The Mercedes-Benz W126 model was the successor to the earlier W116 line, and the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz flagship to officially bear the S-Class name designating Sonderklasse or ‘special class’.
The W126 debuted a new Mercedes-Benz design style which was subsequently used on other vehicles in the company’s line up. The model range also introduced many Mercedes-Benz safety innovations, including the first airbag (supplemental restraint systems), seatbelt pre-tensioners, and traction control. Six years of development resulted in the W126 model being introduced at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September 1979, with design work on the coupé beginning immediately after.
Because the appearance differed from the rest of the Mercedes-Benz fleet at that time, some people did not appreciate the design at its launch; compared to its predecessor, the new model had a sleeker, lower profile look, with more aerodynamic qualities than previous models. For the first time, a Mercedes-Benz saloon was not equipped with traditional chrome bumpers; polyurethane deformable bumpers were used, and visually aligned with body panels.
On offer today we have an extremely rare Mercedes 560 SEL. This car has a dark aluminium exterior finish with cream luxury interior, and is arguably the only vehicle of its kind available on the market. It has been used for the majority of its life to chauffeur a very important member of the Saudi Royal Family. To ensure his safety, the car has a full bulletproof body, including tyres and windows. It is fitted with bomb/blast proofing to Level B6 (Trasco, based in Bremen, Germany is part of Armor Holdings Mobile Security Division) – although it should be noted the validation certificate has now expired.
Supplied with full Mercedes-Benz service history and offered in immaculate condition throughout, with its Royal connections this unique 560 SEL offers its new custodian a great talking point and a whole world of fun.
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