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1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

Last week, I took a look at one of the nicest examples of a W140 Mercedes-Benz S-Class that I’ve seen in quite some time. In addition to it being extremely clean, it was also optioned with the cloth/velour interior. Like mentioned, that interior choice was actually a more expensive option, which in terms of the American market, seems counter-intuitive. As luck would have it, another top of the range S-Class popped up with a velour interior and this time its on US soil.

This 1988 560SEC up for sale in Portland, Oregon is a left-hand drive car built for the Japanese market which means it has all the European-spec goodies. Shorter bumpers, the proper headlights, and the wonderful patterned blue velour interior. Wait until you see it.

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Year: 1988
Model: 560SEC
VIN: WDB1260451A391122
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 92.000 km (57,000 mi)
Location: Portland, Oregon
Price: Buy It Now $18,500

1988 Mercedes 560SEC ex-Japan Import – Low Kilometers

92,XXX Kilometers (57,XXX Miles !) since new

Euro Bumpers and headlights

First Aid Kit, Hazard Triangle and Factory Toolkit

Original Unused Spare Tire and Factory Hang Tag in Trunk

Upgraded Exhaust

New Michelin Tires

Unique Blue Velour Interior

Freshly Rebuilt Original Becker Radio with Bluetooth

Extra Photos are available, please email and I will send you a link with an online album.
VIN: WDB1260451A391122 (For some reason the eBay system would not recognize the real VIN so I have added it here)

I purchased this a few years ago in Vancouver BC Canada from the 2nd owner. The original owner was a businessman in Japan who also had a residence in Vancouver. At some point in the late 90’s he exported the car to his place in Vancouver. Interior is a time capsule ! The exterior does have a few small chips and dings. Contact me for extra pictures or with questions. Everything on the car works properly and the car just received an oil change and had the AC repaired and re-charged. Ready for the next owner. Please feel free to come and give it a spin. Serious inquiries only please. I travel a lot so the buyer will have to work around my schedule. Thank you for looking!

Noted Flaws:
some scuffing on rear bumper
small ding on chrome trunk lid strip
a few chips and very small dings on the body
some wear around the drivers door handle from normal use
one very tiny 1/4″ split in the dash near a speaker grill corner (not noticeable, but I am a bit obsessive)
one area on the roof of the car towards the drivers side that looks a little hazy, but a detailer pro may be able to buff it out
one 1/2″ area of surface rust near the trunk lid gasket on the inside of the trunk

Please understand that any and all inquiries and inspections must be performed before the auction ends. If you win the auction or use the Buy It Now button your are confirming you will abide by the guidelines of the auction. International bidders are welcome and I will help in any way I can.

Payment is to be carried out by bank wire or cashiers check only. Payment is due within 3 business days of auction end. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due within 24 hours of purchase of the car.

I can assist with finding a reliable shipping company if needed and I will work with the company of your choice, however, please keep in mind that I have a busy travel schedule so the pickup will have to work around that.

I was excited for this one, but it looks like it needs a little love on the exterior. It has a list of little things that need touched up and has some rust in some places I wouldn’t prefer. The good news is that the really important interior looks to very nice. The blue velour with the white lines in it is a very rare interior option on the C126 and thankfully this one held up. Odometer says around 57,000 miles which I can probably believe given that the cloth is fresh and the wood still shines very nicely.

The asking price of $19,000 would seem reasonable if this one was in a little better shape cosmetically. For some reason this car just looks dull on the exterior. Maybe it is the fade wheels, but the grille plastic also looks badly faded. I think the price isn’t too far off, but for $19,000 I want a little more. Cool example none the less.

– Andrew


  1. Brady Moffatt
    Brady Moffatt February 13, 2020

    Wow. shows as sold already!

    I love the look of single unit speedos. Our North American dual scale speedos always look cluttered.

    Also, those Euro lights likely have RHD which would need to be changed to avoid blinding all oncoming drivers and to be able to see orad signs.

  2. Brady Moffatt
    Brady Moffatt February 13, 2020

    Yikes. Typos.

    RHD lenses.

    Road signs.

  3. Marco
    Marco February 13, 2020

    W126 not w140!

  4. MrMan
    MrMan February 14, 2020

    Those almost look like sport seats!

  5. Audifan
    Audifan February 15, 2020

    These blue velour seats are not a very rare option. These were the standard seats for ROW C126s.
    Leather or Amaretta were an option.
    It’s quite common to see velour interior in Japanese spec. MBZs.
    It’s considered more elegant and makes the cabin “quieter” i.e. no unwanted noises from leather which could be mistaken for something else.:)

  6. John
    John February 17, 2020

    C126 not W126 In the U.S. it also could com with MB-tex or leather.

  7. Audifan
    Audifan February 17, 2020

    C126s were NEVER offered with MB-Tex anywhere.

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