The W126 was the flagship series for Mercedes-Benz. Debuted in September 1979 as the successor to the earlier W116 range, the W126 was the second generation to officially bear the S-Class name referring to Sonderklasse or ‘special class’. The W126 was initially offered with a straight-6, V8, and turbo diesel engine saloon cars. In September 1981, a two door coupé version of the W126 was introduced. Compared to its predecessor, the W126 was more aerodynamic, fuel efficient, capacious, and powerful.
The W126 S-Class sported a new Mercedes-Benz design style which was subsequently used on other vehicles in the company’s line-up. The W126 line also introduced many Mercedes-Benz safety innovations, including the first airbag supplemental restraint systems, seatbelt pre-tensioners and traction control system.
A number of owners were know to order aftermarket conversions to their own specifications mainly in Germany and the UK by a range of tuning companies such as Robert Jankel designs, Styling-Garage and Trasco. These cars are generally known as 1000 Sec cars and badges as such. According to the owner this 1000 SEC features and upgraded interior and dials and various body styling upgrades.
The private owner has enjoyed the car for a number of years and notes that the car has been subject to regular oil changes and check ups. The car is offered with a UK V5 certificate.