In the newest edition of TFLcar.com, “Rare Find,” we scour the country in search of rare, beautiful, desirable or simply odd cars on the market today. This week, TFLcar.com has spotted a gorgeous, rare, black-on-parchment 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Coupe for sale in California via eBay. This is the scarcest of all of the American 560-spec cars, which includes such desirable models as the 560 SL roadster and the 560 SEL saloon. A total of only 28,929 examples ever rolled off of the assembly line at Stuttgart.
This particular example is a true gem, with a two-owner California pedigree and a mere 42,000 miles from new. The interior is filled with supple, as-new leather and completely intact walnut trim on the dash, center console, and door handles, a feature of classic Mercedes-Benzes that has been notorious for cracking. Even the car’s extensive chrome around the window sills and above the taillights shows flawlessly. Impressive still is that there is very little of the fading on the wraparound gray fenders, proving that the car wasn’t stored outside for extended periods of time.
1987 was also a great year for 560 SEC production. It was the second year after the switch to the larger, smoother 5.6-liter V8 from the 5.0-liter V8, meaning that this example was one that received the improved engine early in the car’s 1985-1991 production cycle. The 5.6-liter making 295 horsepower and 336 lb.-ft. of torque proved to be the largest engine that Mercedes would cram into a vehicle for nearly 10 years. In addition, along with the switch to the larger engine, the 560 SEC received a high-tech self-leveling rear suspension system in 1985, meaning that this 1987 example was one of the earlier examples to receive the technology.
With a recent service involving all belt and air filter replacements and all books, tools, and service records included, this SEC looks to be in tip-top shape for its next owner. Best of all, however, this 560 SEC has the “Buy It Now” option at a great price of $22,500. It’s a timeless classic that delivers without breaking the bank.
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