1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Collector-grade original 500SEC coupe, AMG-prepared from new with blue Recaro interior

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 exuberant 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.


Engines initially consisted of mostly inline-sixes, with a few V8s, matched to a four-speed automatic.

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 Australian-delivered 1984 example is a fantastic example of the breed, presenting in top-spec 500SEC specification. That means it has the bigger of the two available V8s at the time, in this case a fuel-injected 5.0lt.

The sellers describe 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.


The car is deemed 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 sound with a large cache of original books and documents, plus extensive history and invoices.

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

The sellers assert that the car is being sold as it is surplus to their collection. The 500SEC is based in Western Australia, and listed for $42,000.

Check out the full listing here!


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