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1990 Mercedes-Benz 420 SE W126 with just 85,926 miles. For Sale

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  • £8,500 As stated
  • 1990
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Price £8,500 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 420
  S Class
Year 1990
Mileage 85,928 miles
Country UK
Region Suffolk
Telephone 01284 644954
Status Trade
Date 15-Sep-2020
Ref C1266850
For sale is this excellent 1990 “G” registration W126 Mercedes 420SE. It is very low mileage for its age (just 85,928 miles) and low ownership car (just 3 former keepers, with 2 of those owning the car for the vast majority of its life).

The car is finished in one of the best colour schemes – Metallic Nautic Blue (929) with Mushroom (265) Leather. In addition the car was specified with the following factory fitted options – 221/222 electrically adjustable front seats, 412 tilt and slide electric sunroof, 440 cruise control and 731 burr walnut trim.

The car has benefited within the past year from 4 brand new Avon ZV1 tyres all round, as well as having the alloy wheels professionally refurbished (not just the face sprayed like so many alloy “refurbishments” – they have been properly acid dipped, refinished, tyres fitted and re balanced. Wheels and tyres are therefore as new.

The car is HPI clear and has just 3 recorded keepers, the paperwork I have the mileage all corresponds and is genuine - the condition of the steering wheel/underbody/engine bay etc is in keeping with this.

The first owner covered the majority of the cars mileage in the first 6 years, with 6 main dealer stamps to 60,962 miles in August 1992, followed by 4 further yearly stamps to 78,432 miles in November 1995, so as you can see the car has seen extremely little use for the past 25 years, but luckily has been brought our regularly for yearly MOT’s etc to keep it all in working order. The car passed to its second owner in Norfolk in August 1996 with 80,000 miles on the clock and had the private registration MCL 1V assigned to it. The car was then used sparingly as the MOT records attest and he kept the car until 2018. For much of the past decade the car was committed to storage and I bought the car a couple of years ago, giving it a service, new tyres, transmission fluid change and general shakedown. As is typical of the W126 S-Class the car has always started absolutely “on the button” and just runs beautifully with excellent oil pressure.
Mechanically the car always starts fine and has excellent oil pressure, and I have recently had both front brake calipers rebuilt by “Past Parts” as well as a new indicator/hazard relay fitted. Ideally the car wants a new rear exhaust section fitted as the silencer is corroded and was patched for the MOT last year.

The car is currently on the “Covid 19” MOT extension (last test carried out 30th July last year) but I will supply a full 12 months MOT with the car on sale.

Bodywork wise I would describe as very good. It is not perfect but is in my opinion very nice indeed for its age, with some light cosmetic marks in general, but nothing that detracts from its overall appearance. The chromework is excellent in general with just a few scratches around the window chromes and a slight kink in one of the rear window quarterlight chrome trims. Both front and rear windscreens are excellent with no delamination which a lot of these suffer from. The car exhibits none of the usual bubbling or rusty wings anywhere I can see on the body, and all wheel arches are very good. Underneath the car is very solid – this is not a typical rusty W126.
The interior is overall in very good condition although some of the burr walnut trim has gone milky. Being full leather (rather than the harder wearing synthetic MB Tex) there is some wear to the driver’s seat bolster. Something has been spilt in the driver’s side rear footwell which has damaged a section of the carpet, however the car has just had a brand new set of original style ribbed floor mats fitted (not cheap!) and this is only visible if you lift one up.

Everything electrical works fine – all electric windows, tilt/slide sunroof, outside temperature gauge (these normally pack up!), electric front seats etc. The central locking also works perfectly on all doors and boot lid, even locking the fuel cap as it should do. The ventilation blower fan is slightly “squeaky” at lower fan speeds.

History wise the car retains the original service booklet and owners handbooks. History wise the car has the following service stamps in the book:

11.04.1990, Swinford Mercedes Benz (pre delivery inspection)
25.04.1990, Swinford Mercedes Benz – 727 miles (running in service)
23.09.1990, Swinford Mercedes Benz – 12010 miles
13.02.1991, Swinford Mercedes Benz – 23670 miles
23.09.1991, Swinford Mercedes Benz – 37154 miles
09.03.1992, Swinford Mercedes Benz – 48309 miles
06.08.1992, Swinford Mercedes Benz – 60962 miles
04.11.1993, BNW Auto Specialists – 69420 miles
24.07.1994, BNW Auto Specialists – 73690 miles
16.02.1995, BNW Auto Specialists – 77162 miles
05.11.1995, BNW Auto Specialists – 78432 miles

With the following MOT certificates:
02.04.1996 @ 80053 miles
13.08.2004 @ 84078 miles
11.08.2005 @ 84320 miles
10.08.2006 @ 84473 miles
17.11.2008 @ 84619 miles
08.09.2009 @ 84627 miles
15.09.2010 @ 84690 miles
05.06.2018 @ 84701 miles
30.07.2019 @ 85837 miles

The car currently has the cherished registration “HLJ 965” fitted, this is not included as part of the sale (car would revert to the original “G” registration) but is available for an additional £500 if the buyer wants to keep it on the car. This is very reasonable for a 3 letter 3 number dateless registration if you have a look on Ebay!

This was part of my small collection of classics, however I have recently acquired an R107 SL so sadly can no longer justify keeping this as well. I believe I’ve priced it very sensibly to move it on.

The car is located near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Viewings and test drives encouraged.

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