1988 Mercedes 560 SEC Convertible Conversion Is For Acquired Tastes

The Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC still looks [email protected] more than 3 decades later after its launch, and if you’re a fan of this classic S-Class, then you might be tempted by this gorgeous 1988 example that’s for sale.

RMSothebys has it listed for their Essen auction in Germany that takes place on April 11-12. It sports a black exterior on top of a grey leather interior and has come to Europe straight from the United States, where it was initially shipped.

At this point, you have noticed the convertible body style, but this isn’t how it left the factory. The auction house states that it was converted early in its life with a power soft top, without being able to tell exactly when and by whom.

Still, everything appears to be in place, functioning just like it should, which makes it “perhaps the ideal car for those looking to motor around in typical “80s splendor”, as per description that provides nothing else, except for the fact that it passed through a large collection in the Cayman Islands before being exported to Switzerland.

Now, for the good part: back when it was new, the Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC used to be one of the most expensive cars. Today, this model sells for between €5,000 ($5,615) and €50,000 ($56,150), depending on how well it was preserved and the number displayed on its odometer.

As for this one, if the auction house’s estimates turn out to be correct, then it should fetch between €10,000-€15,000 ($11,230-$16,845), which would make it about as expensive as a new supermini. It’s also offered without reserve, so don’t forget your cheque book home.

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  • Salih Ahzem

    Considering the fact that a non-credited aftermarket tuner would not perform the necessary additional chassis reinforcements after “chopping the roof off” as the OEM would do, this one probably shakes down the road like a wet dog. Looks cool though…

    • Six Thousand Times

      If it were done by ASC or Hess & Eisenstadt or someone like that, they would’ve done the necessary reinforcement. I’m a little worried that there are no shots with the top down.

  • Alberto Barrales

    Great job ruining a beautiful SEC.

  • Stunning.

  • MultiKdizzle

    There’s nothing quite like a fabric top to absolutely ruin a car’s lines.

    • Stephen G

      The 1949 Buick Riviera Hardtop” was designed to mimic the clean lines of a convertible. The designers wife always drove convertibles because she liked the way they looked but never put the top down. Convertibles usually look better than the sedan version, like the Jaguar E-type for example. What usually looks bad is a car designed to be enclosed and then the top is hacked off, much like the 350Z.

      • MultiKdizzle

        E-Type Convertible looks better I’ll give you that.

        I can think of single modern convertible that looks better with the top up than the equivalent coupe.

        • Stephen G

          Miata, Audi A4, all BMW’s. Again, most modern convertibles are coupes with the top chopped off. That almost never looks good.

          • MultiKdizzle

            In my opinion, all recent 3 Series, 4 Series, and 6 Series look far better as coupes than they do convertibles. Something about the awkward angle created at the top of the C-pillar with a soft-top.

            I like the Miata hardtop better (sacrilege, I know). And the same definitely goes for the A4/A5.

  • Alduin

    Soft top convertables are stupid they rot and look like crap after awhile. This should’ve been a hard top. Who buys convertibles anymore anyways?

    • Stephen G

      You just insulted everyone that owns a Miata.

      • Alduin

        Who cares. Soft tops are for queers.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks great but I’d want a little more provenance on the coachbuilder who did the conversion.

  • Bash

    This have been converted into a drop top hard top. That would be something, I agree with most comments here, this is ruined with the soft top.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    At 15k euros I would consider this a bargain.
    I bet it will sell for more.

  • Stephen G

    Conversion companies put a tag on the cars stating they converted them. Maybe this was a one off for a Daimler executive that was converted by Daimler.

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