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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.