1986 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Saloon
Registration no. C479 OHG
Chassis no. WDB1260372A193524
Engine no. 11796322088578
Commenting on their significance, Werner Breitschwerdt, Daimler-Benz Development Chief, said, The new 500SE and SEL five-litre models are equal or even superior to our 450SEL 6.9 in design and equipment. First seen at the Frankfurt Show in 1979, the range-topping 500SE/SEL saloons were the most luxurious built by Mercedes-Benz. Replacements for the 6.9-litre 450SEL, the re-styled newcomers used the 4,973cc overhead-camshaft V8 already seen in the 450SLC coupé. In saloon trim the all-alloy, fuel-injected motor produced 240bhp and was coupled to an all-new, four-speed automatic gearbox. Both the SE and SEL (long wheelbase) models could accelerate to 60mph in around 7 seconds and reach 140mph, a level of performance similar to the larger-engined but heavier 450SELs and superior to that of many out-and-out sports cars.
This right-hand drive 500SEL über-saloon was acquired by the vendor (its second owner) in 1988 via his company. The mileage at time of acquisition was 17,000 and the total currently stands at circa 173,000. Finished in blue with grey leather interior, the vehicle comes with full Mercedes-Benz service history, current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.