The S Class model line (W126) was made up of the SE (base 4dr), SEL (stretched 4dr), and SEC (coupe)
The 5.5L V8 (M117) was the most powerful engine available for the S-class. Its 155 mph top speed made it faster than the Porsche 911 3.2 and Ferrari Mondial of the same year
The W126 could be optioned with self-leveling hydro-pneumatic suspension, known as HPF III. This system automatically lowers the car 24mm when vehicle speed exceeds 74 MPH, improving aerodynamics and increasing high-speed stability. HPF also adjusts the ride quality from hard to soft based on vehicle speed and road condition, improving comfort and drivability. The driver can even raise the car by 35 mm when driving over harsh/uneven road surfaces (only up to 50 MPH)
The optional fully automatic climate control system used an overhead mounted sensor to give a more precise reading of interior temperature. When the sunroof was opened, the sensor could automatically detect outside air flow and re-adjust the heat settings to maintain the desired temperature (without driver intervention)
By 1991, 560 models could be optioned with “ASR” (Anti-Slip Regulation) which was the industry’s first form of electronic traction control. The option included a yellow warning indicator in the center of the speedometer that flashed when the system was in active
Key Model Year Changes:
First year of the midcycle update (known as “Second Series”) which came with many changes
New flush headlights and new larger 15″ wheels
Rocker panel moldings are now smooth (vs. ribbed)
First year of the 5.5L (and many other new engines)
First year of the optional HPF III, which is a heavily redesigned hydropneumatic suspension
Transmission now offers “Standard” or “Economy” shifting
ABS is now standard
First year of the “hill-hold” feature (prevents the car from rolling backwards when stopped on a steep hill)
Gauge cluster is revised, a more reliable New automatic HVAC system is more reliable. Same
with the new cruise control system
Switches and buttons are updated
Suspension and steering systems are improved
The following year (1987) had very few changes, which included a passenger airbag option for the first time (this replaces the dash glove box). Drivers airbag is now standard
1988 models received a new 100 watt 10 speaker sound system with 6.5″ door speakers and multi-channel amps mounted behind the rear seats
1989 saw a completely redesigned interior with folded leather door panels and rear-side panels, new seats w/ bigger side bolsters, 120W heated seats (vs 90W), updated EGR system, check engine light, improved engine diagnostics, standard passenger side airbag, passenger side knee bolster, improved rear defroster, and locking center console storage bin with a roll-away cover finished in burl wood
Garaged. Immaculate condition
54k original miles
Starts, idles, runs, drives, and stops perfectly and effortlessly
Has never been a daily driver, and has never been in an accident
Absolutely no rust anywhere
Undercarriage is clean. The original rust proofing is in excellent condition
The black paint and chrome shines like new. Aside from a few tiny touched up paint chips, there are no dents or dings
The interior appears as new
Pretty much everything works (A/C, sunroof, power antenna, seats, windows, lights, cruise control, etc)
The original Becker radio (included) has been upgraded by MBenz dealer w/ a newer Mercedes Stereo system (aux plug for phone)
Speakers have been upgraded as well
One owner until 2009
Original window sticker, bill of sale, registrations, and ownership transfer records are included, as well as service records
*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it.
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