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1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

Earlier this week, I checked out one of the nicest W126s I’ve seen in a while with a 1987 560SEL. Today, we have another 1987 560, although this one is the brother car, the SEC. These big body coupes have been shooting up in value of late, but they are still well within reasonable range to grab at a decent price if you wish. Of course, color and condition are the biggest factor in what these sell for, but if you can find one that is well looked after and doesn’t carry a crazy price tag, then it is not a bad way to spend your money. If you are lucky enough to run across an example as nice as this C126 for sale in California, then I wouldn’t sleep on it at all.

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Year: 1987
Model: 560SEC
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 159,890 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This w126 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC has been collector owned, driven and maintained up to impeccable standards with an open wallet.

Please see the detailed service records totaling over $50,000 that has been spent on this car.

It was bought new in Texas where it was always MB dealer serviced at Intercontinental Motors in Houston, TX with stamped owner’s booklet. The original owner then moved to Las Vegas where again it was always dealer serviced with stamped booklet at Fletcher Jones Motorcars Las Vegas, NV.

The car was brought to Southern California in the early 90’s by the second owner who lived in West Hollywood. He was a real estate agent in Beverly Hills and maintained the car religiously with detailed records for literally every penny spent on it (other than gas).

– The car has absolutely no rust or corrosion anywhere.
– Drives and shifts perfectly.
– All books, tools, warranty and service book, spare tire, and detailed records included.
– Tires have only a few thousand miles on them with a lot of tread remaining.
– Everything works perfectly including sunroof, AC, lights, radio, antenna, both horns (except passenger mirror motor not functioning).
– Windows front and rear work smoothly and flawlessly allowing “pillarless coupe” cruising.
– Seat belt presenters work perfectly (please see video in link).
– Includes all records organized with spreadsheet broken down by year.
– AC recently serviced and blows ice cold.
– All essential and required maintenance done at correct intervals such as oil changes, brakes serviced, filters and fluids flushed etc…
– Recent documented work includes timing chain and valve job, transmission reseal, antenna motor rebuilt, ignition wire set and plugs, steering box rebuilt, water pump, thermostat, all belts, fan clutch, starter and shim, all filters and hoses, fluids, wires, plugs, all addressed with OEM MB parts.

– Small scuff on front bumper above front plate (please see first picture in link).
– Small scratch that has been touched up on driver’s side rear fender lip (please see second and third pictures in link).
– Very small and minor touch up of .25 inch scratch just below fuel filler door (please see fourth picture in link).
– Passenger side mirror motor not functioning.

Inspections welcomed and encouraged.

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This is a really great example of a “driver”. It has a surprising 160,000 miles on it but it looks like it has less than half of that because of how it has been maintained. When I say maintained, this car just wasn’t just looked after by a weekend warrior in the home garage, this was a no expense spared car. The rest of the car just looks great with its excellent 040U black paint paired with chrome 15 hole wheels. It has a few little scrapes and scuffs, but honestly I didn’t even see them until they were pointed out in the description. The seats, wood and carpets look fresh with almost no wear on them either.

I’m really curious to see where the bidding ends with this one. It has the higher miles but the maintenance records fully support this C126 being in top shape. I don’t think that 160,000 will be scaring off anyone and you are more likely to find a buyer who wants this car to continue driving, not sit the majority of the time. If this was a 60,000 car, I’d probably guess close to the $20,000 mark, but I don’t run across examples like this one too often with its extensive service history. I think it’ll pass the $10,000 mark easily, but where it stops? Anyone’s guess.

Thanks to our reader Juan for the spot!

– Andrew


  1. AllenReid
    AllenReid September 28, 2017

    These are definitely starting to appreciate now. Great buy for under $15,000.

  2. Jeff
    Jeff September 29, 2017

    Wow, talk about open wallet. I have this cars twin but an 89 and and SEL. I contacted the seller and he seems knowledgeable and legit. He wouldn’t tell me the reserve but kind of hinted it was under 10 grand which would make this a steal. People say in a few years these will be worth a lot of money but I’ve started to see now even uncared for ones selling for good money.
    And unlike the really low mile cars, this car you can enjoy happily 3-4 days a week or as a daily if you want without hurting its value as long as you maintain and document it like the previous owners have. I’m betting it goes for $15 grand if the seller really has a reserve set realistically like he says.

  3. audifan
    audifan September 30, 2017

    Californians seem to have a hard time NOT to chrome wheels on cars which look so much better with OEM wheels.

  4. son of stig
    son of stig October 1, 2017

    It was the 80s. It happens

  5. Carter
    Carter October 11, 2017

    Sold for $10,600

  6. Juan
    Juan October 30, 2017

    I saw this car at a local Mercedes show last weekend spoke to the owner. He was the seller and said car was going to go south of the border to Mexico but he never received full payment so he decided to keep it.

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