Even though it’s more than 338,000 miles, this 560 SEC still looks like it just stepped out of the showroom.
If you can remember a couple of weeks, we made a post on a stunningly beautiful and incredibly rare article 560 SEC AMG. One of the forum members on here MB4Y in connection with this post because he himself is the owner of a 560 SEC. While it’s not the rarer AMG variant, it’s undoubtedly a pretty car. We had a little chat with the owner and wanted to share the story of his wonderful Mercedes 560 SEC from 1988.
To meet bob, currently based in Florida, a Mercedes enthusiast and longtime car fanatic. We have to do a little interview with him about his car and its history.
Bob was born in Los Angeles in the 1940s and owned many classic cars, including a ’63 Split Window Corvette and ’66 Porsche 911. However, his first introduction to Mercedes was in 1963 when we swapped cars for the night with a friend. He traded the Corvette for a four-door ’59 Mercedes that drove up and down Hollywood Boulevard. After being a proud member of the US Air Force, Bob became a corporate pilot and retired from his position as B-767 captain in 2004. Almost sounds like a movie, doesn’t it?
However, the ’88 SEC was not his first Mercedes. His first was actually a 1976 240D, then a 77 450SL, a 79 300D, an 81 300SD, an 83 Euro 500SEC and finally the 560 SEC. It’s safe to say that Bob has a long, almost epic history in classic Mercedes cars. He said while he owned his 500 SEC (his wife’s favorite), someone made him an offer for the car that he couldn’t refuse. He regretted the decision and immediately looked for another SEC. He found the 88 at 61,000 miles from the original owner.
1988 Mercedes 560 SEC
Believe it or not, the 88 now has a prestigious 338,105 documented miles. The engine was rebuilt at 191,000 but the gearbox is original. True proof of the quality of the technology that goes into these cars. Bob told me that a wise man said to “put $ 200 in a cookie jar every month if you own this car, and eventually you’ll get more out of that jug than anyone else, but it will work to be true.” ” After the remodeling and all repairs to the car up to that point, he said the cost was exactly $ 200 per month. Impressive.
Bob said this is the highest mileage car he has ever owned. He says keep up with recommended service fixtures and replace parts if they fail or break. He states that he pays close attention to the noises the car is making to ensure that it is geared towards the needs of the car. Ultimately, the owner and the vehicle have a close and personal relationship.
As beautiful as this vehicle is, the car is still Bob’s daily driver. While his wife has a newer Mercedes, she says she still likes to take the car out because it’s so convenient to drive. Bob says getting in and out of the car isn’t as easy as it used to be. That’s why he recently put it on sale and it’s shipping all over the United States. However, due to the unique mileage, nobody was ready to pull the plug. If only you knew how much love and work went into this single vehicle!
Bob says he still takes the time to do basic maintenance and dates all the parts he installs so he knows when to replace them before they break. He also stated that his favorite part of the car is the “timeless design”. When he bought the car in 1994, it cost him $ 21,000. Since then, $ 200 a month and he says the cost is almost “fuel efficient”. Apparently, Bob has changed his mind about selling the vehicle because he just doesn’t want to part with it. “When some people ask if I want to sell the car, I tell them to speak to my widow,” he said.