This 1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC AMG Tribute has recently undergone a full mechanical refresh and features a 5.4L M113-swap paired with a 722.6 five-speed automatic transmission. The car is featured at The MB Market tent at Legends of the Autobahn for Monterey 2023 and can be viewed in person on August 17th. Finished in Classic White (737) over Blue Leather (252), the body features an AMG body kit, AMG Penta wheels, and Euro-spec lighting and bumpers. Extensive maintenance was undertaken by the seller in addition to the engine and transmission swap including a refresh of all external gaskets and seals, new spark plugs, battery, starter, power steering pump, AC compressor, radiator, cooling fan, a 3.06 differential w/LSD, and much more detailed below. The car is a former Silver Star of Excellence Award winner and service records will come with the car. This 500SEC is now offered for sale by the current owner with maintenance records, manufacturer's literature, a recent Carfax report and a clean Tennessee title.
The pillarless body is finished in Classic White (737) and features a full AMG body kit including extended side skirts, a lip spoiler, and stamped front and rear AMG lips. The car was underwent a recent repaint in the factory color to correct all blemishes, ensure consistency of paint with the install of the body kit, and paint all chrome trim to match the style of pre-merger AMG builds. Exterior equipment includes Euro-spec bumpers and lighting, front fog lamps, dual chrome exhaust tips, a power passenger-side door mirror and a heated rear window. The body shows no signs of corrosion or damage and no accidents appearing on the Carfax report.
The car has been equipped with authentic AMG Penta wheels measuring 16x8 all around and feature paint-matched faces. New 225/50 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S4 tires were recently fitted and upgraded brakes installed from a later model 560SEL. The car features anti-squat rear suspension from the factory. The car was equipped with a new old stock set of AMG white springs paired with Bilstein shocks, however, due to age the springs sag and have been replaced with new H&R springs. A stainless steel Super Sprint exhaust has been fitted and shows dual chrome tips at the rear. The seller reports that the cruise control is currently inoperable.
The cabin is upholstered in Blue Leather (252) with a matching blue leather dashboard and carpet. Burl Walnut wood trim accents the center console, dashboard and door panels and shows some fading and hairline cracks. Blue Recaro seats are power-adjustable with heat have been installed for both passenger and driver with working compressors. Additional interior appointments include automatic climate control, cruise control, automatic seat belt presenters, a telescoping steering column, a Retrosound stereo with bluetooth capability. A new AC compressor was recently installed and all electronics are noted to be in working order.
The leather wrapped AMG Atiwe steering wheel fronts the original analog instrument cluster including a 160-mph speedometer, a 7k-rpm tachometer, an analog clock and gauges for fuel level, economy, coolant temperature and oil pressure. A digital outside temperature sensor is included at the bottom of the instrument cluster. The six-digit odometer currently shows just under 146k miles from new. All gauges are in working order and the seller reports the tachometer to read high but plans to replace the tachometer for the next owner.
This C126 is powered by a 5.4-liter M113 V8 mated to a 722.6 five-speed automatic transmission which were swapped from a 109k-mile 2002 S55 AMG. A 3.06 differential equipped with a Quaife limited-slip differential was also installed along with a stainless steel Super Sprint exhaust. Recent maintenance and updates have been outlined below:
A walkaround, driving and flyby video is viewable below.
Oh to be young again: This C126 has been given a fresh take on life despite being a very well-sorted and clean example to start with. It's no secret that the desire and value of all pre-merger AMG builds have been on the rise in recent years with no end in sight. This particuar SEC does an excellent job of blending period-correct styling with modern day performance. To start, one must appreciate the updated Euro-spec details such as the skinny bumpers and lighting. The AMG body kit and paint-matched chrome is right on target and nails that original 80's vibe. A fresh high-quality repaint has ensured there's no mistmatched panels or trim pieces and has rid the body of imperfections. Authentic AMG Penta wheels finish off the look with a fresh set of Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The original color scheme in Classic White over Blue leather remains the same but now with Recaro seats and an AMG Atiwe steering wheel to up the ante once again.
Still, there's more to this SEC than just a pretty face. There's plenty of bite to back up the bark when you get behind the wheel of this 80's coupe. Under the hood, the freshly sorted 5.4L M113 AMG V8 provides plentiful performance and will have you smiling from ear to ear. The matching 722.6 five-speed transmission has been mated to a 3.06 rear diff with Quaife LSD to help put all the power to the road. We could go on and on about this 500SEC and all of the updates it's received to make it one of the coolest builds yet. However, words will never do it justice. Don't miss your chance to experience the modern day AMG SEC like never before!
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