From 1979 to 1991 the 280 S to 560 SEL models were the measure of all things. Elegant, luxurious and magnificently crafted, many former developers at Daimler still swear by this S-Class to this day. A car without weaknesses and available on request with every extra imaginable. Airbags, electrically operated and heated seats front and rear, automatic climate control, a car phone with a fax and superior office equipment, trip computer and much more meant that there were virtually no limits to the price lists of the day with their additional charges. For in the early 1980s there was an ever-increasing move towards individualisation, a desire that the brand with the star was more than able to respond to in the form of the 126. Cult status was achieved by the 560 SEL, which to this day is the epitome of a luxury Mercedes-Benz S-Class for many, with space galore, endless travel comfort and up to 220 kW / 300 hp. There were more vehicles built of model series 126 than of any other S-Class. In the twelve years of production nearly 820,000 saloons rolled off the production line.