The Mercedes-Benz W126 is a series of saloon vehicles manufactured from September 1979 as the successor to the earlier W116 line, the W126 being the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz flagship to officially bear the S-Class name referring to Sonderklasse or ‘special class’. The W126 was initially offered in straight six, V8, and turbo diesel saloon models. Compared to its predecessor, the W126 was more aerodynamic, fuel efficient, capacious, and more powerfully engined. The W126 range also introduced many Mercedes-Benz safety innovations including the first airbag (supplemental restraint systems), seatbelt pre-tensioners, and traction control. The W126 had a twelve-year production run between 1979 and 1991, the longest of any S-Class generation since the flagship models were first built in the mid-1950’s.
Offered from the estate of a significant private collector of many cars, motorcycles and military vehicles, unusually this rare variant is fitted with a manual gearbox which will suit the more enthusiastic drivers amongst collectors. Finished in metallic black with a light grey leather interior, and sitting on subtle steel wheels, this car is the epitome of conservative elegance.