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1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL


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Engine Size
304 CI
4 Speed Automatic
36,777 (Actual)
Fort Worth
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While Mercedes-Benz has always been famous for outstanding build quality, it was the W126 S-class like this 1985 500 SEL that firmly positioned the company as the automotive world's finest purveyor of state-of-the-art technology, too. This impressive low-mile luxury sedan incorporates luxury features that we today take for granted but were truly ground-breaking thirty years ago.

The 500 SEL was Mercedes-Benz's flagship, a long-wheelbase sedan that incorporated more performance and technology than anything that had come before it. The sleek, aerodynamic look came to define and entire generation of German luxury cars and was an '80s icon for wealth and sophistication. As a result, finding an ultra-clean, low-mile example like this is quite a treat and you'll unquestionably find that this car still feels quite contemporary. The looks have aged well, and with that sleek icy blue paint, it looks appropriately subdued for its job. Finish quality is quite good, particularly given that this is an original car, and it fits together with the expected levels of precision. Bumpers are nicely integrated into the design rather than tacked on as with earlier models, and the subtle two-tone with gray lower body cladding helps to disguise the bumpers even further. The big chrome Mercedes grille is as traditional as ever, with the three-pointed star up top defying the wind that seems to have shaped the rest of the car.

The "L" in 500 SEL denotes a long wheelbase model, a personal limousine that added nearly five inches of rear legroom. Fully upholstered in high-quality gray leather, the interior will be familiar to any Mercedes fan and it's a testament to good design that it is so easy to get behind the wheel and feel instantly at ease. The seats, door panels, carpets, and other soft parts are in outstanding condition and seem to defy the decades. Some of the features that were standard on the S-class include automatic climate control, exterior temperature display, and the famous Mercedes-Benz power seat controls, which use a pictogram on the door panels to adjust the heated bucket seats. Even the rear seat is power adjustable and heated, appropriate to the passengers it was expected to carry. A Becker Grand Prix AM/FM/cassette stereo was state-of-the-art in 1985 and still sounds decent in the hushed sedan's interior.

The 5.0-liter V8 engine was the top powerplant in 1985, making 228 horsepower and 229 pounds of torque with incomparable smoothness. The 4-speed automatic transmission starts in second gear unless you really boot it, but this car truly excels on the highway, where it loafs along at triple-digit speeds without apparent effort or sound. Given that this car has only travelled 36,777 miles means that it is hardly broken-in, given Mercedes' products reputation for longevity, and thanks to careful maintenance it remains ready to enjoy. The A/C has been converted to R134a, which appears to be the lone modification, which tells you a lot about the quality and sophistication of the machinery. Underneath, it's impressive, showing off its low-mileage status and obvious signs of living in a warm climate. And those distinctive Mercedes-Benz alloy wheels were a staple of German luxury for two decades, with this big cruiser wearing 205/70/14 Sumimoto radials all around.

Still impressive after all these years, this is the only sub-$20,000 car that can make its owner feel like a millionaire. Call today!

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  • AM/FM Radio
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cassette Player
  • Cruise Control
  • Defrost
  • Driver Airbag
  • Four Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Fuel Injection
  • Heat
  • Leather Seats
  • Numbers Matching
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defogger
  • Seatbelts
  • Sunroof
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