falls into “collector” territory.
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Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600, one of the most legendary sedans of all time. Today is another 1972 Mercedes-Benz sedan, although this one is a little easier on the wallet both in purchase price and cost of upkeep. This 280SE 4.5 for sale in Santa Monica, California is not only a clean example but also sports a rare color in Phantom Gray.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 on eBay
Model: 280SE 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 43,200 mi
Price: Buy It Now $24,500
West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional example of this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108.067 Series) 4.5L V8 Sedan (built between the dates 4/71-11/72 with this particular car being one of the last models built in 7/1972) and obviously always coveted with no signs of any accidents and reportedly owned by only 3 careful and mature owners since new with a Stuttgart ‘Zeritifikat’ ‘Mercedes-Benz Classic Heritage Certificate’ to confirm it’s heritage and original specifications. The car was originally ordered and built in thei original ‘Phantom Gray’ (Color Code 733) color paint matched to a ‘Black Leather’ (Trim Code 241) interior.
The car is mostly still in all original and stock condition with a beautiful and professional repaint in its original ‘Phantom Gray’ color paint and the car boasts a gorgeous original ‘Black leather’ interior with the highly desirable 4.5L/230HP V8 cylinder engine and this is a car loaded with factory options including power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, matching factory color Mercedes hub cap wheels centers, original ‘Becker Europa’ AM/FM radio, stunning and all original optional ‘Black leather’ interior with matching carpet and kick panel carpet and heat absorbing glass and central locking!
The car has reportedly had only 3 owners since new and has 43K original miles and has exceptional condition chrome, including both front and rear bumpers and all the typical rust-prone areas are rust-free and there are no signs of any accidents or damage whatsoever!
Based on a slightly shortened version of the W126 S-class sedan, the SEC coupe was introduced in 1981 and sold until the platform was retired in 1991. Retaining the elegant and stately looks of its limousine cousin, as well as its extraordinarily high levels of build quality and safety, the two-door, pillar-less body shape took all the elements that made the S-class such a great car and repackaged them into something a little more rakish and sexy. It’s no accident that ads for these cars often make reference to Miami Vice: the SEC is associated for many with the cocaine fueled excesses of the 1980s. But look past the wide boy image and you’ll find a grand tourer that is more about driving vast distances while riding a wave of torque than racing between stop lights. As with the sedan, values for these are a bit all over the place these days, with mint examples fetching $20k plus. But what if you’re looking for a budget-friendly entry into the SEC world? This high mileage example for sale in Tuscon, AZ with a few disclosed faults may fit the bill.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on Benzworld…
Last week I wondered what kind of W126 S-class you could buy if you had an unlimited budget and wanted one in practically brand new condition. That search yielded a gorgeous, pearl black on black, ultra-low mileage ’89 560SEL, which ultimately sold for a very respectable $21k. I thought I’d play the same game this week, only this time I went on the hunt for a coupe. The SEC (or “C126”), designed by legendary Bruno Sacco, was based on a slightly shortened version of the sedan chassis. While the car retains many of the same graceful and elegant lines of its four door sibling, the coupe sports a sexy, pillarless profile that changes the character of the car. If the 80s stock broker was chauffeured to Wall Street in the SEL during the week, he drove the SEC to wild parties in the Hamptons on the weekends.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC on eBay…
Keeping with the theme of Mercedes-Benz in a color I rarely see, I present to you a 300SEL 4.5 in the same color as the bonkers SL65 AMG RENNtech — yellow. I must admit I’ve never seen a W108 or W109 in yellow so I was a excited to come across this one for sale in Ohio, even though I don’t particularly love yellow. Much to my dismay, this 300SEL has probably seen its last ride.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5 on eBay
Model: 300SEL 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 77,053 mi
Price: Reserve auction
Paint Code: 624G Yellow
A 1972 Mercedes 300SEL 4.5 liter, Yellow with Brown interior, A/C. Just came out of a long term ownership. Matching numbers car. The car has been off the road for many years undriven. A very straight and honest body. The chrome is in very good condition. Besides rust holes on the passenger side floor, it has a solid undercarriage.
The interior is in good condition and can be used as it is. It is just showing its age. Becker radio.
The engine does not turn over due to sitting.
Comes with all the original owner manuals.
An excellent original car needing work. Rolls and steers fine for transportation purposes.
Please note there is no TITLE for this car, it will be sold on a BILL OF SALE ONLY.
Any questions welcome.
Please message or call Frank Sajjad at 2166452100.
(We can help to make arrangements for worldwide shipping.)
Shipping cost to Rotterdam or Felixstowe, UK is $1,500
Sadly, I think this car has lived its life. Restoring or even just getting the car drivable would be a task that would outweigh what the car is worth.…
Early buyers of the W126 in America had to make do with the relatively anaemic 3.8 liter V8 in the 380SEL. Thirsty and underpowered, it was a bit of a disappointment. Meanwhile, European customers were offered the better performing 500SEL, which was powered a 5.0 liter version of the M117 block good for about 240hp. Although MB USA eventually relented in the face of demand and brought the car over by official channels, early Euro-spec examples pop up for sale in the US every now and again, since many of them made it over to these shores via the gray market.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL on eBay…
Last week I looked at a low mileage 1991 560SEC and explained while I think they are amazing cars, buying a ultra low mileage one isn’t the best decision if you want to fully enjoy them. Today’s C126 for sale in New York has a little more miles and is a little less pricey that maybe makes it a little better option if you are looking for a great SEC.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on Craigslist…
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…
“Pre-merger” AMG cars date from the period when the company was not yet officially part of Mercedes-Benz and instead existed as an independent tuner (it would be folded into the MB family in the early to mid 1990s). Back then, customers could upgrade their cars with AMG parts by choosing from a menu of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades and having them shipped from the production line to Affalterbach for modification (or, if they were in the US, having those parts installed by a locally authorized dealer, like the storied Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories). Early period AMG cars that show up for sale today offer a neat slice of the exotic 80s tuner world, but they present a number of difficulties when it comes to authentication. This gray market, seemingly AMG modified 500SE is a good case in point.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SE AMG on eBay…
If you wanted a V8-powered, short wheelbase W126 in America, you had one option: the 380SE. Unfortunately, the 3.8 liter M116 V8 under the hood was a bit of a dud. Thirsty and somewhat underwhelming, it was eventually phased out in 1985. From then on, US-based customers had to buy a long wheelbase 420 or 560 SEL to get a V8 in their S-class. The Europeans, however, got the 500SE, which combined the more impressive 5.0 liter M117 V8 with the shorter and (in my opinion) more attractive chassis. But it was never officially offered over here. Nonetheless, some of them made it to these shores via the gray market. Presumably that’s how this one ended up in Michigan.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500SE on eBay…
You probably know all about the W124 AMG ‘Hammer’ cars by now. A normal 300E that was transformed by then independent company AMG into a four-door monster thanks to the punched-out 6.0 liter M117/9 and various other à la carte options depending on the owners desires. They didn’t call these cars the ‘Hammer’ for nothing with 375-ish horsepower and even more torque. Because of this, the values have held strong at nearly 10 times and sometimes even more than what you’d pay for a normal W124 300E. When one of these cars come up for auction, it’s usually a big deal. This 1988 Hammer heading to the block at the end of the month will probably fetch a pretty penny, despite what Sotheby’s is predicting. So let’s check this monster out:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG ‘6.0 Hammer’ at RM Sotheby’s…
Last week I checked out a 1978 350SE that was chock-full of little goodies but didn’t really past muster as a good buy. Today we have another W116 that seems to check all the boxes of of what a proper 1970’s S-Class should bring to the table as a nice driver and possible collector car. Located in Switzerland, the black paint is only the tip of the iceberg as to what this 450SEL offers. So let’s check out this blood-red big Benz.