1986 Mercedes 420 SEL W126

LOCATIONHockley, Essex SS5

1986 Mercedes 420 SEL W126

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  • Series 2 model
  • V8 Engine
  • Eight years in a private collection
  • MOTs from 1993
  • Invoices and Owners Books
  • Part of a small collection
  • Please scroll down the page to see the bidding and to read a full description for this Mercedes 420 SEL

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  • Series 2 model
  • V8 Engine
  • Eight years in a private collection
  • MOTs from 1993
  • Invoices and Owners Books
  • Part of a small collection

It is 55 years since the Mercedes S-Class was launched. It is now a bona fide classic and impressive enough to trounce many moderns.

The Mercedes S-Class represented the pinnacle of automotive prowess, this is the flagship of the Mercedes range. It is the model that gets the cutting-edge tech first, offers the greatest refinement and always features ample performance. The S-Class often features technology that wouldn’t feature in mainstream cars for years or even decades.

The Mercedes W126 S-Class was produced in two series. The first being cars until 1985, and the Series 2 models from 1985 to 1991. The second-generation S-Class is considered by many to be the best W126


This Mercedes 420 SEL spent around eight years standing in a private collection. The current owner purchased from there as it was. Subsequently, in February 2017 he recommissioned the Mercedes and carried out any work needed, including MOT work and then put it into storage for a short time… But the world changed when the pandemic engulfed us all and that is where the Mercedes still is today.

Our vendor Graham tells us:


  • The body work has survived well
  • At some point it has had exterior paint work to a high standard
  • The lower sections of the car were colour matched into white, as were the bumper lowers and mirror backs
  • There are now a couple of small areas where corrosion is evident under the paint
  • These will need to be attended to sooner, rather than later if you want to keep the car looking this nice
  • The bumper chromes are good, as is all the bright work around the car


  • The interior of this Mercedes 420 SEL is excellent
  • In rare blue cloth which contrasts nicely against the white exterior
  • The interior space inside the SEL is noticeably greater than the standard wheelbase cars
  • The electrics all work – except the driver’s window which has stopped functioning
  • The radio has been disconnected as it was draining the battery


  • This Mercedes 420 SEL is mechanically sound
  • The engine previously had a habit of dying under load, this was traced to various blockages in the fuel system and was rectified before the 420 SEL went into storage
  • The engine is smooth and powerful
  • Starts easily first time
  • Gearbox is excellent
  • The remainder of the general mechanics are good

There is a plastic wallet with the car containing old MOTs back to 1993, lots of old receipts and the original owner’s manual.


For decades, the S-Class has been an automotive yardstick.

These luxury saloons have always represented the very best of the German marque’s forward-thinking design and technology. In its homeland, this model is referred to as the “Sonderklasse,” or Special-Class. The W126 was only second generation of the car to officially carry the S-Class badge.

There is a very identifiable bell-curve with Mercedes cars. The move from being ultra-desirable status-symbols to becoming second-hand cars and eventually, no-one really cares. Then people start to remember just how good they were, and the market moves.

A rare car today and values are moving up. This S-Class is reserved at a point that allows room for the new owner to improve if they wish to, or just use it with its extremely over-engineered Mercedes build quality, as a daily driver.


All the classics in the Hockley Collection start and run. However, as always after a classic has rested up for a period, there will be an element of light recommissioning involved to the Mercedes 420 SEL before returning it properly and safely to the roads.

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Vehicle Location: Hockley, Essex SS5– it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
n*******************m £1,250.00 2023-04-07 10:08:52
a***1 £1,000.00 2023-04-04 14:39:07
n*******************m £1,000.00 2023-04-07 10:07:48
j***********s £500.00 2023-03-24 16:34:33
Start auction £500.00 23/03/2023 12:00 AM


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