1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SEC

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  • Very low mileage of only 66,000 from new
  • Just three registered keepers
  • Current enthusiast keeper since 2006
  • Regularly serviced and maintained
  • Recent exhaust, brake work, battery and fuel relay
  • Recently achieved MOT and tax exempt Historic Vehicle status 

The Appeal 

Handsome, lithe and elegant, the C126 is a very Mercedes-Benz sort of coupe, one that is as much luxury four seater as executive express. The firm’s engineering-led philosophy meant it was built to be the best big GT in the world, a feat it arguably achieved with its impeccable quality and legendary reliability.
This Series 1 C126 380SEC is a great reminder of all those qualities. With just 66,000 miles from new and only three keepers in its 42 years - the current one for 18 of those - it is both well preserved and highly usable. There are some minor cosmetic points to note, but none detract from the overall solidity. Regular, ongoing routine and preventative maintenance means it runs well and reportedly fault free. Inside there is a retrimmed interior with high end fittings including burr walnut veneers.
It recently achieved Historic Vehicle status so is usefully MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt. With few miles covered since the last advisory-free test, this much-loved car is in good health and ready to enjoy. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Factory built according to records on 27th May 1982
  • Originally destined for Pakistan 
  • Imported to UK and first registered here on 18th January 1984
  • Only three registered keepers since arriving in the UK 
  • Current keeper since November 2006
  • Always garaged by current keeper 
  • Regularly serviced and maintained by the same local independent garage since 2006
  • Current keeper is only selling due to lack of recent use 
  • Registered as a Historic Vehicle in 2023 so MOt, tax and ULEZ exempt 
  • Last MOT expired on 4th June 2023 with 61,130 miles showing on test and no advisories
  • Now showing 61,130 miles 
  • Vendor advises that the odometer failed around 4 years ago and the true mileage is nearer 66,000 miles
  • Badged as a 500SEC but VIN records and vendor confirm this is a 380SEC
  • Fitted with a Sterling Touch immobiliser with PIN code 
  • 2 keys required to operate car due to recent replacement of ignition barrel 
  • Recent work summarised below 
  • Used regularly and without fault for trips across UK, Ireland and Europe 
  • MOTs dating back to 2006 in history file 
Recent work notified by seller: 
  • Replacement exhaust
  • Rear discs and pads 
  • New rear calipers 
  • More powerful battery fitted
  • New fuel relays
  • Regular servicing maintenance by local independent mechanic
  • New heater relay unit fitted

The Condition

  • Finished in original factory red with generally well kept and original paintwork 
  • Some marks and scratches typical of age and originality to be expected
  • Bodywork is solid and generally well kept with some localised deterioration note in photographs 
  • This includes light bubbling to arches 
  • Chromework in good condition and lights and glasswork similarly original and well kept 
  • The underside and structure appear to be in good order with no advisories on last MOT 
  • Factory ‘Mexican Hat’ alloy wheels in fair condition with older Michelin tyres fitted
  • Matching spare wheel and spare tyre with tool kit and jack 
  • Well kept cream leather interior with seats showing little wear
  • The seats were retrimmed in 2006 in good quality materials 
  • Well appointed interior with matching cream headlining and smart burr walnut veneers
  • Some aging and patina to interior as shown in photographs but not unsightly 
  • Retains its factory correct Becker Mexico radio cassette system which works
  • We are informed that other than minor exceptions all the cabin equipment and electrics work correctly
  • Vendor advises that the speedometer works but the odometer does not as outlined above
  • Specification includes a tilt and slide sunroof which are informed does not leak
  • Car also has electric front seats 
  • Some water ingress to boot and front rear footwells due to poor sealing
  • The buyer may wish to address this by replacing the relevant seals 
  • The carpets appear original and generally well preserved but with light staining to boot area and rear driver side footwell

The Mechanics 

  • 3.8litre 200bhp M116 V8 engine with fuel injection 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox 
  • Engine reported to run well and smoothly with no faults
  • Gearbox operates similarly, offering smooth changes and quick kick down 
  • Regularly serviced and maintained by the same local independent garage since 2006
  • Low mileage car which is supported by MOT history but with odo advisory as above
  • Last MOT showed no advisories for mechanicals or running gear 
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We request that a non-refundable fee  be paid if you are the lucky winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted Please refer to our helpful FAQs and T&Cs for specific rates. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Auction Details
  • Year 1982
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SEC Series
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 66,000 Miles
  • Engine size 3800
  • Seller Type Private
  • County London
  • Country United Kingdom
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