Lot 303 - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SE Saloon
|Result||Sold - £1,750|
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 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 with the initial line-up featuring seven models.
An excellent 1985 W126 380SE with full service history, this example has covered just 63,757 miles from new and has been owned by the current vendor since 1993. Finished in silver with cloth trim, supplied with the V5C registration document, a valid MoT test certificate until August 2015 and a service book pack coupled with good history file and old MoT test certificates dating back to 1991 to verify the mileage along with original owner's handbooks, the condition of this 380SE has to be seen.
Guide price £2,000 - £4,000