A NEW APPROACH IN AN AGE OLD BUSINESS+44 (0) 1926 691 141
Sold for: £15,700
Mercedes-Benz launched its new S-Class in 1979 hopeful of retaining the title of the "World's Best Luxury Car" for the next decade. The W126 range succeeded admirably, achieving critical acclaim worldwide - including Australia, where it won Wheels Magazine's coveted "Car of the Year" award for 1981. The engineers at Stuttgart paid greater attention to aerodynamics (the W126 had a class leading 0.36 Cd) for better economy and pioneered a number of safety systems like ABS and SRS airbags, helping make the new S-Class the first production car able to meet stringent new regulations for surviving an offset frontal collision. The S-Class was commercially successful, and a total of 890,000 were sold worldwide in 13 years of production. The W126 range consisted of the 280SE/SEL six-cylinder models and two V8 variants, the 380SE/SEL and 500SE/SEL. In 280 guise, the W126 was powered by the proven M110 six-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts and Bosch fuel injection, a motor capable of delivering ample performance without sacrificing fuel economy. Inside, the W126 range was typically well thought out and equipped with every luxury available at the time, all built to the highest possible standards. Indeed, the superb build quality, combined with the relative lack of electronic gizmos, has probably contributed to the extraordinary number of W126s still in daily use around the world and they are now remarkably good value. Given its popularity, it's very rare to find a very low mileage 280 SE and we are therefore very proud to offer this truly unusual and special car that has only completed a remarkable 5,700km during its lifetime. As one might expect, this car is presented in excellent condition with the ‘new car smell' being one of your first impressions upon sitting in the driver's seat. The extensive history file containing all relevant original registration and order form documents, along with every invoice from new, confirms the feeling that this really is a one off opportunity to purchase this left-hand drive, one owner, very desirable emerging classic. Mechanically very sound, easy to drive and offered here at no reserve, we dare you not to give it a go!