Peter Vardy Heritage offers the rarest of all the Mercedes SEC models, the fabulous 420SEC.
With just 3,680 units manufactured worldwide, this is believed to be one of only 98 left in the UK today. First registered on the 3rd March 1990 by Drake & Wood LTD, official Mercedes Benz retailer for Kent, this superb example has covered a mere 63875 miles from new and is in the best colour combination of Blue Black Metallic (199U) with contrasting Full Grey Leather(268) Upholstery.If you are a perfectionist and someone who has uncompromising standards, this is the car for you.
FACTORY OPTIONS INCLUDE:
239 MICHELIN TIRES FOR MESSRS. HERTZ
256 REAR AXLE WITH LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
341 ADDITIONAL BLINKER LAMPS
362 RHD VEHICLES AS PER EC REGULATIONS (CONTROL CODE)
412 ELECTRIC SLIDING ROOF WITH TILTING DEVICE
440 TEMPOMAT (CRUISE CONTROL)
461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND
524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION
532 AUTOMATIC ANTENNA WITHOUT RADIO SET
580 AIR CONDITIONER
600 HEADLAMP WIPER/WASHER
615 LAMP UNIT, ASYMMETRICAL L.H. TRAFFIC, AND FRONT AND REAR DOOR COURTESY LAMPS
640 15-HOLE LIGHT ALLOY RIMS
812 REAR-MOUNTED LOUDSPEAKERS
873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS
This Mercedes SEC Coupé embodies refinement and sportiness without compromising comfort and safety, attributes which distinguish every Mercedes and allow the owner to drive in the most sophisticated style. The excellence of this SEC is indisputable. A stylish personal car that does so many things so very well, with the performance and road manner of a lusty GT car, the elegance and plushness of a limousine, and the prestige of the 3-pointed star. It is understandable therefore, that the SEC Coupé was hailed as one of the most beautiful cars of the post-war time.
The C 126 model was launched at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 1981, where Daimler-Benz presented the 380 SEC and 500 SEC Coupés. This new generation of Coupés was based on the S-Class Saloon rather than an SL, as in the case of the SLC models. The V8 engines used in this model had been thoroughly revised as part of the “ Mercedes-Benz Energy Concept” with the aim of reducing both fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.
Being the second generation, this SEC benefits from the styling, engine and suspension enhancements: retouching of the exterior – primarily of the bumpers, the protective side strips where smooth cladding panels were introduced, the wheels – and the latest engine in the range, a V8 with a displacement of 4.2 litres, capable of 136 MPH Top Speed. Additionally, the rear-axle design was modified in several details in order to improve ride comfort. Sophisticated suspension for enhanced comfort and safety, the suspension was identical with the basic Saloons, with a double-wishbone front axle and a semi-trailing arm rear axle with anti-squat control. For the first time, the SEC Coupés featured floating-calliper disc brakes on the front wheels, permitting the use of larger brake discs as well as the location of the brake cylinders on the inside of the wheels where they were cooled more effectively.
The frame/floor unit was also taken from the Saloon, albeit shortened by 85 millimetres. The wheelbase was 30 millimetres longer than on the predecessor series and the passenger compartment appreciably more spacious. The bodywork was designed based on the latest findings in safety research. To compensate for the non-existing central pillars, the roof frame structure was improved and the A-pillars were strengthened with welded-in high-strength tubing. As a result, the Coupés lived up to the same high safety standard as the S-Class Saloons. An interesting equipment detail were the electrically operated belt feeders which formed part of the standard specifications of the SEC models and had the task of moving the seat belt into the field of vision and thus within easy reach of the driver and front passenger. In addition, an airbag for the driver and a belt tensioner for the front passenger were optionally available. A remarkable design detail was the aerodynamically optimised door handle recess which largely prevented the door handle from soiling. In any case the vehicle’s aerodynamics were optimised as a whole for lower fuel consumption. This left the drag coefficient at an incredible cd=0.34.
In September/October 1991, almost 10 years after the launch of the SEC Coupés, production was discontinued. The total volume of 74,060 units built work wide demonstrates the model family’s high popularity. Clearly the rarest version was the 420 SEC.
Originally purchased and registered to a privately run company for 2 years, the vehicle was then transferred in to the private ownership of the Managing Director who retained it for a further 12 years before passing it on to the next keeper, who owned the vehicle for 4 years. Subsequently the vehicle has been cherished by 2 private keepers who account for the next 11 years of ownership, of which, the vehicles was SORN'd and placed in storage for 3 of those years.
The vehicle comes with a 9 stamp Service portfolio (Mercedes Benz & Specialist) and 12 Historical MOT certificates, all substantiating the low mileage and maintenance that this outstanding vehicle has enjoyed in the hands of its fastidious owners.
14/06/2005 46450 miles
13/06/2006 50372 miles
10/03/2008 52776 miles
14/05/2009 55577 miles
27/04/2010 60371 miles
17/06/2011 62199 miles
22/08/2012 62242 miles
15/10/2013 62252 miles
12/09/2014 62516 miles
12/04/2016 62852 miles
14/03/2018 63390 miles
19/03/2019 63896 miles
Complete with all keys Original Sales Brochures, Mercedes Benz Book Pack, including Service Book,Owners Manual , Radio manual and Original factory data card. This is an outstanding and original vehicle in every way and unquestionably the best available on offer. With good examples being very hard to find, this represents an excellent usable modern classic, the future value of which is guaranteed, given rarity, condition and provenance.
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