Mercedes-Benzs new 3.8-litre 380SEC and 5.0-litre 500SEC V8-engined coupés commenced production in July 1981, going on sale in continental Europe that autumn and in the UK towards the years end. Although the 380SECs overall body style remained much the same as its 380SLC predecessors, there were numerous subtle changes aimed at improving aerodynamics; these, together with Mercedes-Benzs Energy Concept engine and transmission developments, contributing to an improvement in fuel consumption of around 20-25 percent in most circumstances. Bigger in just about every dimension when compared to the old 380SLC, the new coupé offered significantly improved passenger access and comfort, the latter being enhanced by separate rear seats rather than a simple bench. Automatic transmission, electric windows and electrically operated seats were standard equipment on SECs and customers could choose from a host of desirable options. Finished in silver with blue interior, this 380SEC was purchased in 1998 and used as an everyday car by the late vendor. A relatively high mileage example, it nevertheless drove well on a recent test, though with some noise evident from the engine top-end. The car has been serviced regularly by Esplanade on the Isle of Wight and comes with an extensive file of history and all instruction manuals. Representing the prospect of Mercedes-Benz motoring at an affordable price, it is offered with a quantity of MoTs dating back to 2002 (most recent expired August 2008) and Swansea V5 registration document. No reserve.