Lot 211 - 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL (Armoured)
|Odometer reading||45,000 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
The Mercedes-Benz W126 model was the successor to the earlier W116 line, and the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz flagship to officially bear the S-Class name meaning Sonderklasse or 'special class'. The W126 debuted a new Mercedes-Benz design style which was subsequently used on other vehicles in the company's lineup. The model range also introduced many Mercedes-Benz safety innovations, including the first airbag (supplemental restraint systems), seatbelt pre-tensioners, and traction control. Six years of development resulted in the W126 model being introduced at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September 1979, with design work on the coupé beginning immediately after. Because the appearance differed from the rest of the Mercedes-Benz fleet at that time, some people did not appreciate the design at its launch. Compared to its predecessor, the new model had a sleeker, lower profile look, with more aerodynamic qualities than previous models. For the first time, a Mercedes-Benz saloon was not equipped with traditional chrome bumpers; polyurethane deformable bumpers were used, and visually aligned with body panels.
This Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL is finished in dark metallic grey with beige interior and could only be described as unmarked. However, this 560 SEL is unlike no other as the passenger compartment is armoured and in addition the glass is bullet proof. The glass is in first class condition with no sign of any de-lamination at all. The category of protection is B6, it should however be noted the validation certificate has now expired. The car was chauffeur driven to transport a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family around, hence the low mileage and immaculate condition of this Mercedes-Benz. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full Mercedes-Benz service history, this 560 SEL is a unique motor vehicle.
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