1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL W126

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  • MOT valid until 10th April 2025
  • Just two registered keepers
  • Large and well-organised history file dating back to when the car was new
  • Original book pack, service pamphlet and a selection of other period paperwork
  • Desirable top specification 560 SEL

The Appeal

Picture the scene. It’s 1986, you’re rolling in cash and you’re off to buy yourself the ultimate executive saloon. Naturally, you’d stroll into a big Mercedes dealer like Hughes of Beaconsfield and you’d buy yourself a top-of-the-range S Class. 
Here it is. A 1986 560 SEL - the most technologically advanced saloon Mercedes-Benz had to offer - a car that was leagues ahead of the competition at the time. We’re delighted to offer this cherished and storied example. With just two registered keepers and a vast collection of paperwork dating back to its first services, this W126 S Class boasts an unrivalled history. 
It looks highly original throughout and in very good overall condition for its age. Classically finished in the iconic Mercedes-Benz ‘Blue-Black’ metallic (199U) over an ‘Anthracite’ (791) velour interior, this car would be a worthy addition to any collection.

The History and Paperwork

  • Just two registered keepers
  • The history file has been carefully organised into separate folders for registration, maintenance and MOT certificates
  • Original book pack present
  • Original service pamphlet with numerous stamps from main dealer Hughes of Beaconsfield, Lancaster Garages Ipswich and a German specialist, Riegel Autoreparaturen
  • Sizeable collection of invoices present
  • MOT until 10th April 2025
  • 131,672 miles indicated and supported by the service records and MOT history

The Condition

  • A straight and solid-looking example
  • The ‘Blue-Black’ metallic paintwork presents very well for its age
  • The vendor points out some slight lacquer peel and the odd superficial blemish
  • The doors appear to fit very well and the panels align nicely
  • The exterior chrome and plastic trims all appear in fine order overall
  • Slight scuffs to the wing mirrors
  • The OEM alloy wheels present exceedingly well
  • Period dealer plates still fitted
  • Very smart original ‘Anthracite’ velour upholstery
  • No cracks to the dashboard or other plastics apparent
  • No notable wear apparent to the seats and controls
  • Well-presented luggage compartment
  • Smart original woodwork presents well for its age
  • The carpets and headlining appear in good order throughout
  • Equipped with the optional front folding armrest
  • Retro-style Blaupunkt modern stereo fitted
  • The vendor has noted that the sunroof does not work and that the air-con is intermittent
  • We’re not informed of any apparent faults with the cabin electrics

The Mechanics 

  • 5,547 cc M117 V8 petrol engine with Bosch fuel injection
  • Four-speed automatic gearbox
  • Cruise control
  • Superbly presented engine compartment
  • No mechanical advisories accrued during the last MOT test
  • We’re informed that the Mercedes drives well with no apparent issues to report

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Auction Details
  • Year 1986
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 560SEL (W126)
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 131,672 Miles
  • Engine size 5547
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Tregony
  • County Cornwall
  • Country United Kingdom
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