Lot 221 - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SE Saloon
|Odometer reading||64,870 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,488|
Following the debut of the 1970s generation W116, Mercedes-Benz began plans for the next-generation S-Class model in October 1973. Codenamed 'project W126,' the project had specific goals: an improved ride, better handling, and improved fuel efficiency. These improvements were aimed at helping retain the S-Class' market leadership as the world's best-selling prestige luxury saloon. Following the 1970s oil crisis, Mercedes-Benz had made fuel efficiency an especially pertinent goal named 'Energy Program', even in the large V8 engine versions of the S-Class. In terms of the body design, the objective of the W126 design team, led by Mercedes-Benz's Bruno Sacco, was to produce a car that was sleeker and more aerodynamic than the previous model. The application of lighter materials and alloys combined with thorough wind tunnel testing to reduce overall drag meant the car consumed about 10% less fuel than its predecessor. After six years of development, the W126 was formally introduced at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (International Motor Show) in Frankfurt on September 1979. The initial lineup featured seven models. In 1981, the American Wheels Magazine selected the W126 model 380SE as its Car of the Year.
This excellent 1983 W126, 380SE has had one owner from new who passed away last year. This Mercedes has only covered 64,870 miles from new and was regularly serviced up to 1998 when the odometer reading at 59,641 miles. The owner became ill and only used the car very sparingly before taking the 380SE off the road in 2007. Finished in anthracite grey with grey cloth seats, the rear seat appears never to have been used, it is supplied with the V5C registration document, MoT test certificate which expires in June 2015, the complete service book pack and a collection of old tax discs. It has the original spare wheel and tools that have never been removed from the wheel well and also the first aid kit on the rear parcel shelf which has never been touched. The condition of this Mercedes-Benz 380SE has to be seen.
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