Back in 1991, Mercedes-Benz finally laid to rest one of the finest Sonderklasse (S Class) models since the line’s inception in the 1950′s. During it’s 12 year run, the W126 (model code) was the first Benz to introduce many of the safety options that modern car shoppers take for granted (read – mandatory): airbags, crumple zones, traction control, and seatbelt pretensioners. That’s some forward thinking Mercedes, well played.
As a young man growing up during the height of the W126′s reign over the upper class, I fondly remember that many of the cold war ‘Us vs. Them’ movies (very popular at the time) used the
flagship battleship sedan as the number one choice for anyone traveling in a foreign motorcade (headlight flags were optional). Thus, in my humble opinion, the Mercedes-Benz S Class between the years of 1979 and 1991 was the most shot at vehicle on the market. That’s pretty rad. If you google image search the term ’560 SEL’ you can check out the various versions of the sedan from Braubus to AMG to Koenig who offered everything from turbos to body modifications. It truly was the ride of choice from Sultans to Princes to Wall Street Tycoons.
When it debuted in 1979, Mercedes loyalists scoffed at the modern look of the W126 S Class as many thought it was too forward thinking and too futuristic. By 1991, the W126 still looked refreshing and cutting edge especially in interior materials and fit and finish. Let me know what you think in the comments below, does the look and feel of this boat hold up almost twenty years later? Downloadable photos can always be found here: Shiny Side Flickr