Luxury Aging Well – 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

5604Back in 1987 if you were looking for a high-end personal luxury coupe, it didn’t get much better than a brand new Mercedes-Benz 560SEC. Although the design shows a bit of distinguished age we’d say if you’re looking for a luxury coupe in 2013 it still doesn’t get much better than an immaculately preserved 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC.

In the second half of the 1980s, $80,000+ bought you cutting edge performance and the highest standard of luxury in the form of the Mercedes-Benz 560SEC. Perhaps as importantly to people who sought out the flagship Mercedes, that money also bought you exclusivity. While $80,000 is still a pretty staggering price for a new car, as the seller of this example points out, that price adjusted for inflation in the current market works out to almost $160,000.

You may not be able to buy a brand new 560SEC anymore but the Mercedes seen here really isn’t that far off from showroom fresh. Barely showing its 26 years, this immaculate car has only traveled 48,572 miles. Add in the fact this car has spent its life in a dry southern climate–the first 18 years with the cars original owner–and you have a recipe for a truly stunning survivor car.

This era of Mercedes is well-known for their near bullet-proof reliability and build quality even in the face of merciless abuse. With this in mind, we’d think a 27-year-old 560SEC that’s been completely babied since new should still drive as well–if not better–than most new cars. Thanks to the 5.6 liter V8 and Mercedes design we’d venture a guess this autobahn stormer would also be quite a bit more fun to drive than the average aging luxury car.

Following this line of thought it is easy to see exactly why the bidding is already hovering at $25,000 with several days left on the auction. The obvious and admittedly probably correct result of the sale is for this car is to go to a collector who will appreciate and continue to baby it. Even so, at the current price this Mercedes certainly looks like a significantly more appealing way to spend your commute than most new cars in a similar price range.

Find this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on eBay here.


  1. That car cost 80k in 1987

  2. Lol I bought mine for $500

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