Lot 212 - 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SE Saloon
|Odometer reading||80,500 miles|
|Result||Sold - £5,600|
Project code name 'W126' was initiated towards the end of 1973 shortly after the successful debut of the 1970's W116 generation. The primary objective was to extend global market leadership in the sales of prestige luxury saloons. At the core of the strategy was delivery of improved handling, ride comfort and fuel efficiency. Thanks in part to the use of new light-weight materials Mercedes were able to legitimately claim fuel savings in excess of 10% versus the W116. Not only were the new V8 engines more efficient but they were also more powerful and the interiors of the cars more capacious.
This excellent example has the 3.8 litre, V8 which was modified by Mercedes-Benz at the very beginning of 1984 with double bank timing chains for smoother running. Purchased new in June 1984 by Mr Trickett of Cranleigh, Surrey, he specified metallic silver-blue coachwork with Galaxy Blue cloth, a Blaupunkt Melbourne stereo, green tinted glass, centre armrest, electric windows and headlamp wash/wipe. The car was annually serviced by the supplying dealership for nearly 20 years until the car passed to his widow in 2003 at 71,000 miles. She continued to have the car serviced annually, first at Mercedes-Benz and then at a garage local to her home in Cranleigh. Recently retired from driving, this impressive example has a warranted low mileage, one family (husband & wife) registered ownership and a comprehensive history file with 21 main dealer service stamps (all from the supplying dealership) and in excess of 20 printed service and repair documents from Mercedes-Benz until 2005 (75,406 miles). In the last nine years, it has only travelled a further 5,100 miles yet has had no expense spared in maintenance, repairs and general upkeep with further receipts to a value in excess of £10,000 in the history file.
The engine is described as whisper quiet and silent from within the cabin at tick-over. Performance is strong and the driving experience effortless, consistent with the impressive upkeep of this car. The paintwork is virtually unmarked and the seats, plush carpets and door cards remain as new. The navy blue dashboard is entirely free from splits or cracks which can characterise some of these older cars and it has done less than 200 miles since its MoT in May and comes with a full Mercedes-Benz book-pack, virtually all of the old MoT test certificates, a V5C and two sets of keys.