The W126 Mercedes SEC: men of taste and distinction

One of the most popular posts on this blog is an old one, praising the most beautiful car ever made – in fact one of the most aesthetically pleasing objects made by man – the mighty Mercedes 126 coupes from the 80’s and 90’s.

No doubt about it
No doubt about it

Anyway, what brought this reverie on was seeing a celebrity in one the other day. Not just any celebrity, but one with decades of accumulated cool and credibility – Clint Eastwood. Clint was giving his new lady friend a lift.

Clint's white 500 SEC
Clint’s white 500 SEC

Now, why would a multimillionaire be driving around in a 20+ year old car? Because it’s so damn enjoyable. He’s not the only one either. What would the wildest F1 driver of them all drive when he’s not at work?

The legendary Ayrton Senna!
The legendary Ayrton Senna!

And Nigel Mansell, Keke Rosberg and Alain Prost.  Even Martin Brundle.

Or what would the finest living art critic drive (it’s in the superb DVD’s recommended here and here)?

Brian Sewell: my hero
Brian Sewell: my hero
Genius at work
Genius at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really, Bruno Sacco is the Michelangelo of modern design. Philippe Starck doesn’t come close. Naturally Bruno drives a 560 SEC. It’s in films and video games.

Sadly, The Knife’s own 560 SEC (see below) has moved on, even if this only a temporary state of affairs.

For unrequited SEC junkies I can recommend this Tumblr page.

Three more images, it’s worth it…

...ahhhh...
…ahhhh…
The one in the middle. It's successor is on the left. Still pretty extraordinary.
The one in the middle. It’s successor is on the left. Still pretty extraordinary.
...in jeder Sprache, perfekt
…in jeder Sprache, perfekt

 

 

 

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One thought on “The W126 Mercedes SEC: men of taste and distinction

  1. I remember the first time I saw that silver/blue leather SEC, at the 89 Paris motor show, when I was a teen.I think it was a 420, and It was an absolute eye opener; Today I only drive Mercs, modern ones, but the SEC is still the best looker ever in my view, and the only car that just never ages.

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