1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

A couple weeks ago we featured an 1984 500 SEC AMG. While it was a great low mile example of 1980’s tuning, it was far form attainable at a $64K asking price.  Enter the logical alternative, the 560 SEC.  While not equipped with all of the AMG goodies, this 560 SEC is arguably a much better car. With the more powerful 5.6l V8 (279bhp and 317lb/ft) and oozing with luxury options the 1988 560 SEC was the highest evolution of the W126 coupes.

This black on black beauty for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina is a tribute to Mercedes Benz class and luxury.

Year: 1988
Model: 560SEC
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 134,180
Price: $15,995 Buy it Now

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on eBay

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In the late-80s, the heaviest of heavy-hitters was the Mercedes-Benz S-class, with the dramatic 560SEC coupe at the very top of the hierarchy. Stunning luxury machines like this black-on-black 1988 example could hammer the Autobahn all day at triple-digit speeds, coddling their occupants like no other car in the world. Fresh off a recent service by a Mercedes-Benz dealership, this one is ready to impress today.

Few cars have a more commanding road presence than an S-class Mercedes, especially in sinister, inky black. With a recent paint job, this one doesnt look 24 years old, now rejuvenated and beautifully preserved thanks to an enthusiastic owner. The big coupe has style in spades, with a dramatic hardtop profile and sleek lines that definitely announce that this big Benz takes no prisoners. In typical German fashion, the design is restrained and the clean lines minimize the cars size, but theres no denying that this is a lot of car hammering down the road. A few bits of chrome, like the surround for the window opening emphasizes the cars best attributes, and theres just no mistaking the big 3-pointed star up front that moves lesser traffic out of the way like a snow plow.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Carat by Duchatelet Limousine

The limos that have come through our pages before always attract a very specific type of buyer. They are a hard sell. The types that can afford a limo usually want a brand new one for status points. Old limos often show signs of abuse or have weak points if they were assembled poorly. We’ve seen old limos turned into campers, but really you have to want to be a chauffeur to buy one.

Year: 1987
Model: 560SEL Carat Duchatelet Limo
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 39,000
Price:  $29,500. Buy It Now

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Carat by Duchatelet Limo on eBay

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This Duchatelet customized Benz shows classic understated looks. Not nearly as ostentatious as a modern two tone Maybach or as crazy as many of the other 1980s Mercedes tuners. This style is something that Duchatelet was known for. The Belgian based company did extensive work on interiors of Mercedes vehicles, but their conversions we almost always done in a tasteful and functional manner. Though not their main job they did however offer gullwing door conversions.

The company, whose motto was “Nothing great was ever born of compromise,” worked on the full line of Benz cars. They would do security and interior packages for stretched W126 cars or interiors on W124 chassis cars. The only thing they didn’t do was performance modifications, instead they focused their energy on making some of the most exclusive and expensive interiors for very high end customers.

In looking at the pictures you can see that the fit and finish of the interior custom work looks like it came straight from the factory. The look is one of elegance and not cobbled together prom night limo. Custom touches extend to the door sills and gauge cluster. There is a lot of extra wood and leather and some extra electronics including a retractable divider.…

1984 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG Widebody

As a child of the 80’s it goes without saying that this very car graced the walls of my bedroom sandwiched between a 911 and a Countach. This was the sort of car I lusted after when I was young. Today I still have a soft spot for this look, as the monochromatic AMG look is truly timeless.

Whoever ordered this car new knew what they were doing and certainly spared no expense. With every AMG appearance accessory available in 1984, this car must have cost at least double that of a 500 SEC off the showroom floor. With such limited information in the ad, it isn’t too clear if this car has the engine upgrades to back up the stunning looks. Either way this beautiful India Red over tan 500 SEC is the stuff dreams were made of in 1984.

Year: 1984
Model: 500 SEC AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 3,300
Price: $62,500

Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG Widebody


Full AMG steel wide body, 5.4 litre quad cam, four valve motor, every AMG option available.

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This is certainly a rare car to say the least, as AMG cars of this era were custom ordered out of a catalog. This is in contrast to buying a full AMG car right off the lot as you can today. With 3,300 original miles, the all steel widebody, and AMG parts galore, this car certainly commands a high dollar price tag….but $62,500? That may be a little too high. Considering a mint 500 SEC is valued at $24,000 on the high side, it’s tough to justify a full $40,000 premium for the AMG treatment. If this car had the legendary DOHC 6.0L I think the potential could be there, however, with the 5.4 V8, I’d be more interested in this car in the $40,000 to $45,000 range.…