If you are looking for the pinnacle of European full-size luxury cars, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class springs to mind. This halo model for Mercedes-Benz has been around since 1954’s Ponton, and officially gained the S-Class designation in 1972 with the W116. The S-Class is notable for the fact that it was first to bring to market many automotive features that are now standard. In fact, S-Class stands for ‘Sonderklasse’ in German, which refers to a ‘specially outfitted car’. The second-generation W126 was introduced in 1979, and had a twelve-year production run all the way to October 1991. This is a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL sedan from Florida with 56,000 miles on the clock. The seller reports that ‘everything works great’. It’s the ideal ticket into classic Mercedes-Benz ownership if you’ve got a need for space and luxury.
Mercedes-Benz’ second-generation S-Class was styled by an in-house team led by Bruno Sacco and was lighter as well as more aerodynamic than the first. This 1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL sedan embodies that spirit perfectly, in its beautiful and period black upper paintwork with gray lower quarters. It rolls on a set of classic Mercedes-Benz alloys that are wrapped in new tires, reported to have less only about 3,000 miles on them. The interior features black leather seats and a wood-trimmed dash and center console. The front seats are electrically adjusted with memory function as well. The car has air conditioning installed, which the seller reports to be ‘ice cold’, and there is a vent for the rear passengers too. A period-correct Becker radio is installed as well, as featured on Mercedes-Benz models of the eighties and nineties.
The W126 could be had with a variety of gasoline and diesel powerplants, and this 1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL sedan is powered by the company’s 4.2L (256ci) M116 V8 with fuel injection. For 1991, it put out 221hp and 240lb.ft, and sent its drive to the rear wheels through a 4G-Tronic four-speed automatic. This was enough for a zero to sixty sprint of 8.5 seconds, and a top speed of 137mph when new. This car has received new fuel lines, brake hoses, brake pads, shock absorbers, stabilizers, mechanical steering parts, spark plugs and a new AC compressor.
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