Lot 224 - 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL
|Odometer reading||60,775 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,056|
The S-Class has always been the epitome of performance, comfort and safety, setting benchmarks within the luxury saloon and limousine segments whilst also bringing new levels of technological innovation and product refinement to the industry as a whole. The W126 in its quest to deliver maximum comfort and outstanding safety pioneered driver and passenger airbags, acceleration skid control and a bodyshell with forked longitudinal member, making it the first series production vehicle in the world to meet offset crash requirements. The W126 was also the first production car to use safety belt pre-tensioners and to fit rear passenger seatbelts.
This top of the range V8 500SEL was completed at the factory on 8th September 1982, registered in Dusseldorf on 13th September and personally imported straight away by the business partner of the successful industrialist and Lords Peer Harry Stokes. DVLA issued VYJ 988Y documentation to the car just 14 days later. The car was gifted to Lord Stokes shortly afterwards and re-registered in his name. It was for driving to his Villa on the French Riviera from his home in Guildford, Surrey. Consequently the car was specified in righthand drive with a km/h speedometer and optioned with both air-conditioning/climate control and an electronic steel sunroof. Coachwork is metallic Lapis Blue with Galaxy Blue ribbed velour interior. Further luxury appointments include heated front seats with electronic positional adjustment, front armrest, adjustable rear seat backrests, electric left door mirror, Becker Mexico cassette stereo, automatic antenna, light alloy wheels, headlamp washer/wiper, ABS, Tempomat cruise control and limited slip differential.
Mr Stokes passed away aged 94 having owned the car for approaching 30 years. The family offered the car to the son of their neighbour, who as a motoring industry professional had always known and admired it. Although garaged, it has seen little use over two years of ownership so the decision was made to sell. The limousine is in remarkable time-warp condition throughout. The performance and handling of the car today is comparable to when the car was new with effortless power and seamless, whisper-quiet delivery even when hurried. The gauges show healthy oil pressure and the steering and suspension continue to give the car excellent balance and a purposeful yet composed driving experience. Documents in the history file refer to upkeep at Mercedes-Benz Guildford. The car has two keys, owners' handbooks, service book, Becker user-guide plus cards and pamphlets issued by the factory when new - all in perfect condition. The original fabric tool-wrap is present and correct. The car has done just 97 miles since its MoT test (no advisories) and 900 miles since its last full service including new discs and pads in April 2013.
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