The 80s and 90s distinctly represent an era of German automotive prowess. An era where Mercedes defined the luxury segment. The W126 S-Class was the flagship sedan with class-leading comfort, safety and technology. The SEC featured all that but in a sleek and stylish pillarless coupe form. Later models like this ’91 560 also came with revised (bumpers, sides, wheels), suspension upgrades, several new features and the most desirable range-topping 5.5L V8.
This 1991 560 SEC is in stock condition with just over 100k KM and comes with maintenance records dating back to 2017. The owner reports it was stored for a number of years before being recommissioned. The vehicle is a Japanese spec example and has remained with its owner for several years.
These kinds of classic luxury coupes are becoming more and more sought after. After all, the 560SEC was famously engineered with no compromises. That’s why it retailed at $82,900 back in 1991, nearly $181,000 in today’s dollars. Making these modern classics an absolute bargain.
As described by Top Gear in a recent take:
“Yep, the 560 SEC is the Eighties’ S-Class Coupe – a big, boaty two-door GT car for cannoning down Autobahns at an entirely legal and completely possible 155mph. One of our favourite old barges from that blocky Eighties/Nineties period when Mercs weren’t built, they were hewn.” – Tom Harisson, Top Gear
- The rear self-levelling suspension (hydropneumatic)
- Limited-slip differential
- Traction control
- Power adjustable and heated front seats
- Cruise control
- Leather upholstery trim
- Automatic climate control
- Safety: Front driver and passenger airbags
GOOD TO KNOW
As detailed in the Inspection Report, no major points were found.
Since then, the owner has undertaken a major engine overhaul service for this 560SEC. This included engine head machining, replacing gaskets (head, valve, rear crank etc.) and numerous other wear and tear items. In addition, the fuel distributor pump was replaced with a used (refurbished) unit, and the fuel injectors were cleaned. The A/C compressor and various hoses were also replaced.
Full details of this major service and past maintenance can be found in the invoices provided in the History Report.
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