Mercedes Is Asking $53k For 22,000-Mile 1982 S-Class In Showroom Condition

Many people, including yours truly, view the Bruno Sacco years as the golden age of Mercedes-Benz design.

Steering the brand’s styling department from 1975 to 1999, the Italian was responsible for many timeless designs that gave the brand a coherent visual identity, including the W201 190, W124 E-Class, W126 S-Class and R129 SL convertible, to name but a few.

The W126, which was built between 1979 and 1991, happens to be my favorite S-Class generation, so coming across this stunning 280 SE that’s up for sale by Mercedes itself, I had to give it a closer look.

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Coming from a time when model designations actually meant something, this 1982 280 SE is powered by a 2.8-liter straight-six making 185 PS (182 hp). Mated to a four-speed manual transmission (yes, you could have a stick shift in the W126 S-Class), the six-cylinder provided respectable performance for the time, with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 10 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

This particular example features a Silver Distel Metallic exterior paint and a Leder Siena leather interior, as well as many amenities including heated seats, air conditioning, power sunroof, self-leveling suspension, central locking system, and more.

Here comes the best part: it only covered 36,000 kilometers (22,369 miles) from new, having spent all its life on the sunny island of Madeira, Portugal. Therefore, rust is a foreign concept for this S-Class that looks as if it has just left the showroom.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum, where the car is currently located, certifies the mileage with past invoices as well as thorough inspections and servicing undertaken by its workshop. To keep it in tip-top shape, the shop carried out many additional work and repairs, including replacing the rear silencer and the motors on the front power windows, plus maintenance of the air conditioning system.

The vehicle comes with a complete on-board folder containing the service record, owner’s manual, full tool kit, the original invoice from 1982, and other documents proving its history. There’s only one “problem” with this 280 SE: its €47,890 asking price, which equates to $52,700 at current exchange rates.

The price includes a final technical check with a new main inspection and exhaust emissions test, as well as a 12-month warranty. Look at it this way: given the low mileage and reliability record of the W126 S-Class, this is a car your children, and probably even grandchildren, will get to enjoy as well.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Hmmmm. A manual S-Class.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Chump change for Jay Leno. He’ll add it to his garage; call him.
    One of the few sedans in the world that looks better with age. Love the interior. I’m not a brown fan, but that color is perfect.

  • pcurve

    it’s pretty rare to see s class from this era with manual or brown leather let alone both. The biggest problem is, it’s just too nice to drive it.

    • Rahul Mandala

      It could mean for a relaxing drive too. A flagship sedan with brown leather, but most importantly, a manual trans. Me like.

  • iggination

    That was the same model my uncle had when I was only 5 years old. Same color, but his was a diesel. I remember standing on the floor of the front passenger seat and looking at the Mercedes star. It was a tank! I wouldn’t be surprised if it could survive a direct nuke strike! Built from the time when they didn’t care how heavy or excessively thick metal components were. I absolutely love them!

  • My Dad had one of these in the 300 SD, 3.0 5-Cyl Turbodiesel version. Built like a solid block of iron, and throughly reliable through the 500K miles it achieved over 10 years. Yep, we did tons of road trips with this car all over the US. It was rare back then to see Benzes and it was quite a performer compared to cars of that time.

  • Bash

    This is worth the money. I like it.

  • Aeromann

    Stunning Benz. 😍


  • Roger Neil Browning

    Being pedantic, the M110 DOHC in-line 6 displaced 2746cc so it was at best a 2.75 litre engine, perhaps was an early example of Mercedes taking liberties with model nomenclature versus actual cubic capacity

    • Kagan

      Well they wouldn’t call it 275 SE, mathematical it should be 270 rather than 280.

  • Crash Bandicoot

    Wow at the rate of modern Mercedes depreciation this is probably worth more than a 2017 S Class with 22000 miles.

  • Patrick D Booth

    Bring back Bruno Sacco! The styling of most current Mercedes-Benzes is just awful.

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  • ksegg

    I miss Bruno Sacco.

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