Streetwalker- Mercedes Coupe De Grace Edition

Another week, another Mercedes kicked to the curb and with a For Sale sign taped to its window. Today we have a W126-series 560 SEC of indeterminate age, and of determinate condition.
Built between 1986 and 1991, these range-topping coupes brought the power to the people with both the M117 275-bhp 5,547-cc V8 as well as every option MB could throw at it. The car is so big that it has robot-butler arms that hand you your seat belt and then retract out of the way like a good servant.
This black on black coupe asks $4,200 to take up residence in your driveway, and that seems a little steep considering the condition. There’s crazing in the lusterless paint- and black already shows each and every imperfection in excruciating detail. The stainless is also dented in places, and the bumpers show scuffing in places. Inside, things are different and the interior presents well, with no cracks in the dash and leather that looks pretty decent.
If you’re jonesing for a big benz with locomotive-like power and presence, this might be right up your exceptionally wide alley. The claim of “Xlint” running is a plus, as these are wallet-draining to have repaired. Still, it’d be a good idea to have it run over with a fine-toothed comb to make sure there aren’t any surprises down the road.
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  1. LTDScott Avatar

    I've always loved these big 126 coupes, but part of the appeal is the fact that my initials are SEC.

    1. superbadd75 Avatar

      So I take it you're also a fan of Southeastern Conference football and love the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  2. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    My tire monkey days leave me hating these on account of their lug-centric wheels that require a very thin wall thin wall 17mm socket to drive the lug bolts in while you attempt to balance the tire in the air.
    One of these days I'll stop thinking about every car I see as if I have to do a set of tires and an oil change on it.

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    Yo Dawg, I heard you have a car in Xlent condition. Thats funny, yo, cuz my name is Xhibit, and that is one trick ride. It needs more teevees, and T-Tops, but nice price.

    1. superbadd75 Avatar

      It alzo needz some VTECH yo.

  4. engineerd Avatar

    The driver side headlamp wiper seems to be broke. No sale.
    These cars always fascinated me. People usually link ginormous coupes to the US carmakers. Well, Mercedes was not afraid to put 2 doors (and apparently very little rear leg room) on a car with the same footprint as many saloons.

    1. superbadd75 Avatar

      The biggest (and best) difference between MB and the domestics with their supersized coupes? Mercedes gives the option of 12 cylinders worth of giddyup.

  5. P161911 Avatar

    A car like this, in a little better condition is very high on my under $10k want list. The fact that less than 1 out of 10 W126s is a coupe is a plus for me. From what I've heard, the repair prices on these are THAT bad, compared to say a newer M-B. If only they had made a model with 3 pedals….
    If I am ever forced to get a "safe family car" a W126 will move up even higher on the list.

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      "Safe family car" was my dad's logic when he bought my then-three-year-old 300 SD in '86. He also liked/likes the diesel fuel economy and that the car's only computer was/is in the Becker head unit.
      He also loves W126 coupes. Can't say I blame him.
      Oh, and you could have driven a manual SEC in 1989. The only catch was you had to be a driver for AMG's touring car team.
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  6. tenbeers Avatar

    I've always really liked the W126 and W124 coupes. There's a white one with AMG wheels and spoilers down the street from my office, it exudes 80s coke dealer but still looks great.

  7. Jberk Avatar

    I nearly bought a W126 sedan a few months ago, but the coupe has the style.
    I figured if I bought the sedan I'd dress it up with some flags on the front fenders and a dummy bodyguard in the passenger seat.

  8. Maymar Avatar

    While I was working at a dealership, we had a nearly identical 560SEC traded in on an Equinox (that alone is Behind The Music levels of sad). I wish I could've justified trying to buy it. I don't wish to pay that price bi-monthly, keeping it on the road.

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