Quite simply the best four-seater coupé you could buy in the ‘80s, and there still can’t be a lot to compare them to today. Mercedes-Benz created something special by taking the best of the other SECs and adding fatter tyres, flared arches and a limited-slip diff. Climate control came as standard, as from 1988 did heated seats. With the aid of a mechanical/electronic fuel injection system, the 560’s engine put out 20% more power than even the 500SEC. There was a price to match - by the end of the ‘80s these cars cost a massive £63,000.
Price at launch:
Independent, coil spring, anti-roll bar
Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil spring