Concours Quality Luxury Model 1988 Mercedes Benz 560SEL

For sale: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 500-Series 560SEL, S-Class, W126

Technical specifications

Item location:
Ladera Ranch, California, United States
560SEL, S-Class, W126
Base Sedan 4-Door
Impala Metallic
Engine size:
5.6 Litre V8
Number of cylinders:
Power options:
Power Steering, Telescoping Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Drive type:
Interior color:
Light Brown
Safety options:
Supplemental Restraint System, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag
Heated Front Seats, Heated Rear Seat, Reclining Rear Seat, Footrests, Climate Control, Anti-Theft, Coco Mats, Sunroof, Cassette Player, Leather Seats
Vehicle Title:
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A Concours Classic -Vintage1988 Mercedes Benz 560SEL
“S-class. For people who have learned from experience to buy all the integrity they can get.”


Originally designed by Bruno Sacco, heMercedes-Benz W126is a series of flagship vehiclesmanufactured by the German automotive brand Mercedes Benz. Premiering in September 1979 as the successor to the earlier W116line, he W126 was the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz flagship to officially bear the S-Classname referring toSonderklasseor "special class." The W126 was initially offered in straight-6, 8, nd turbo dieselsedan models. In September 1981, -door coupeversions (C126) of the W126 were introduced. The W126 S-Class debuted a new Mercedes-Benz design style which was subsequently used on other vehicles in the company's lineup. The W126 line also introduced many Mercedes-Benz safety innovations, ncluding the first seatbelt pretensioners.

By 1986-87, he United States economy was doing extremely well, nd consumers were spending money freely on luxury items. 1986 was a record sales year for virtually all luxury carmakers foreign and domestic, ncluding Mercedes. Honda’s Acura division was started up with great success, nd Lincoln and Cadillac found the most new buyers. Since economy themes in advertising had become passé and power and modern looks had been established, t was time to focus on competitors. But very discreetly. It’s interesting to note how advertisements in the late 1980s took on a more genteel upscale feel to match the good times. Luxury cars were a much easier sell now, o far less data and text was deemed necessary.

Traditional large American luxury cars were targeted. The subtle advertising theme was to establish an S-class as a better choice than “overbearing” luxury cars saddled with “bulk and ostentation”. Copywriters may have had Honda’s upstart Acura luxury division in mind when creating the advertising text for 1987. Although Acuras had only been on the market for one year, heir success could not be ignored. Readers were reminded of Mercedes-Benz’s 100-year heritage, radition and pedigree which Acura (or any other Japanese manufacturer) could not possibly match. Tiny 1-liter-engine cars and motorcycles were Honda’s heritage – not very fitting for a luxury brand to tout. Mercedes ads began to feature more close-up pictures of their classic hood ornaments and grilles than ever.

“You drive the automobile that pioneered ABS and SRS. But never has pioneered an onboard electronic gizmo”, roclaims a 1988 advertisement. Buyers were still reassured, n classic tradition, hat they were buying a car of the highest engineering values.

History was also touched on by, S-class. For people who have learned from experience to buy all the integrity they can get.” And, …but the greatest comfort of the S-class may ultimately be a purely emotional one; the absolute reassurance of absolute integrity.” Cleverly written, hese may have been effective in swaying buyers away from Japanese and other luxury brands. Because when push comes to shove in making a large purchase such as a luxury car, he desire to follow the path of lesser doubt can be a strong one.

The lucky new owner of this spectacular vehicle is sure to draw loads of attention and experience the same exclusivity that followed this amazing Mercedes Benz in the 1980's. Sure to be a conversation piece at the next cars & coffee, inner party or office boardroom meeting!! Perhaps evencommission as a vintage luxury taxi for your resort, otel or ranch? Sure you could buy that new high end Luxury Sedan for $100K+ but why not drive a truly EXCLUSIVE and RARE piece of appreciating automotive history as this 560SEL, t’s just more fun!

Condition of vehicle is as follows:

This amazingly clean, omplete, orrect and very original Mercedes Benz 560SEL was recently purchased from a member of the family that has owned the vehicle since new. Having covered just 66K original miles, his handsome 560 SEL was originally purchased in Bloomington Il, y a Pediatrician in service at University of Chicago Medical School. It has been lovingly maintained, ampered and garaged during it's service. This gorgeous Benz was used mainly as a summer only car during it's short stint in the 'windy city.' The car and family eventuallymade their way to the more favorable climate and conditions of So. California in 1992, here the car has resided ever since. Mechanically and cosmetically this car is truly superior to many W126's currently listed for sale on the market. Great effort has been taken since my ownership to preserve, rotect, nsure the originality and integrity ofthisamazing vehicle. As you would expect with such a vehicle, t retains a complete set of documentation, ooks and paperwork. All proper factory identification, tickers, tampings, ody markers, tc., rebeautifully preserved throughout the vehicle. While you might find a 'cheaper' 560SEL, ou surely will NOT find onethat is 'white glove' concours ready and has been as properly preserved as this amazing car. As for the rest, 'll let the photos speak forthemselves!

Original Options Include: Verified by Mercedes Benz Classic Center of Irvine, a.

Shipped 4-26-1988

441 U Impala Metallic Paint

274 A Leather Light Brown Interior

442 Driver Airbag

274 A Perforated Leather

226 Rear Footrest

519 Becker Casette Radio

551 Anti Theft

581 Climate Control

597 Insulating Glass

872 Rear Seat Heating

873 Seat Heating

Recent Service Completed by Mercedes Benz

60K Service & Inspection

Oil Change


New Engine Drive Belts

Complete SLS Suspension Service

New Accumulators

Automatic Transmission Service

Automatic Transmission Mount

Motor Mounts

Differential Service & Reseal


Steering Damper

Wheels Balanced & Rotated

Complete 'White Glove' Concours Reconditioning & Detail Inc. Undercarriage

New Grill Insert

New Fog Lenses

Becker Radio Service

Pinstripes restored by DonQ (Original artist of many So. Cal 1980's Mercedes Benz Dealers)

Our auction policy is as follows:

*As I am a private seller and this vehicle is for sale locally, reserve the right to end this listing early.

*Please be advised that all out of state buyers will need to arrange their own transportation and pick up of the vehicle at a time and place convenient for both parties. I will be happy to try toaccommodate any reasonable request to help facilitate.

*A non-refundable $500 deposit will be required through PayPal upon agreement of purchase with the balance to paid in form of Cash, ashiers Check or Wire Transfer within 7 days of auction ending.

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*We need a response and deposit from the winning bidder within two (2) days after the auction.

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