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1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

Walk around any new car lot these days and one thing seems to be lacking: color. Even scanning the Porsche lot I visited a few days ago, there was not much on hand outside of silver, white and black. Sure, these colors are good for resale, but where’s everyone’s imagination these days? What ever happened to some of the bright colors of yore that graced some of the cars we know and love? Signal Red might not be your typical S-class hue, but it sure makes a statement on this 1989 560SEC. After all, this was a car devised as a personal luxury coupe. Why not personalize it? This 560SEC for sale in Seattle is closing in on 100,000 miles, has been garaged since new and comes replete with service records from the Mercedes-Benz dealer.

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Year: 1989
Model: 560SEC
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 92,320 mi
Price: $13,800 Buy It Now

Your search for a beautiful, original and incredibly well-maintained 126 560SEC can end now. According to records is was purchased new in Texas then was traded in to Phil Smart Mercedes who then retailed it to its second owner in 1997 for $33,770. Reputable “Buyer’s guide” books will recommend getting the very best example you can find for the money. Look for service records, impeccable original interiors, and previous owners who spared no expense in keeping their 560SEC in top condition. Anything less can get upside down in a hurry. Mercedes coupes of this caliber may cost more upfront, but will pay off in the end with excellent investment potential while providing reliable, worry-free service. As they say: there’s nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes.


– 92,320 original miles
– Documented Mercedes-Benz dealer service records.
– Garaged since new. Lived much of life in the mild, salt-free climate of Seattle (no rust or interior UV damage)
– Runs and drives like it just left the showroom
– Rare factory Signal Red paint over stunning and incredibly clean light beige leather interior
– Optional heated seats (working)
– Working cruise control
– 80%+ tread on matching Michelin tires
– A/C needs recharge

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to buy one of the greatest automobiles ever built for a fraction of its original cost. Feel free to click the Buy it Now price or make an offer. Serious inquiries please call Jon @ 425-446-1895

While R107 SL prices have taken off, W126 S-class sedans and SEC coupes have stayed relatively reasonably in terms of value, considering these cars are so well regarded by Mercedes enthusiasts. Like the W124 Coupe we featured on Monday, I think this 560SEC is fantastic value for money, considering the condition, mileage and provenance. These coupes inherited the indestructibility trait from their sedan counterparts, as I just witnessed a friend who ran a 560SEC with little issue right up to 300,000 miles. This 560SEC certainly has room to grow in terms of value and collectability as the years pass, so those looking for the next best thing in terms of classic Mercedes-Benzes might start here.



  1. Scott
    Scott July 6, 2016

    Once again, with feeling: If the A/C truly does just need a recharge, go ahead and recharge it before you offer the car for sale – otherwise, state the A/C is inoperative and may require servicing.

  2. Bushwick Bob
    Bushwick Bob July 6, 2016

    This A/C probably ran on R12. Not as simple as driving down to the AutoZone and plunking down $40. However, a dealer should really make an effort to get top dollar.

  3. Brad
    Brad July 6, 2016

    I mean doesn’t the freon leak out because there is a leak? So what’s the use of recharging it without the big fix. Saying it needs a recharge is just so cavalier.

    There is a Porsche dealership I drive past. For the last few years it has never changed: there is a row of about thirty cars. Twenty are SUVs. Twenty-eight are white, black, and shades of xanax gray (not even silver). One is navy and one is red. Pathetic. If you blur your eyes what you mainly see are white SUVs and gray 911 shapes.

  4. audifan
    audifan July 6, 2016

    This is a very interesting and unusual color for a C126. Contrary to the dealer’s statement, this car is not “light beige”, which would be parchment or cream beige in MBZ terms, it’s palomino instead.

    A/C needs charge…… Sure 1.000 – 1600.00 will take care of that.

  5. DavidB
    DavidB July 6, 2016

    The A/C system was originally R12 but this particular car shows caps for R134a fittings. These cars don’t perform well at all on R134a in hot climates, but an owner living in Seattle would probably never notice.

    R12 is about $30 per pound and this car only requires two pounds. I’m amazed that people avoid sourcing the correct refrigerant when the actual refrigerant cost is so low.

    Considering the ragged condition of most W126/C126 cars, this one seems to be very presentable and reasonably priced.

  6. Poorhouse
    Poorhouse July 7, 2016

    Red over Palomino is about a good as it gets.

    This car looks to be a very good deal.

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