1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

  • Location: Long Beach, CA
  • VIN: WDBCA44D5FA171942
  • Title: Clean
  • Mileage: 216391
  • Engine: 5.0 liter M117 V8
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic
  • Seller: dennytuesday
  • Reserve?: Yes
Current Bid: BID NOW
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Five words: pillarless, Euro spec, V8, coupe. One of just over 30,000 built over a long 11-year production run, this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC wears slim bumpers and flush-fit headlights, which combined make for a much more elegant and dignified appearance compared to relatively common US spec C126s. A period gray import, the car has reportedly resided in California from new and is further claimed to be 99% functional, largely original, and unusually well preserved throughout.

According to the seller, this is a single-family car that's always been loved and well cared for. The car was previously looked after by its original owner, the seller's grandfather, and reportedly remains almost entirely original apart from later model Mercedes OEM wheels. We think this relatively uncommon sky blue suits the big coupe beautifully, and another big plus is the lack of aftermarket chrome fender trim fitted to many if not most US spec cars.

As previously mentioned, slim Euro spec bumpers complement the car's majestic Bruno Sacco styling, and flush-fit headlights offer further visual refinement. The trunklid has been de-badged, though this was a fairly common Euro spec option, raising the possibility that the car was equipped as such from new. There is some clear coat fade where the right rear quarter panel meets the roof and trunk lid (see photos), but overall paint is said to be nice. Period California "sunset" license plates are the perfect finishing touch for the exterior.

Behind long, heavy doors, the austere but luxurious cabin retains full functionality, including all gauges, power windows and sunroof, R134a-converted A/C, stereo, seat belt "presenters", etc., and in fact the car is claimed to be in complete working order apart from the power antenna. Leather shows some expected wear but overall remains good, and all glass is said to be clear and free from chips, cracks or other flaws. Wood veneers show typical damage around the center console, but otherwise are said to be in great shape. 

The seller claims that the car is mechanically sorted and a pleasure to drive, noting recent work including fitment of a new flywheel, distributor, spark plugs, wires, accessory belts, starter, brake pads and front shocks. An oil and filter change have also been recently performed, as well as some minor preventative rust repair underneath the rubber trunk seal immediately below the rear window.

Mileage is shown as 216k and change, which the seller believes is correct, adding that his grandfather spared no time or expense in the car's maintenance, and that this reflects in its appearance and smooth, refined operation. Sale includes several factory booklets, including a partially stamped service book.


Later model Mercedes-Benz wheels

A/C converted to modern refrigerant


Factory European spec bumpers and headlights

Becker head unit

5.0 liter, 242 HP V8

4-Speed automatic transmission



Original paint

Straight bodywork

Complete trim

Excellent glass

1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC


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