This 1988 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL is finished in Anthracite Gray Metallic (172) over Gray (278) leather and powered by a 4.2-liter V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Features include a sunroof, automatic climate control, Becker Cassette stereo, power accessories, headlamp washers, disc brakes, and 15″ wheels. The car has spent its entire life in the Houston area since 1988 through the seller's acquisition in May 2021. This W126 sedan has undergone significant mechanical refreshing within the past year including an extensive fuel system overhaul with all new fuel lines around the engine, two new fuel pumps, fuel pump hoses and a new gas tank; rebuilt AC control unit, new ignition wires, new fuel accumulators, all new brake calipers/pads/rotors, new tie rod assemblies, new rear stabilizer links, new drag links, new steering shock, new drive belts, new antenna grommet, new exhaust hangars, new tires, and refinished OEM wheels. At 85k miles the car received a new timing chain, tensioners, chain guides, chain rails and a resurfacing of the head. This W126 now shows 97k miles and is offered with manufacturer’s literature, stamped service booklet, partial service records, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Texas title.
The car is finished in Anthracite Gray Metallic (172) with gray lower cladding and features an electric sunroof with tilt function, an automatic antenna, chrome trim, and headlamp washers. The seller reports prior paintwork on the rear passenger door to remediate scratches, but the rest of the paint is believed to be all original. Photos showing exterior paint and trim condition are viewable in the gallery.
Silver 15″ Gullideckel wheels were recently refinished and are mounted with a new set of 205/65 Goodyear Assurance tires showing 2020 date codes. Stopping power is provided by disc brakes stationed at all four corners. Recent service to the suspension and braking system includes all new brake calipers/pads/rotors front and rear, new tie rod assemblies, new rear stabilizer links, new drag links, and a new steering shock.
The cabin is upholstered in Gray (278) leather with matching carpets and door panels while Zebrano wood trim adorns the dash, center console, and door cards. Amenities include power-adjustable front seats with position memory, automatic climate control, cruise control, an analog clock, power accessories, and the OEM Becker stereo. The seller states that that A/C, heat, and stereo all function as intended but the passenger mirror switch and power antenna are not operational.
A four-spoke airbag steering wheel frames VDO instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer and a tachometer with a 6k-rpm redline. Additional guages provide readouts for fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and instant economy. The six-digit mechanical odometer shows 97k miles, 500 of which have been added by the seller.
The 4.2-liter M116 V8 sends power to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Extensive service has been performed on the drivetrain and fuel system including a new timing chain, tensioners, chain guides, chain rails and a resurfacing of the head. An extensive fuel system overhaul with all new fuel lines around the engine, two new fuel pumps, fuel pump hoses a new gas tank was also performed. Additionally, the AC control unit was rebuilt and new ignition wires and new fuel accumulators have been installed.
Additional photos showing of the underbody are presented in the gallery.
The Carfax report shows no accidents or other damage, linear mileage updates, and history exclusive to Houston, TX through its most recent entry in June 2021.
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