Lot 258 - 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEC

Lot 258 - 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEC

Lot 258 - 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SEC

Lot Number 258
Registration UAR 561Y
Chassis Number 12604322003128
Engine Number 11696322015682
Odometer reading 58,273 miles
Estimate No Reserve

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 line-up featured seven models. In 1981, the American Wheels Magazine selected the W126 model 380SE as its Car of the Year.

This example was registered new on 1st August 1982 and is showing a mere 58,273 miles on the odometer. In good order throughout the SEC presents well in gold coachwork over a tan interior. Treated to various recommissioning work, notably to the brakes, along with an extensive service including new spark plugs. Reported by the vendor to drive very well the 4.0 litre engine runs as it should and is even ULEZ free! Offered with a history file including the original owners manuals, complete book pack and a stamped service book, together with the UK registration document, previous MoT records and sundry invoices. Consignor Daniel Godin

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