5k: Sacco The Magnificent: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL W126

 The Mercedes-Benz W126 class was the S-Class sized battleship from Stuttgart 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 W126 was designed by Bruno Sacco who also penned the W126/W140/W220 S-Classes…as well as the R129 SL convertible, W202/W203 C-Class, W124/W210 E-Class, CLK & SLK sports cars, M-Class SUV, and was a part of the design of the W123.  His reign as Mercedes-Benz design director lasted from 1975 to 1999, and his absence is clearly seen in the aimless design years of the 2000s.  It didn’t help that the W211 looked like a Camry, but had the reliability of a Yugo.  Its okay, you don’t need to buy a wreck from the Daimler-Chrysler era , stick to the W126 and you’ll be fine.  Find this 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL offered for $3,500 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

If you are going to buy a W126, you may as well get the flagship long wheel base
huge-engine variant. This is also a later model in the production life, so teething problems will have been addressed and it should be better equipped.  The top of the paint looks iffy in the photo, but it could be morning dew or a strange reflection, because the seller only mentions the scratch on the rear 1/4 panel and a missing drivers side window — but otherwise calls it a gem of a car.  72k miles on the odometer lends credence to this opinion.

This 420 SEL is powered the M116 4.2 liter V8 putting out 221 horsepower
and 240 ft-lbs of torque, all mated to a 4 speed automatic
transmission.  The big Benz doesn’t drive like a Miata – but it’s not
slow like a Panzer tank…think more like an M2 Bradley or HMMWV.  It
has got enough torque to get to 60 mph in 8 seconds; not fast by modern
standards, but it’ll let you merge safely on the freeway if you can
afford the 1/2 gallon of gas, and these things are thirsty for dino
juice.

The seller didn’t include many exterior shots, so I grabbed this screen from Lethal Weapon 4 — that is Mel Gibson’s stunt double on an upside down table being dragged behind a pre-fab home…you’ll need to see the movie to understand, but one look at that W126 and you know you want it.

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