Choose of the Day: 1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL


“You gotta pay to play,” sang Denise LaSalle in a 1988 track. These phrases might very nicely have been written in regards to the thought behind driving a V8 luxurious automotive like this one.

The Choose of the Day is a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL listed on the market on by a non-public vendor in Virginia Seashore, Virginia. (Click on the hyperlink to view the itemizing)

“I bought the automotive in 1994 and am the second proprietor,” the itemizing says. “For the lifetime of the automotive, it has been garage-kept and lined.”

The 420SEL rides on the W126 platform which was utilized in Mercedes meeting traces for somewhat over a decade between 1979 and 1991. Automobiles from 1986 onward (together with at present’s function automotive) have been known as the “Second Collection” and had undergone a mid-cycle refresh to design and engineering.

This automotive has a long-wheelbase physique model and evoked a sense of govt magnificence from each angle – together with its price ticket. The retail worth of this automotive was a staggering $50,950 when new – and this included a $1,050 gasoline guzzler tax. I don’t assume I’ve written about this earlier than, so I needed to dig somewhat deeper on it. What’s the gasoline guzzler tax anyway? The 420SEL had a mixed ranking of 17 miles per gallon, so preserve that in thoughts as we set the stage for the dialog.

The guzzler tax took place because of the Vitality Tax Act within the late Nineteen Seventies and is assessed by the Inner Income Service on new vehicles that don’t meet sure gas economic system requirements. The tax begins at $1,000 for automobiles with a (mixed metropolis/freeway) fuel-economy ranking between 21.5 and 22.5 miles per gallon. It may go as excessive as $7,700 for vehicles that obtain a ranking of lower than 12.5 miles per gallon. The concept right here is to advertise vitality conservation. Producers go alongside the tax to the customer, which is why the 420SEL had had somewhat additional charge tacked on high of its pricetag.

The motor liable for that 17-mpg ranking is the “M116” 4.2-liter V8 which used a Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel-injection system. The one out there transmission for the 420SEL, no less than for automobiles shipped to america, was a four-speed automated transmission. The vendor outlines a number of the upkeep that has been achieved lately on the 117,119-mile automotive. Included within the listing are new shocks, struts, ball joints, a radiator, an influence antenna, new tires, a coolant flush, new tires, and an alignment.

The itemizing concludes: “This Mercedes-Benz has been meticulously maintained with no prices spared to maintain in mint situation. The rationale I’m reluctantly providing the automotive on the market is I’m retiring quickly, we don’t want 4 vehicles, and to permit my spouse to make use of the storage.” Priorities take priority!

The asking worth is $19,995 – and there isn’t a gasoline guzzler tax imposed on used vehicles, so that you’re good there!

To view this itemizing on, see Choose of the Day.


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