This 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL was first registered in Massachusetts before moving to Virginia in 2007 and shows 166k miles from new. Finished in Anthracite Gray Metallic (172) over Palomino Leather (264), power is provided by a 5.5-liter V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes power operated front seats, heated front and rear seats, automatic climate control, rear footrests, self-leveling rear suspension and an upgraded Becker Grand Prix radio with bluetooth connectivity. Recent maintenance includes a new transmission, new front shocks, a new fuel pump and filter, a full respray, and much more. Service recorcs dating back 6 years have been included by the seller. This W126 is now offered for sale by the current owner with the original tool kit, a clean Carfax report and a clean Virginia title.
The exterior is finished in Anthracite Gray Metallic (172) and features matching lower body cladding and chrome trim lining the beltline and bumpers. Exterior equipment includes heat insulating glass with an electrically-heated rear window, headlamp wiper/washers, and a power adjustable passenger-side door mirror. The paint was refinished in December 2021 with no signs of rust or body damage present.
The factory 15” Bundt wheels wear Michelin Defender tires measuring 205/65 on all four corners. The tires were fitted in September 2021 and show 2020 date codes. A spare tire can be found mounted in the trunk. Parts receipts show the purchase of two new Bilstein front shocks and new front pads and rotors. The self-leveling rear suspension is in working order with the accumulator replaced in 2017.
The interior is trimmed in Palomino Leather (264) and features Burl Walnut wood trim lining the center console, dashboard and door panels. Both front seats are power adjustable with two-position memory with heating for both front and rear seats. Interior equipment includes a premium sound system, an upgraded Becker Grand Prix head unit with bluetooth input, automatic climate control and rear footrests.
The instrument cluster features a 160-mph speedometer along with a 7k-rpm tachometer, an analog clock and gauges for fuel level, fuel economy, coolant temperature and oil pressure. The mechanical odometer currently reads 166k miles with 1k miles added by the current owner in the past year.
This W126 is powered by a 5.5-liter M117 V8 which is factory rated at 238hp and 287 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Recent maintenance includes a full fluid flush and mechanical inspection with prior maintenance items including a new fuel pump and filter in September 2021, a new transmission installed in December 2021 and a new driver side tail light installed in February 2023. Six years of service records and parts receipts are included and photographed in the photo gallery below. The seller notes that the front-right control arm bushings may need to be replaced and the valve cover gasket shows signs of seepage/leaking.
The Carfax report shows first registration in Massachussetes and later Virginia with linear mileage updates from new, and no accident or damage reports. This 1989 560SEL is now offered with the original tool kit, a clean Carfax report and a clean Virginia title.
A walk-around video has been provided by the seller below.
The W126 is some of the best work to come out of the Bruna Sacco era of Mercedes-Benz and this gray over tan example is the perfect car for anyone looking for a daily driver which provides the Mercedes-Benz classic car experience. With an unrivaled level of ride comfort and no shortage of wood and leather trim adorning the interior, this car represents what it was like to buy a flagship Mercedes-Benz in the late 80’s. Since the W126, five more generations of S-Class have been sold to the public, yet this chassis still holds its own boasting impressive luxury features like heated front and rear seats as well as the retrofit of Bluetooth connectivity. The 560SEL provides just enough modern features to make this car comfortable and easy to daily drive while delivering on the Mercedes-Benz classic experience that we all know and love.
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