1989 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL (W126 Series 2)


  • Family owned since 1999
  • Just 97,798 miles
  • Highly original and unmodified
  • MOT to July 2023

The Appeal

When it comes to elegant luxury, nothing quite compares to a big Mercedes-Benz saloon. And when considering modern classics, the best of these has to be the W126. Seriously over-engineered, with the kind of quality usually reserved for the Orient Express, these 80s limousines are still a highly prized and truly wonderful way to waft around in style.  Only 33,000 of the long wheel base series 2 (1989-1991) were made.

This example is replete in a great colour scheme – silver over dark blue. With careful single family ownership, well below average miles and that excellent 5-litre V8, this suave old saloon simply has to be considered. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in March 1989 and used as a chauffeur-driven car
  • Four owners from new, with the last three being from the same family
  • Purchased by the vendor’s father in 1999
  • Purchased in June 2022 by the vendor as their father was no longer able to drive it
  • Only being sold as they are moving overseas
  • Used rarely and almost always garaged since 1999
  • Presented in unrestored, original condition
  • Excellent MOT history
  • Current MOT to 14th July 2023
  • Complete with a number of old MOTs and some invoices back to 1999
  • Less than 7,000 miles covered since June 2013
  • Current mileage 97,798, verified by MOT history
  • Original handbooks present and correct

The Interior

  • Deep blue leather upholstery, with matched vinyl to the dash and door cards
  • The upholstery appears to be in excellent condition for the age, with some wear to the driver’s seat, commensurate with age and use
  • Wood veneers on the doors and dashboard – all look to be in good order, with no cracking or delamination we could see
  • Blue carpets and matching overmats present in reasonably good condition, with no significant damage to note
  • Heated seats front and rear
  • Electric front seats, 2-memory functions on the driver’s side
  • Electric headrests
  • Fully working panoramic electric sunroof 
  • Electric windows and door mirrors
  • Modern Pioneer CD/Radio unit with USB port
  • Passenger seat reading lights
  • Cruise control
  • Switchgear and gauges present well, with legible dials and light signs of use
  • Boot is in fine condition, with a clean, solid floor, spare wheel and toolkit
  • The vendor reports that, apart from the air-conditioning, everything is functioning as it should

The Exterior

  • Silver metallic paintwork looks to be in good order, with a few minor blemishes and scratches, as would be expected
  • The bodywork and trim all appears to be neatly fitted and well preserved, with neat panel gaps and no evidence of notable corrosion or damage
  • There are some minor scuffs to the bumper corners and off-side mirror, a small amount of bubbling around the off-side wing repeater and some minor signs of corrosion to the inner off-side door and the near-side rear around the lamp unit
  • All of the glass elements and the light lenses are clean, clear and undamaged
  • Headlamp wipers
  • Underneath looks straight and undamaged, with some surface corrosion to drivetrain elements
  • The wheels were refurbished and powder-coated in June 2022, so present in excellent condition, with tyres that look to have good tread

The Mechanics

  • 4,973cc naturally aspirated V8
  • The engine bay appears tidy
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Power steering
  • In June 2022, the vendor tells us they had the car serviced and had new front lower ball joint covers fitted, as well as a new water pump
  • Apparently there is a little smoke on turnover, but it soon dissipates and the car idles very smoothly
  • We’re informed by the vendor that the car drives very well, braking straight and with amazing cruising ability


If you want a modern classic luxury saloon, look no further. The W126 is one of the finest cars Mercedes-Benz has ever made, which makes it one of the finest cars ever made, period.

Refined, powerful, elegant and very well specified, we think this is a real gem of a machine.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 500 SEL (W126)
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 97,798 Miles
  • Engine size 4973
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bury
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
33 bids
  • go•••• £8,400 27/11/22
  • Ma•••• £8,300 27/11/22
  • go•••• £8,200 27/11/22
  • Ma•••• £8,100 27/11/22
  • Ma•••• £8,000 28/11/22
  • go•••• £8,000 27/11/22
  • Ma•••• £7,900 27/11/22
  • go•••• £7,800 27/11/22
  • Ma•••• £7,700 27/11/22
  • go•••• £7,600 27/11/22

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