1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC - Toybox

By: Alex Affat

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A top-flight example of a desirable modern classic coupe

If you’re after a classic vehicle that combines pedigree, build quality and style, it’s hard to go past the W126-generation of Mercedes-Benz S Class.

The ‘Sonderklasse’, or ‘Special Class’ badge was bestowed upon the brand’s flagship models which promised buyers exquisite levels of luxury, technical innovation and build quality.

The W126 was the second-generation of the nameplate and was produced from 1979 to 1991 in both short and long-wheelbase sedan bodies, as well as this handsome pillarless coupe.


Cost the price of a house when new

Engines initially consisted of mostly inline-sixes, ranging from 2.6lt up to 3.0lt for petrol or 3.5lt for diesel propulsion. There was also a five-cylinder diesel and a handful of V8s from 3.8lt to the big 5.6lt. Most cars were fitted with a four-speed automatic, although lower models could be optioned with a four-speed manual and rare five-speed examples do exist.

We’ve long been of the belief that the W126 in particular makes for one of the best-value buys in the European sector with sedans in particular offering tremendous value for the dollar. Coupes have always remained slightly dearer, although until recently were still affordable. Things are beginning to change however, with top-flight examples already becoming highly-desirable modern classics.


This 1984 specimen is a fantastic example of the breed, presenting in high-spec 500SEC configuration- which denotes the presence of a fuel-injected 5.0lt V8 under the bonnet.

One can only imagine the lifestyle this vehicle’s original owners led, as they took delivery of the vehicle in Germany as part of Mercedes-Benz’s Sindelfingen tourist delivery program before it was brought home to Australia and delivered through Sandersons in Sydney in early 1984.

The seller describes the car as a ‘collector quality’ vehicle, prepared from new with a highly desirable (and rare) AMG bodykit, AMG Recaro interior and very 1980s Ronal Penta wheels.


Blue Recaro interior still holds up well

The car is claimed to be in excellent condition both inside and out, having received a bare-metal respray back in 2011 in the original Dark Blue (code 904). Mechanically, the vehicle is said to be sound and is accompanied by a large cache of documentation including all original service books, owner’s manuals and Data Card.

All controls and instruments are said to be fully functional, with the new owner seemingly needing nothing to do but drive and enjoy.

It’s certainly worth preserving as these modern classic coupes continue to gain interest. Find this one in Western Australia, and listed for $42,000.

See the 500SEC for sale here.


From Unique Cars #446, November 2020

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