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Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

Published on July 15, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

Here we have a very neat W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE ‘S-class’. I found this blue Benz in Beijing today and it just looked spotless. The W126 was never officially exported to China, this could be an ex-diplomat or a gray-market car. How it got here however matters not, because it is great to see it in town.

Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

The W126 was made from 1979 until 1991, engines ranged from the 2.8 six-in line from the 280S until the mighty 5.6 liter V8 from the 560SEC. This great blue example is a 300SE powered by a 3.0 six-in line that was good for 185hp and 260nm. The 300SE was made from 1985 until 1991, it was the second best-selling W126 S-class after the 280SE with 105.422 cars.

Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

How many made it to China is sadly unknown. The 300E however is very rare because when Chinese buyers did all the trouble to import an S they usually went for the more expensive V8 powered models. This is only the first 300SE I’ve seen in China, compared with at least ten 500SE.

Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

Note babe on the left.

Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

Note babe’s behind on the left.

Spotted in China: W126 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

Interior was in very good shape as well. Leather seats protected by cheap seat-covers, as is the habit in China. When you see this in a brand-new car it doesn’t make much sense, but look at this, surely the leather will be shiny as new. Too bad nobody can see it.

Great Benz in a great color; great car, in a great world…

6 comments

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  1. Dennis- July 15, 2012 Reply

    I like seeing that you cover some old benz recently!

  2. Tycho de Feyter- July 15, 2012 Reply

    More to come…

  3. schaminski- July 16, 2012 Reply

    yay! carnewschina being on a roll with all those 80s/90s beauties lately! well done sir!

  4. schaminski- July 16, 2012 Reply

    btw…looking at the door panel trim, original seat should be cloth, maybe velours. but other than that, truly a nice example, especially since it is not black as most other w126 in china (and probably anywhere else in the world).

  5. cjcz92- July 16, 2012 Reply

    I love this gen of S Class. Super elegant and classy

  6. Joniel Joseph- November 1, 2012 Reply

    This is good!!! Although most of the Chinese people are rich and once they owned a Benz, they should be maintained 🙂

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