Lot details Registration No: G202SPN Chassis No: WDB1260342A517394 Mot Expiry: April 2020
- 1 of just 13,996 produced (making it the second rarest W126 standard wheelbase saloon variant after the 560 SE)
- Sports 'Caffyns Mercedes-Benz Salisbury' number plates front and rear, 125,000 recorded miles
- Blue cloth upholstery, sunroof, 4196cc V8 engine, automatic transmission
- Supplied with MOT until April 2020
- Complete with book pack
Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1979, the new W126 S-class was a quantifiable improvement over its W116 predecessor. Lauded by the contemporary motoring press as the 'best car in the world', it was not only lighter than its forebear but also offered an improved ride and sharper handling. Styled by Bruno Sacco, its sleek silhouette hid all round independent suspension, disc brakes, power assisted steering and a range of powerful all alloy V8 engines (later supplemented by more fuel efficient straight sixes). A staple part of numerous diplomatic fleets in period, the W126 remains sought after to this day thanks to its impeccable build quality and timeless lines. One of the more prestigious variants, the 420 SE Saloon was fitted with a fuel-injected 4196cc SOHC V8 engine that developed some 231bhp and 240lbft of torque. Admirably refined, the model was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds and over 135mph.