1983 Mercedes 500SEL
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If ever a car epitomised the eighties, this 500SEL must be it. Finished in Light Ivory with Brazil brown leather, equipped with a very high specification and enhanced from new with a Lorinser body kit, full colour coding, 16” lattice alloy wheels and a hand-painted brown coach line. The height of chic in its era!
Only two owners from new, the second bought the car at three years old in 1986 and it remained his pride and joy, only used for special occasions and always garaged, until he passed away last year. It has covered just 20k miles from new.
Supplied new by Europa Cars in Sheffield and registered in October ’83, this W126 was generously equipped with electrically/heated/orthopaedic front seats, electrically adjustable and heated rear seats, curtains all round, air conditioning, cruise control, Becker Mexico, fire extinguisher and an electric sunroof.
The first owner, Foston Hall Farm Ltd, kept the car for three years then sold it to a Mr Redfearn, an automotive engineer, who lived locally. Over the next 33 years Mr Redfearn only covered just over 6000 miles. The car was his prized possession and spent most of its time raised off its wheels to protect the tyres and regularly detailed. It was never used in bad weather and only taken out for weddings and visits to his flying club.
Having been carefully stored, maintained and cherished throughout its life the condition is of museum quality. Original, untouched and completely immaculate throughout.
All books and manuals come with the car along with its original bill of sale. The speedometer was replaced in the mid-eighties (common MB failure) when it had covered around 13k miles, which together with the 6281 miles now recorded add up to a total mileage of circa 20k miles.
The colours and body styling make this car a real period piece and extremely unusual, however together with the time capsule condition, very low mileage and ownership, this car is quite unique and one of the best examples of a W126 that it’s possible to find.
221 – Left front seat electrically adjustable
222 – Right front seat electrically adjustable
223 – Electrically adjustable rear seat
226 – Foot rests in rear
227 – Illuminated ashtray and cigar lighter in rear
256 – Rear axle with limited-slip differential
294 – Curtains for rear window
295 – Curtains for rear door windows
406 – Single seat with orthopaedic front seat back rest, left and right
430 – Headrests in rear
440 – Tempomat (cruise control)
470 – ABS
505 – Outside rear view mirror electrically adjustable, left
532 – Automatic antenna
543 – Illuminated vanity mirrors
570 – Folding armrest
580 – Air conditioning
592 – Heat insulating glass
603 – Headlamp wipers
682 – Fire extinguisher
812 – Rear speakers
871 – Heated seats