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                                                                                                                        Richard is now the
                                                                                                                        M-B Club’s SEC Model
                                                                                                                        Register Captain.

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                                                                                                                        He just had to have a
                                                                                                                        cream leather interior
                                                                                                                        – and you can see why.

added excitement was provided by a        specialist, The SEC Shop in Kent,     W ith the rust issue in mind,           S P E C I F I C AT I O N S
heater that wouldn’t seem to turn off.    whose website has good advice for                  I considered a 560SEC
Needless to say, the air conditioning     buyers. The proprietor, Charles                    imported from California,  Mercedes-Benz
didn’t work, either. On another test      Priaulx-Wells, showed me SECs in      and sure enough it was rust free.       560SEC (C126)
drive I noticed the driver’s heated seat  various states of decay and repair.   Sadly, though, it wasn’t free of
wouldn’t switch off, and exhaust          This could have been off-putting,     blacked out windows, big wheels and     Engine M117 5,547cc V8
fumes were entering the car.              but seeing beneath the skin of these  US headlamps, making it look            Power 296bhp@5,000rpm
Nonetheless, only a few days later the    cars served only to draw me deeper    straight from the Miami Vice set. Oh,   Torque 336lb ft@3,750rpm
Mercedes’ asking price was increased      in. Rear parcel shelf corrosion is a  and no cream upholstery. As an aside,   Transmission 4-speed auto
by a thousand pounds.                     killer of SECs – you’d have no such   in the US I have seen California cars   Weight 1,760kg
                                          trouble on a 124 coupe!               with the dreaded parcel shelf rot.      0-62mph 6.8sec
   I visited the long established SEC                                                                                   Top speed 155mph
                                                                                                                        Fuel consumption 20.5mpg
                                                                                                                        Years produced 1985-1991
                                                                                                                        Number built 28,929
                                                                                                                        All figures from Mercedes-Benz

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