1986 Mercedes-Benz (W126) 420 SEL



This 1986 Mercedes-Ben 420 SEL (W126) is an Australian-delivered example of a usable classic S-Class, with just three owners since new. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.2-litre V8 engine outputting 160kW/300Nm to the rear wheels. It is also fitted with a four-speed automatic transmission. The odometer of this vehicle currently shows 196,676km since new.



The second-generation W126 Mercedes-Benz is the best-selling and longest-running production S-Class. The iconic Bruno Sacco design incorporates enhanced aerodynamic styling over its W116 predecessor, while retaining iconic S-Class attributes. It was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1979 with luxury levels of equipment and two lengths of wheelbase. A revised “Second Series” version made its debut in 1985 with larger engines and smoother design aspects over the initial W126 debut car. Today it feels like a classic Mercedes-Benz S-Class in looks and drive, but retains important tech like ABS, good air conditioning, and reasonable fuel economy.



Finished in its original shade of white over a lightened grey lower-third, this 420 SEL is upholstered inside with grey leather. The specification also features light grey carpeting and woodgrain trim elements to accentuate the S-Class’s luxury positioning. The original Becker radio, period Motorola phone charger, and Alpine six-disc CD stacker (with remote control) is included. Fitted to this car is a working sunroof. It currently rides on a set of polished 15-inch “Gullydeckelfelge” alloy wheels which come wrapped in Michelin tyres.



This car was built new in March 1986 and complied in Australia in July 1986. It was delivered new through Grand Motors South Port in Brisbane in October 1986 to its first owner who serviced it through official Mercedes outlets until it was sold to its second owner in 1997. This owner had it for 20 years and serviced it largely through Strata Tech Automotive until it was sold to its current owner in 2017. Doe Prestige and FW Graunke took care of servicing since then, while the last maintenance took place in May 2021.



Exterior condition shows very well considering the vehicle’s age and mileage. The white paintwork displays nicely without obvious marks or scratches, while the chrome trim is well preserved. The seller notes the car has some minor stone chips which have been touched up, though the rear left door sill has a paint chip. The electric adjustment to the passenger side mirror is not currently working but the seller notes it can be adjusted by hand. The left headlight cover has a small crack. All four factory alloy wheels display no sign of curb damage and the Michelin tyres retain a good level of tread.



Inside, this 420 SEL has been well-preserved since new and hardly shows its 196,676km mileage. The grey leather seats are in excellent condition and retain their original shapes and no obvious cracking or stress marks are seen. The seller notes there is one minor point of leather split in the driver’s side door cap though it’s hardly noticeable. The carpeting is clean and unmarked, while there are no scrapes or scuffs to the door sills. Interior woodgrain trim is in beautiful condition.



All accompanying documentation items and service receipts will be supplied with this car’s sale.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria under a club permit and is not transferable. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.



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