The Mercedes-Benz W126 class was the predecessor to the S-Class and lasted for a remarkable 12 year production run (1979-1991), a record since Mercedes started building their flagship mega-sedans in the early 1960s. The best one to get was always the flagship long wheel base huge-engine variant and the later models will be better equipped. If you were a one-percenter looking for that Bonfire of the Vanities experience (minus the whole racial tension, jail, poverty, reflection elements) you could do worse than pickup a new W126 S-class in 1991. Find this 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL W126 for sale in Atherton, CA for $15,995 asking price via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
Luckily today you don’t need to be a self styled Master of the Universe bond trader to afford this museum quality 560SEL – in fact you could probably be someone who cuts the lawn of a bond trader and afford this car. Thank you depreciation!
The big W126 is powered by a 5.6 liter M117 V8 that puts out 275 horsepower and 317 ft-lbs of torque. The 4000 lb Merc won’t be confused with any modern sports car but with the stock 4-speed automatic it should get going decently well.
The inside of this W126 is seriously fresh – the seller describes it as Museum quality – and while it would be sanitary to eat off the inside of this thing, it would also be a sacrilege. No eating in the minty clean Merc please!!
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