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. The car appears to have been updated with a more modern flat screen television screen which tells me that the car has been cared for. The ad states that several maintenance issues have been kept up so the car is ready to go. It does have the hydropneumatic suspension for a smoother ride, but look out for potential higher costs in terms of servicing if not maintained.

There are only 39,000 miles on the machine so it hasn’t been used much. When you think what this custom work cost new some owner had some very expensive dollars per mile with this car. The setup of the interior is designed for the business person, not the party wagon with limited seating.

The ad listing doesn’t provide much description about the car, it doesn’t even say what model it is, but a look under the hood shows this is a 560SEL based car. Which makes sense since that would have been the top of the line Benz sedan of the day. The 5.6 liter V8 should be providing plenty of power to move the car along at highway speed despite the extra weight.

Not a bad car, and at that mileage it should have plenty of life left. If you want to be carted around, but can’t let go of the 1980s this is your car. The price is a bit steep at $29,500. I doubt there will be any takers at that price. You could get yourself a really nice 750il or newer S class at that price. While they wouldn’t have as much leg room they might be more practical choices unless you really want to run a livery service.

1987 Mercedes 560SEL Carat by Duchatelet Limo on eBay

~Evan

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

As a child growing up in the 1980s, I had big dreams like my peers. But mine were always different. Ever since I can remember, I wanted a Mercedes-Benz S class. But not just any S class. A black W126 S class, to be specific. To me, this particular car speaks of success without shouting about it. I remember a wealthy industrialist in Northern Portugal with whom my grandfather was business associates had a fleet of them outside of his villa. As a teenager in high school, I came across a 1991 300SEL for sale on the used lot at a Lexus dealer in a similar black on black color combination as this 560SEL. Since it was only about five years old at the time, the car was very much out of my reach. Still, I dream of owning a W126 someday. While I’ve had two Mercedes-Benzes pass through my hands, I have yet to obtain that big, black S class in the sky. If ever I was going to pull the trigger, it would be on a car similar to this low mileage 560SEL for sale on Long Island.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL on eBay

Here is a beautiful 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL. Finished with a black exterior and black leather interior. Driven just 59,800 careful miles since new. Options include heated front and rear seats, power sunroof, power rear seats and much more. This 560SEL just underwent a complete oil and fluid service within the last 20 miles and it drives even better than it looks. The eight cylinder engine is strong and powerful and the automatic transmission shifts properly through all of the gears. The steering is tight and precise and the brakes just feel great. All of the electricals work perfectly and the air conditioning is ice cold. This really is a fantastic Mercedes-Benz to drive.

The interior is stunning. The black leather seats are in remarkable condition (see pictures) showing virtually no wear at all to any of the seats. The dashboard is like new (the wood is in excellent condition) and even the carpets don’t look or feel like they have been stepped on thanks to the factory Mercedes-Benz floor mats that have been protecting them. The exterior is what really sets this particular 560SEL apart from the best. The black paint is in fantastic condition (see pictures) with no major scratches or dings anywhere at all. The paint is still bright and shiny just like it was in 1991 when this 560SEL was on the showroom floor at the Mercedes-Benz dealership. Add the optional alloy wheels mounted on very nice tires and this car really does look special.

The 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL really is the ultimate luxury sedan with a classic twist. It has timeless looks, great performance and all of Mercedes-Benz legendary safety, luxury and reliability. I have owned a lot of older SELs, but this one happens to look and drive as new as any. The only real “apologies” to this 1991 560SEL are a couple of touch ups (see pictures) and light dings that are to be expected on any used car.

There were a few errors in the description by the seller. Heated seats, power rear seats, alloy wheels and a sunroof were NOT options on what was the flagship Mercedes-Benz at the time. These items came as standard. Values on W126s vary greatly, depending on the engine and year. Late model examples, like this final year 560SEL, bring the most cash. Given the mileage and condition, I would say we are looking at a car that would realistically sell for between $13,000 to $16,000. I’ve seen dealers with low mileage S classes advertised for over $20,000, but in all honesty, only the most museum quality examples would command such a number. Anything else in that range, including a car like this – nice as it is – is getting ahead of the market.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL with 45,000 miles

Here is the perfect compliment to the low mileage Mercedes-Benz 560SEC that we featured a few days ago. A 1991 560SEL with 45,000 miles. This W126, like the SEC featured earlier, represents the last year for this legendary S class chassis. It’s color, Smoke Silver, was a popular period hue. From the unblemished interior to the immaculate alloy wheels, this vehicle is quite the time warp.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL on eBay

One owner California owned 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL. Silver on tan leather with only 45,000 miles. Fully loaded, floor mats, books, tape/AM/FM, books and more. The car has 15″ wheels with new tires and this car has a very rare rear sunshade that we have never seen in a 560 or 420SEL. It has a gorgeous color combination or silver with tan interior. The car is super tight and clean, the only flaw on the car is the hood, very light scratch and only seen in certain lights and two bird droppings that has a faded shape in the paint. The car has a 5.6 V8, powerful motor that is very tight, fast and smooth. Don’t miss this chance to own this rare beauty with low miles.

Like the low mileage 560SEC, everything is right about this vehicle for me from the tasteful color combination to the year and condition. I like how the wheels have been updated with the center caps with chrome emblems, as these were originally painted silver. It lends a nice finishing touch to one of the best flagship W126 I’ve come across in quite some time.

-Paul

Black Series 3 of 4 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL AMG

Part 3 of my black AMG cars. This one might be the ugly duckling of the bunch, though that is a bit harsh, as really it just stands out since it is the only four door. With the black out look, including the painted honeycomb grille, and the dark tint the car looks gangster.

The AMG package is cosmetic and consists of bumpers and skirts. The car doesn’t appear to be a Euro model, but it does look like it comes with Euro headlights and taillights and in combo with the AMG kit it gives the proper look.

The interior has some oddities, the owner replaced the stock seats, which were apparently shot, with some Sparco race buckets. These look a bit out of place, but as the owner says, they could easily be replaced again. Their is a modern radio/TV added to the car as well.

The owner says the car has always been garaged and that it runs and rives great however, it may have suffered from sitting for an extended period of time as the owner says the tires are shot and flat spotted. The tire and wheel package on this car are an expensive one, three piece 18″ HRE rims, so too bad about the tires.  The car has 65,000 miles.

This being the 560 it is the more desirable big brother and top of the heap of the W126 sedans. The car is being sold with no reserve and has bids up to $2,300 currently, a steal of a price. Anything under $5,000 for this can be considered well bought, I’d expect it to go higher, but suspect things like the goofy seats may be keeping enthusiasts away. Also the seller has no feedback so bid with caution, but maybe that fact will help you get a great deal.

1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL AMG on eBay

~Evan

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL with 25,000 miles

Growing up, I used to collect car brochures. What started as a hobby turned into a storage nightmare. So as any good librarian would do, I cataloged everything and organized all of them in a file cabinet. I remember the 1989 Mercedes-Benz brochure distinctly. It was about a 50 page booklet, with a two page spread at the end featuring a silver 560SEL. Unlike a lot of other kids who grew up in the 1980s that dreamed of Lamborghini Countaches and Ferrari Testarossas, I dreamt of driving a big, black S class. While I’ve owned two Mercedes so far, I haven’t had my W126 fantasy fulfilled. Which is probably why I was searching around today for clean, unmolested examples. Like this one for sale in California with only 25,000 miles.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL with 25k miles on eBay

-Smoke Silver(702)/Dark Brown Leather(173)
-25,427 original miles, Single corporate owner until July 2011
-Original sales invoice ($74,233 cost new), original handbooks, original window sticker
-Original unused spare, unused tool roll
-Spotless interior trim, superb burlwood, perfect headliner, rear seat foot rests, non-smoker,
-All original sheetmetal, likely original paint as per electronic paint depth inspection (hood reads higher than other panels although shows no evidence of paintwork)
-Spotless undercarriage/wheel arches and engine bay.
-Every item functions as Mercedes-Benz intended
-A few very minor paint chips
-Superb wheels, recent Michelin ‘Pilot’ tires
-An amazing 126 series ‘survivor’ suitable to win at any Mercedes-Benz Club of America event.
-Major service and careful inspection just completed
-One of the finest 560SELs in the United States

I’m not a big fan of beige cars, but the tobacco leather is in great condition and makes the large interior look rich. Also, with features like dual airbags and anti-lock brakes, this is truly a practical classic that could hold its own against newer vehicles. I happened to peruse the Mercedes-Benz Classic website and they have a 560SEL for sale with a click over 60,000 miles on sale at EUR 36,750, or about $52,000. While that makes this car’s buy it now price seem reasonable, from recent sales I’ve come across it appears a more realistic value would be settling in around the $15,000 to $20,000 mark.

It’s common knowledge that most Mercedes-Benz sedans don’t command the higher prices that coupes and convertibles do. However, if one Mercedes-Benz sedan is going to see values take off in the coming years, it would have to be the W126 S Class. More modern than the W116 without being as complex as the W140 that followed, these cars have withstood the test of time.

-Paul

1990 Mercedes 560SEL AMG & 1988 560SEL Lorinser

Fans of the big body Benz W126 models are in luck with two special models on eBay right now.

First off is a 1988 U.S. spec 560SEL decked out in the Lorinser kit with 110,904 miles. The seller states this is a two owner car that has been well maintained. They have the original sticker with the car and its price is listed as $70,160, not including the $12,000 that the Lorinser body kit and rims added. There isn’t much more info about the car, but it does come with some spare parts. The car looks pretty good, it has tinted tail lights which, along with the color matched rims and grille, help the blacked out effect. There are white face gauge set on the inside with red accents, which stand out. The Lorinser kit is subtly different from the AMG kit; this car comes with the original Lorinser Sport Service badge. The car is begging for someone to toss the sunken U.S. spec headlights. Bidding sits at $3,550 with three days left and the reserve not met.

 

If you like the 560SEL above, but it just doesn’t quite fit the look you like in terms of your Miami Vice style Benz sedans then this following car shows a bit more refinement. This 1990 560SEL AMG is close to the peak in terms of the W126 sedans. Hat tip to reader Andrew for noticing this on Canadian eBay. Comparing this Euro car side by side with the U.S. Lorinser model above you can see how its lines are smoother and the AMG package just seems a bit tighter. The air dams and rocker aero package are a bit better sculpted, the Euro headlights make for a smooth front face, and the blacked out effect is completed with more success with the chrome around the doors being body color as well, though the AMG three piece wheels do retain a chrome lip.

This car has 64,178 miles and a long list of proper modifications. The Japanese market AMG logo “ducktail” spoiler mounted on this car, never all that appealing to me, I prefer the more traditional third brake light AMG straight spoiler, is a rare option. Again comparing this 560 to the one above you can really see how the AMG suspension components this car has gives it a lower wider stance. The seller lists this car as being a 9.8 out of 10 on the outside, with new clear coat and a 10 out of 10 on the inside. The 300 km/h speedo and white face AMG gauge set struck my as different and it took me a second to figure out why. The reason is all the yellow needles have been replaced with blacked out pieces, attention to detail there. The whole car does look fine.

Other parts on this car include the power rear sunshade, the heated power seats, and the 2.65 limited slip diff with second gear start switch, this can be swapped to a numerically higher diff, AMG offered several, for more sporting stop light performance, but you will lose some of the long haul highway munching characteristics this car is built for.
The seller lists the AMG parts as:

AMG paint scheme ( blacked out chrome finish )
AMG suspension [springs and shocks with stamps on them]
AMG complete exhaust system from the down pipes with AMG catalytic converter
AMG spoilers [ Japan version front and the so called “ducktail” ]
AMG 3 pc. 17″ staggered rims
AMG transmission with higher shifting points
AMG steering wheel
AMG cluster with 300 Km with correct reading of speed
AMG door thresholds on all 4 doors
AMG center wooden console
AMG wooden shift knob complete with logo
AMG authentic sticker on glove box wooden trim

I also note there is an AMG badge placed on top of the period car phone. A small Mercedes trophy sits in the console perhaps from a car show the seller took the car to.

This car won’t sell cheaply, but will not bring the same amount as an AMG engine modified car. Heavy bidding has it at $12,000 with reserve not met and five days left.

If you have your own 500 or 560 and want to add some life to it, there is a set of genuine AMG headers for sale right now on eBay for $2,300.

 

~Evan