1984 Mercedes-Benz W126 500SEC

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  • Well kept with lots of recent cosmetic investment
  • Rebuilt steering and suspension systems
  • Original Thistle Green with rare Carat by Duchatelet body kit 
  • Retrimmed seats in attractive Saddle Brown leather 
  • High specification 240bhp 5litre V8 model 
  • Thick maintenance history with regular servicing 

The Appeal 

In the realm of 1980s luxury coupes, nothing came close to the W126. Regarded as a high water mark in the firm’s ‘engineering led’ philosophy, these crisply designed and carefully built cars make very rewarding modern classics.
They also work as daily drivers, as this stylish 500SEC proves. The regular use by the current keeper over six years has enabled considerable investment across the running gear, mechanicals and cosmetics. Notable work includes rebuilt suspension and steering, new belts and fully retrimmed interior. 
Finished in original Thistle Green metallic, this is a very well presented car. The impression is enhanced by a rare Carat by Duchatelet body kit and a set of desirable Lorinser alloy wheels. 
The car is reported by the seller to drives great and has proved very reliable during his ownership. For enthusiasts of these smart, distinctive coupes, this one looks very compelling. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st August 1984 in the UK
  • Six registered keepers
  • Current keeper acquired the car in 2018 from the UK 
  • MOT history shows sparing use to 2017 
  • Last UK MOT expired 7th April 2017 with 109,822 miles showing and two minor advisories
  • Now reported to show 124,000 miles 
  • Used by seller as a daily driver since purchase
  • Full set of factory handbooks in good condition 
  • Stamped service book to 2018 with regular maintenance during life 
  • History file includes old MOTs to verify mileage 
  • Extensive recent work since 2018 summarised below 
Recent work since 2018: 
  • New water pump
  • Replacement belts
  • Brakes overhauled 
  • Steering and suspension rebuilt
  • Retrimmed interior in modern Mercedes-Benz Saddle Brown 
  • New glass seals
  • Central locking installed with alarm and immobiliser
  • New head unit with phone connectivity 
  • Original Lorinser wheels refurbished with new tyres fitted less than 1000 miles ago
  • Headlining repaired
  • New rear parcel shelf 

The Condition

  • Finished in factory correct Thistle Green metallic (881U)
  • Paintwork very well kept with only very light signs of wear
  • Vendor advises that any rust issues have been resolved and repaired
  • Fitted with rare and distinctive Carat by Duchatelet body kit in good order
  • Lorinser alloy wheels which have been recently refurbished
  • Recently fitted Avon tyres with only 1,000 miles covered since 
  • Originally factory fitted with Palomino leather, now retrimmed 
  • Retrimmed in Mercedes-Benz Saddle Brown leather and in very good condition 
  • Headlining recently repaired and parcel shelf replaced
  • Upgraded sound system with boot-mounted sub woofer fitted
  • Well kept interior with only light wear visible to veneers and switchgear 
  • These areas can be checked and reviewed in the photographs 
  • Bodywork in very good order including door bottoms, sills and arches
  • High specification car with electric windows, seats and sunroof 

The Mechanics 

  • M117 240bhp 5litre V8 engine 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox 
  • Well maintained car with extensively stamped service book 
  • Significant maintenance since 2018 documented above
  • Including rebuilt steering, suspension and brakes 
  • No reported running or driving issues and said to drives great by vendor
  • Used by the current keeper as a daily driver with very good reliability 

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Auction Details
  • Year 1984
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SEC Series
  • Colour Gold
  • Mileage 124,000 Miles
  • Engine size 4999
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Dublin
  • Country Ireland
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
14 Bids from 5 bidders
  • benz-bu•••• €11,750 14/07/24
  • Pdoyle €9,000 14/07/24
  • benz-bu•••• €8,510 12/07/24
  • barryos•••• €7,101 12/07/24
  • benz-bu•••• €7,001 12/07/24
  • barryos•••• €5,900 11/07/24
  • Pdoyle €5,800 11/07/24
  • barryos•••• €5,600 10/07/24
  • Pdoyle €5,500 10/07/24
  • barryos•••• €5,000 10/07/24

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