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RIGHT                          One 500SEC that I came close
Four speeds are all the  to buying, despite a number of
560SEC with its ample    warning signs like fake 560SEC
engine torque requires.  badging, would not start using the
                         key, which had broken in the
CENTRE RIGHT             ignition. Instead, by turning the
Air con is powerful,     light switch to sidelights and then
now that a replacement   pressing the heated rear window
condenser is fitted.     switch, the motor turned. The
                         cream interior very nearly clouded
BOTTOM CENTRE RIGHT      my judgment.
Centre console not
packed with switches,    I’m surprised how many sellers
but heated seats there.      don’t fix basic things. Dodgy
                             batteries, broken keys and
FAR RIGHT                suspect starter motors all suggest
The 560SEC’s vast boot   that maintenance has been skipped,
will swallow everything  and is off-putting. In another case
bar the kitchen sink.    the car looked in good condition,
                         with solid jacking points and a nice
                         cream interior, but an HPI check      colossal mileages without showing      sundry other things which
                         showed that the odometer had been     it, if they have been looked after.    potentially bumped up the cost of
                         wound back 150,000 miles prior to                                            ownership. With this in mind I
                         the current owner’s tenure, and the      Up to this point all my viewings    switched my search to cars at
                         mileage was actually 250,000. Mind    were in the £4,000 to £8,000 bracket,  £10,000 and above, which were
                         you, it’s testimony to the SEC’s      and all needed bodywork repairs,       definitely better mechanically, but
                         reliabilty that the cars can amass    rear screens, new headlinings and

      “I NEEDED A CREAM
      LEATHER INTERIOR,
62 AND EVENTUALLY
      DECIDED TO BUY AN
      INTERIOR SEPARATELY,
      BUT FINDING ONE WAS
      A WHOLE OTHER
      CHALLENGE”

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