The running gear followed Mercedes-Benzs established pattern, comprising of independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, while a new five-speed manual gearbox was offered alongside the existing four-speed automatic transmission. In the event of a claim, the guaranteed value s on your policy declarations page is the amount your vehicle s is covered for, even if the value displayed here is different. Front-end and steering bushings and components will need replacement long before that. For those first years, the U. Our unique algorithm classifies jobs according to a wide variety of factors, estimates the market rate for this specification of job and displays the estimated rate of pay when sufficient data is available but can't take into account differences in the level of experience required, responsibilities or working hours.
Although the first W116 S-Class in the 1970s established Mercedes-Benz as a global leader in safety engineering and technical prowess for sedans, it was the next W126 S-Class, beginning in 1979, that saw this model become a top-tier luxury good, a true flagship, and a lasting symbol of affluence throughout the 1980s. With a choice of six and eight-cylinder engines offering anywhere 2. At 80-90,000 miles it can show some wear but this can usually be adjusted out. From 1980 through 1985, the U. If anything three are too may surviving to consider one a rare classic. However, the gearbox that arrived in 1986, which is switchable between sport and economy modes is the best. Avoid alienengined Stags as the smart money now goes on originality.
This iconic classic has a good service history from its pre-delivery inspection report on 25th July 1988 through to 18th September 2017, the file also includes various invoices from 2000 to 2014 from Mercedes-Benz specialists showing works carried out during this time. It comes with its factory hardtop, air conditioning, heated seats, electric windows and cruise control. Traction control was also introduced, as were seat-belt pretensioners. Cars built after 1976 benefi ted from improved rustproofi ng while those made after 1980 featured wax injection of the various cavities. Other problems include a silted-up rad, which can affect any model — expect to pay around £200 for a recore.
Safety and occupant protection were also unparalleled, with a driver airbag offered through most of the model run and a passenger-side airbag introduced in 1989 and made standard in 1990. In general, powertrains for Mercedes W126 models are quite bulletproof and last well past 200,000 with no issues. If you would like to discuss your Hagerty Insurance policy, please call us at 877-922-9701. Failure to renew the oil regularly will inevitably lead to worn camshafts and followers along with timing chains. Choose from a three-point set up for £200 or a four-point option for £400. The problem is, a new cap in a Mercedes box costs around £100! So, with relatively low values, peerless build quality, a superb reputation, strong performance and surprising practicality, there must be a catch, surely? Its power unit was an enlarged and improved version of the existing 3. The smoothed-over styling of the W126 S-Class signaled a newfound focus on aerodynamics and fuel-efficiency.
Diesels were also a serious portion of sales. Sensibly priced, this car offers style, luxury and performance all in great abundance. Initially there was just a 3. The S-Class is widely considered to be the poster car for the U. As ever with a Mercedes and despite the fact that four and fi ve-speed manuals were available, automatic transmission is tailor made for their touring characteristics and the ride is fi rm yet also a tad fl oaty.
These models are extremely difficult to find in this condition as most owners are reluctant to part with them. Some cars never have their roof raised; the hard top either stays on all the time or the car just comes out of the garage when the sun is shining. Indeed, even now the car looks great; classy and understated with no hint of ostentatiousness. If the work needs doing, expect to see some blue smoke on start up, but then a clean exhaust once the engine starts to warm up. Of more concern though — and more likely to be rusty — are the jacking points and sills.
On pre-1980 cars, take a look at the sub-frame, which can rot badly; replacements are available, but to have a specialist do all the necessary work could easily add up to more than £2000. £8000-£30,000 When it comes to real-world affordable cars, none are better engineered than a Seventies or Eighties Mercedes. For all Hagerty Insurance clients: The values shown do not imply coverage in this amount. This really could just be the best allround convertible for the summer. Indeed, be suspicious of cars that have been modified, as the suspension and braking systems are excellent in standard form and so are the engines and transmissions.
Inside, these updated S-Class models include electronic automatic climate control, an electronically adjustable steering column, and leather steering-wheel and shift-lever trim, among other additions. The car is presented with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in October 2019. Bauer Consumer Media Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Firm reference No. Despite being introduced at the start of the 1970s, the car still looked fresh the day the last example rolled off the production lines at the end of the 1980s; few other designs could stand such a test of time. Incidentally optional rear seats were available but even toddlers will complain over the lack of space in the back!. Pre-1975 cars featured a fl uid flywheel transmission — later boxes had a torque converter.