when you find the cars in junkyards that you had not so long ago as Posters hanging in your room. What a grim reminder.
JUNKYARD TREASURE: 1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560 SEC
A big, fast German coupe, for those who felt the W126 sedan was for old folks.
The Mercedes-Benz W126 S-Class was an engineering and design masterpiece, perhaps impossible to top during its reign throughout the 1980s. Most W126 buyers opted for the sedan version, but a few buyers wanted something a bit less… sensible. For them, the W126 coupe added a slight aura of danger and adventure, without the actual adventure they'd have experienced driving, say, a Jaguar XJ-S or Maserati Biturbo coupe. Here's one that got used up at age 29 and now awaits its date with the crusher in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.
These cars were very reliable, to put it mildly, but when something did go wrong it was going to cost plenty to fix. What sends W126s to the junkyard (and a steady stream of them has been flowing into these places for a couple of decades now) is the combination of not-so-well-heeled third or fourth owner and some sort of problem that will cost more than, say, 500 bucks to fix. Once that happens, the car will take that final tow-truck ride.
It was possible to get the 560 SEL sedan with an MB-Tex interior in Red, but most buyers of those stodgily savvy machines opted for black or brown leather. If you went for the 560 SEC, though, you were more likely to be some kind of bucks-up risk-taker, and of course you'd want an interior color that reflected that fact.