One of the fastest rising stars of the classic Mercedes stable. The C126 was blessed with one of the most elegant, handsome designs that Bruno Sacco penned. It continued the tradition of the 60s/70s W111 coupés into the 80s with aplomb. Of the SEC coupés, the 560 is the one to have – substantially more expensive even than the 500SEC, and commensurately less common, it was the SEC at its most powerful and expensive.
This Diamond Blue 560SEC was supplied new on the 7th August 1990 by Normand (Mayfair) Ltd. Park Lane to Lady Bernstein of St. James Place, SW1.
Already boasting a comprehensive specification as standard, including electric/memory seats, cruise control, air conditioning etc, this 560 was additionally specified with orthopaedic seats, driver’s airbag, ASR and so on – full list below. In addition a telephone was fitted when new in the centre console, de rigueur for this type of car in 1990 and it still works.
With the car are all its original books/manuals, datacard, Becker stereo manuals and the telephone documentation and manuals.
This car has a Full Service History. The service book contains 28 stamps, excluding the PDI, comprising of main dealer and specialist. There is also a file of bills and receipts detailing the work carried out to the car over the years. There are lots of old MoTs and a clear HPI certificate.
The car was featured in a six-page article in Classic & Sports Car in 2006, a copy of this issue comes with the car.
The mileage now stands at 98,754 miles – low for its year and type. We have just carried out a major service and we note that the history indicates that the timing chain and tensioner was changed at 85k miles.
This 560SEC is in absolutely beautiful condition and has evidently been garaged and cherished all its life. The body is superb with excellent paintwork and none of the usual corrosion that plagues these cars. The wings, wheel arches and panel below the rear window are excellent and original. Equally the bumper chromes are superb and the brightwork around the windows is unmarked.
The interior is truly exceptional and completely original. All accessories work as intended, the leather is soft and the woodwork is bright and without damage.
The original wheels wear a recent set of matching Dunlop tyres with full tread.
On the road this 560 performs beautifully with seamless acceleration, tremendous urge and effortless, silent high speed cruising. It has the tight, together feel of a beautifully cared for car. For high-speed long distance motoring there is little better.
Despite being one of Mercedes’ icons of the 80s, finding an SEC, particularly a UK-supplied 560 in this condition with this provenance has become a very difficult task indeed. This 560SEC, in a beautiful colour scheme and high specification, is without question a very rare and very desirable car.
406 – Orthopaedic seats left & right
442 – Airbag in steering wheel
471 – Acceleration skid control (ASR)
481 – Undershields (steel sump guard)
251 – Becker Mexico stereo
301 – Storage box in rear
873 – Heated front seats