1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC
Following the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Europe’s car industry was decimated. In Germany both Daimler and Benz went back to producing cars post-war, however, times were tough. A merger between Daimler and Benz would ensure that both companies survived and following a technical co-operation agreement in 1924, the companies formally merged on the 1st July 1926. Mercedes-Benz was born!
Subsequently, Mercedes-Benz went on to build some of the greatest cars of all time. The cars from Stuttgart bearing the three-pointed star all had one thing in common . . . they were renowned for their technical innovation, build quality, luxury and performance.
In 1951 Mercedes-Benz introduced the Type W187 220 Series cars, which was the first model to be powered by a six cylinder engine post World War II. This model was a great success and built in relatively big numbers. In the 1950’s Mercedes-Benz produced one of the greatest cars of all time – the iconic 300SL Gullwing and 300SL Roadster. Whilst fabulous sporting cars, they were very expensive and generally sold to the rich and famous. The Type W186 and Type W189 300 series four door luxury tourers were built alongside the Type W198 300SL Gullwing and Roadster and they were indeed fabulous cars in their own right, though still very expensive. Mercedes-Benz wanted to build full sized luxury cars that were ‘more affordable’ than the Type W186 and Type W189 300 series cars, so the Ponton range of cars (Type W120/W121/W105/W180/W128) filled that void nicely.
In 1959 Mercedes-Benz introduced the Type W111 as a successor to the very successful Ponton. The Type W111 was built as a sedan, coupe and convertible with many different engine configurations. The sedans were sold in big numbers all over the world, however, as has been the tradition with Mercedes-Benz the two door and convertible cars were built in far smaller numbers and carried a significant price premium. The majority of the Type W111 models were powered by a 6 cylinder engine of varying capacity, ranging from 2195cc (220 series) through to 2778cc (280 series). In 1969 Mercedes-Benz introduced a new 3499cc V8 engine which they fitted to the Type W111 coupes and cabriolets.
The Type W111 was succeeded by the Type W116, built from 1972 through until 1980, which was formally recognised as the first series of ‘S’ Class cars built. The Type W126 followed, which was the second series of ‘S’ Class cars. The sedan was first introduced in 1979, followed by the coupe in 1981. As with past models, the Type W126 was offered with many different engine sizes and options.
The top of the range flagship model was the 560 SEC, Type W126.045, which was built from 1985 through until 1991. Powered by 5.5 litre V8 that puts out 221kw/300hp the car can reach 250km/h while acceleration from 0 -100 km/hr takes less than 7 seconds. It is probably the most comfortable way to travel across country. In press material, Mercedes-Benz claimed that “ . . . even at 200km/h, you can talk in normal voice or listen to music without being disturbed by wind or road noise”. The high-speed refinement and stability were hardly matched by other cars at the time, let alone one that offered space for four people.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale an Australian delivered, factory right hand drive 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC.
When new, this car cost almost $250,000 including ‘on road’ costs, making it one of the most expensive cars you could purchase back in 1988.
This car has its original book set with a data card, the original delivery invoice and a substantial history file. All of the documentation on file confirms that this highly optioned car was sold new by Mercedes-Benz of Sydney on the 7th November 1989 to its first owner, a Mr Sutton from Berry in NSW and it was first registered as ABP17P. The car was finished in almondine red (colour code 512) with a mushroom leather interior (trim code 265), which is an absolutely spectacular colour combination.
The car presents and drives spectacularly well.
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- Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC
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