The W126 generation Mercedes-Benz was the successor to the W116 S-Class platform. It was released in 1979 with a sleek and aerodynamic body design, and a cornucopia of big inline-6 and V8 engines. It is the last car you’d ever expect to be fun in an autocross…but this video and also this one on youtube make it look awesome. If you are going to buy one, it would be good to find a low mile, original owner example offered in great condition…like this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL offered for $3,900 in Solana Beach, CA via craigslist.
The W126 chassis survived a remarkable 12 years before being replaced by the W140 in 1991. Oddly enough the W126 chassis has aged well and doesn’t look bad today. Even stranger is that if you see one on the street, it could have been built in the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s. How many executive sedans can claim the same? This one is in really nice shape — together with a Crockett-style white sport coat you will have the complete 1987 package here.
Under the immaculately clean hood of this 420 SEL is a 4.2 liter SOHC V8 engine that puts out 201 horsepower and 228 ft-lbs of torque. It doesn’t sound impressive on paper, but it will move the 3900 lb long wheelbase sedan around with decent vigor.
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