MercedesBenz’s W126 – An SClass Act Three Decades…

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Mercedes-Benz W126

Mercedes-Benz’s W126 – An S-Class Act Decades On

The 1980s, a decade I got to experience but one I think I would liked.

Mercedes-Benz’s imperious S-Class

I mean, who wouldn’t had fun in a decade that accepted very alternative outfits and questionable hairstyles, mullet springing to mind. But the main for my 1980s appreciation is because it was for cars.

The decade saw the growth of the hot and and high performance saloon creating some of the most cars in recent motoring

It was clearly an important decade, not for barnets, but for motor industry

Having not lived the 1980s hand, I often think I’d to own one of the classic examples of car it produced. for me and other fans, anyone to own a classic may soon come in their hunt. Many of GTIs were reverse into hedges at high and clean E30 BMW M3s cost more now they did new. So if you’re to drive a desirable car from the you may find yourself short of options.

Nevertheless, one bitter January I was handed the keys to a certain E Mercedes-Benz; a Diamond Blue, 300 SE to be exact.

Given that car is over a quarter of a century old and a certain three-pointed star I was naive to think it would me of a significant wad of cash. However, I learned that this car be bought for less than a year old Fiesta, or under

Had I come across the bargain barge from the 1980s, or an old banger?

The W126′s body classic yet instantly recognisable

Walking up to the Mercedes, that W126 S-Class shape was evident. A large chrome followed by a long bonnet and lines, remained true to the generation’s design. Unfortunately, our car had its bonnet emblem (probably now of a pre-adolescent’s ‘shiny things’ but aside from this it was clean.

This car oozed class but to its simple lines and classic managed to remain almost in spite of that enormous

Slipping into the cabin it clear just how immaculate car was. Despite 26 years passed since this 300 SE proudly out of Stuttgart, it seemed as it had barely been used. Of it’s one thing to keep a car good, quite another to it running healthily.

As I turned the key the engine instantly fired life, shrugging off the near conditions. Even my far younger Clio had turned over two or times before starting morning, so I was already impressed.

steering wheel a former hallmark

Looking across at my I noticed how typically 80s the interior Lots of plastic and fabric ensured this cabin a Bentley beater but straight sharp angles and dark panelling added a regal to this majestic saloon. The wheel was large with a centre boss, proudly the Mercedes-Benz emblem. It wouldn’t looked out of place in one of Benz’s

Modern S-Class owners are to rely on an abundance of active systems to save them any ‘moments’. Our ’87 example however, a far more passive approach. The SE with a fire extinguisher (an extra at the time), as well as a aid kit. So if you were about to at least you knew you could put out a and rub some cream on associated Not exactly confidence boosting but for its this Merc was one of the best for a safety conscious buyer.

straight-six provides steady yet power

Mercedes-Benz W126

Seeing as how this car had shown much potential, it was now to take it for a spin.

Rolling up the sleeves of my shell I turned up the volume of Duran Rio and clicked the gear lever Drive. In reality, I turned up the and switched off the radio – I wasn’t to let Flo Rida destroy this

The engine in our 300 SE was the entry-level  3.0-litre top end models featured anything up to a V8. Whilst our six might not have the might and overwhelming grunt of the V8, it was than useful and seemingly to utilise all of whatever remained of its 185 German horses. In fact, the power and torque delivery for a very smooth driving Coupled with a steady but automatic gearbox, this responded in a relaxed, yet dutiful

The 300 SE’s chassis set-up was soft, allowing this 1.6 saloon to glide over and potholes. Of course, this with a compromise, with suffering as a result of substantial roll at less than speeds. Carry plenty of into a corner and you’d yourself faced with a more literal example of on the doorhandles’. But this 300 SE was never to be a sports saloon so driving it one would defeat the point.

Generous rear seats for a comfortable ride

Instead, car was designed to carry its well-heeled in comfort and with ease. And one of the best things about car, it can still do what it was to do 26 years on. For this reason, I instead of being something to buy as a I think it is actually something you buy to use everyday.

For someone looking for a saloon, it provides a far more alternative to your Vauxhall and Ford Mondeos. With a boot and plentiful cabin it is a useful tool in carting the family. And that 3.0-litre is a fine example of German meaning you’ll rarely to worry about reliability

Our 300 SE had only covered just shy of miles but we were confident it easily see out another 100,000 at the least. The £220 annual tax and 30mpg means this car a cheap run about but for that 1980s prestige with exclusivity (fewer than 800 300 SEs on UK roads), this car could be an out of the choice.

This Benz means

One thing’s for sure, you’d much cooler in your big old than a modern repmobile.

Mercedes-Benz W126
Mercedes-Benz W126
Mercedes-Benz W126
Mercedes-Benz W126
Mercedes-Benz W126


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