Affordable mafia-spec Mercedes 500SEC up for auction
It's not everyday that a vintage Mercedes-Benz in a brilliant specification is up for auction at a price within your reach. Of course, maintenance and running costs are a separate concern and something you should keep in mind before rushing for your wallet. The W126 Series was the S-Class of the '80s and '90s and it came in a few different body styles, including a long-wheelbase and this coupé. This particular 1985 500SEC listed on Bring a Trailer is in a stunning blacked-out specification, featuring tinted lights, darkened interior trim pieces and a set of black 18-inch AMG Monoblock wheels.
What is under the bonnet?
This vehicle is fitted with a 5.0L M117 V8 that produced 228hp and 299lb-ft (405Nm) of torque back when it was new, which when combined with a 4-speed automatic transmission allowed for 0-62mph in what used to be a swift 8.0 seconds. Sure it's no manual Mazda MX-5 when it comes to fun factor or a Ferrari F40 when discussing sheer excitement but that was not the point. Instead this was a comfortable cruiser you could drive to executive office in the morning and take your partner out to a fine seafood restaurant at the pier near your waterfront home.
What is the interior like?
The cabin was considered luxurious for its time and the materials are still really nice by today's standards. The leather appears to be in pristine condition and the seats are fitted with Alcantara inserts, ever so slightly modernising the interior. Equipment you will appreciate include the automatic climate control, heated seats, locking glovebox, alarm system, remote start and a backup camera. It even has a decent aftermarket JVC sound system with MB Quart speakers. The carpeted trunk meanwhile houses a JL Audio subwoofer and two Arc Audio amplifiers.
What are the listing details?
This particular vehicle was sold brand new in Europe and then imported into California, all before ending up in the hands of the current owner sometime during 2009. It's got 95,000 miles on the clock and comes with all its service records and a clean CARFAX report. Note that there are a few paint imperfections as shown in some zoomed-in photographs should you be concerned. 500SECs of similar mileage on AutoTrader are priced anywhere from $8,000 to $16,000 USD. You can view said listings by clicking here to ensure you are bidding a fair price. One should expect this modified and pristine example in a more attractive specification to be sold for closer towards $25,000.
How would you have specced your 500SEC?
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You can access the listing using the link below and keep in mind that the auction ends in 6 days.