This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL was sold new as a European delivery example to its original owner and shows California registration from new. Finished in Black Pearl Metallic (199) over Gray Leather (268), power is provided by a 4.2-liter V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. Equipment includes European specification headlights, a power sliding sunroof, power adjustable front seats with memory, cruise control, automatic climate control and an electrically heated rear window. Now showing 115k miles, this W126 is offered for sale by the current owner in Los Angeles, California with the original first aid kit, tool kit, original Becker head unit (uninstalled), manufacturer’s literature and a clean California title.
The exterior is finished in Black Pearl Metallic (199) with contrasting gray lower body cladding and chrome trim lining the windows, bumpers and grille. Exterior equipment includes European spec headlights, Euro Amber corners, European spec taillights, a power sliding sunroof, a power adjustable passenger side mirror, an automatic antenna and a headlight wiper/washer system. The car is believed to have previously received paint work with an accident reported in 2013. No airbags were deployed. The exterior presents well with no rust or body damage present.
The 15” 15-hole Gullideckel wheels wear a satin silver finish and come fitted with Michelin Defender all-season tires measuring 205/65 on all four corners. The wheels are in good condition with no signs of damage or curb rash. A full-size spare is included in the trunk along with the original tool kit.
The cabin comes upholstered in Gray Leather (261) with matching gray carpets and black floor mats while Burl Walnut wood trim lines the center console, dashboard and door panels. The wood trim shows some signs of cracking around the center console. Both front seats feature power adjustability and memory while the second row highlights carpeted footrests, ashtrays and reading lights. Interior equipment includes automatic climate control, cruise control, power windows and a Kenwood head unit with Bluetooth functionality.
The gauge cluster contains VDO instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer 7k-rpm tachometer, an analog clock and gauges for fuel level, economy, coolant temperature and oil pressure. The six-digit odometer reads just under 115k miles with 1k miles being added by the current owner.
This flagship sedan is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 which produces 221 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through the help of a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Carfax report shows linear mileage updates along with California registration starting in 1993 along with the aforementioned accident which occurred in 2013. This W126 420SEL is now offered for sale by the current owner with the original tool kit, first aid kit, manufacturer’s literature, original Becker head unit (uninstalled), a full-size spare and a clean California title.
The W126 has aged like a fine wine thanks to Sacco-era styling that is, unmistakably, classic Mercedes. As with each generation of S-class, this top-of-the-line offering from Mercedes is adequately over engineered but - unlike cars from the modern era - not overloaded with electronics; making this generation of Mercedes easy to keep on the road for decades. Throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, the long-wheel-base W126 was a must have for any notable figure worldwide. While vehicles today seem to be somewhat soulless, classic luxury sedans with big V8’s like this are becoming more desirable. This long-wheelbase 420SEL proves that you don’t have to overcomplicate something to make it feel like the best automobile in the world. This example has been preserved exceptionally well and has accrued just 115k miles from new while spending its entire life in Southern California. The European spec headlights are a subtle upgrade that go a long way in improving the front end styling and are sure to be noticed by any true enthusiasts. Thanks to quality craftsmanship and legendary build quality, the W126 feels like a tank and well-preserved examples like this one are slowly becoming extinct.
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