Have you ever fallen in love with a car instantly? Is it sometimes completely irrational? I am somewhat ashamed to admit I let out a low sigh accompanied by an “Oh, man!” when I first came across this 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SE. Perhaps my wife is too accustomed to me doing so, because she didn’t even direct her stare in my direction – instead simply saying “What now?” Expecting to see some exotic Ferrari or Lamborghini, it was instead a rather boring looking Mercedes-Benz. And it was green. Really, really green. She also emitted a low sigh, but coupled it instead with an “Ugh!” That, however, did not dissuade me. I continued to stare at this Euro-spec W126, thinking that all should have come in short wheel base configuration, in Willow Green, and with green cloth interiors:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SE on eBay
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 141,386 mi
Price: $5,000 Buy It Now
Please note that the VIN on this car causes a validation error on Ebay. If you check it ( WDB12603612022669 ) on Carfax it will work. I have changed the year of the car to 1980 to get past this bug, but the car year is 1982.
This is a rare 1982 Mercedes Benz 500SE with only 141,000 miles. She’s a looker.
Previously owned by the German Consulate in SF. It has been federalized to US safety and emission standards. The North American market or at least the US never received the 500SE (W126) model but rather the 500SEL model (longer wheelbase, heavier, larger, less horsepower, etc.) which later evolved into the 560SEL model. This model (the 500SE) is difficult to find outside of Europe, and it benefits from smaller bumpers than the clumsy looking American-style bumpers, a more powerful engine, and a velour/plush interior that you can’t find anywhere (check the pictures — it’s like a living room with wheels). Also the radio controls are German.
This car is in truly outstanding condition, and has original ‘willow’ green paint (sort of a light silver green) which is in excellent condition especially considering it is 32 years old. The interior, chrome, and glass are all original and are in very good condition. The headliner is like new. The carpets and dash are in excellent condition. Mechanically, the car runs fantastic and is reliable — performs like a champ on road trips!
The previous owner installed Bilstein struts and shocks as well as H&R springs which lowered the car a bit. Front suspension was also redone – all the control arms, bushings, etc. are new. Also has a flowmaster performance exhaust system & new all-season tires as of Feb 1, 2014.
This car does not sound like most Mercedes, it sounds more like a small block Chevy or Ford.
Brake pads, sensors, and calipers replaced
Redone auto lock vacuum pump
I have all receipts from previous owner and my recent repairs.
I’m the type of car owner that quickly repairs any issues with the car. This car has performed better than I could possible have imagined. It’s a reliable, powerful, fun car!
Large electric sunroof, and just about power everything else
Engine is a 5.0 liter SOHC all alloy V8 that puts out more power than the comparable American model and sounds beastly.
Wheels are a BBS style wheel made by Rial.
Damage: Scratches on side of car (not deeper than the paint), small tear on left side of driver’s side seat (2″ square), tape player doesn’t work (radio does).
Of course, to me what makes this car special is that not all W126s came in this shade. While it’s not hugely abnormal to see a light green W126, the combination with the green interior and short wheel base really make a statement. Couple that with the cool period Rial wheels and a slightly lowered stance and this car really stands apart from the crowd. I’m aware that not all will love it, but I sure do. If there’s a downside it’s perhaps the Flowmaster exhaust; while I’m sure it sounds good and elicits some smiles it’s hard for me to imagine an American soundtrack tied to the otherwise stately W126. Of course, perhaps it’s more fitting considering the abnormal combination of this striking short wheel base. Regardless, though few obviously selected this color combination and configuration originally this will remain one of my favorite W126s I have ever seen.