Father’s Day Special: What Car Would You Pick For Your Dad?

 Happy Father’s day to all you with kids, or pets that look like you, or both!  We thought it would be interesting to ask our readers what they would get their Dad from the automotive world.  Before having kids, my father used to drive such classics as an MG TF, 49 Ford, Chevy Vega, but once kids started popping out he changed to things like a sky blue Ford LTD sedan, a Dodge Van and later he discovered the wonderful world of Mercedes diesel sedans.  W123s littered my parents driveway many years ago, but his current ride is a W210 E300D that has something nearing 400k miles on the clock.  For a replacement, I can’t think of anything better than this 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL currently bidding for $11,210 reserve-not-met with $22,500 buy-it-now on ebay, located in Santa Monica, CA.

The W126 generation S-class is truly a special vehicle.   The Mercedes-Benz W126 class lasted for a remarkable 12 year production run (1979-1991), a record since Mercedes started building their flagship mega-boats in the early 1960s. The best S-Class to get is always the flagship long wheel base gigantic-engine variant with all the options. This is the kind of car that my old man should have picked up instead of some clackity-rackity diesel, but he loves those mpgs.

This 560SEL is equipped with Stuttgart’s finest M117 5.5 liter V8 engine, pushing 322 horsepower through a flagpole length driveshaft and into a self leveling rear end.  Hope those parts don’t fail because repairs will cost about as much as the average Saab.  But, with only 30k miles on the odometer, this one should last for years without problems…right? In truth, this W123 generation 300D is more my dad’s style and it is also a low mile classic.

What would you suggest for your dad?  Comments below.