Bulletproof Mercedes 500 SEL for sale


Now, you hear sure adjectives utilized on a regular basis to sure issues, to the purpose the place they grow to be superfluous. We all know the Queen is ‘dignified’, whereas Kim Jong Un is a ‘despot’ – or, in case you’re North Korean and need to keep alive, ‘wonderful’. And on the subject of Mercedes’ of previous, it’s ‘bulletproof’ that all the time crops up within the lexicon. So me starting as we speak’s noticed by telling you that the W126 S-Class is a bulletproof Benz is a bit like strolling by Sherwood Forest and shouting excitedly, “Look, tree!” It is all a bit apparent.

Besides not this time, although. This time I can discuss a 500 SEL being bulletproof as a result of, effectively, it’s. Actually. It really resists bullets. And in case you don’t consider me, simply have a gander on the photos within the advert. Take a look at the door glass, for instance. It’s thicker than Professor John I.Q Nerdelbaum Frink Jr’s specs – and for these of you who don’t watch the Simpsons, he wears a correct set of coke-bottles in entrance of his peepers. For this W126 we’re speaking a four-slab laminate that, as a guesstimate, should be a silicone sandwich that’s over an inch thick.

What’s fascinating about that’s how they might accommodate such enormous glass sections in a automobile with out altering the outside design that dramatically. I imply, take the Presidential Beast. That’s purpose-built. It was designed from the outset with that degree of safety in thoughts, which, by the best way, consists of even thicker five-inch home windows that’ll cease armoured-piercing bullets. However this S-Class is a modified automobile. But, inside and outside, it appears to be like just about like every other W126. You’d assume it might want a totally re-engineered shell to accommodate window frames that thick. The advert doesn’t say what degree of safety it affords, however loads of armoured W126s have been made with B6-grade glass, which may arrest bullets from a high-powered rifle like a .380 Winchester.

I as soon as drove an armoured-plated W116 – this automobile’s predecessor – and the doorways have been immovable – after they weren’t shifting to allow you to in. Stable-billet strong. Created from the type of gauge materials you could possibly hit with a hammer and the one harm can be a damaged wrist. That had the 6.9 V8 and it wasn’t that sprightly, I can inform you. However then these automobiles, by the point they’re absolutely kitted out, can weigh as much as 4 tonnes. So I can’t think about this 500 will get wherever close to the 7.3-second 0-60mph time {that a} common 500 SEL would’ve achieved, and don’t count on it to be thrifty to run, both. When you have been to interrupt into double figures on the MPG entrance I’d say that was good going. 

In addition to the glass and physique beefing, there are the tyres and wheels to contemplate, too. The tyres look fairly puffy, which is presumably as a result of they’ll run when punctured. And I’ve by no means seen these wheels earlier than on any W126 – have you ever? They seem to have a double rim, which I assume is one thing to do with conserving the tyres on if some unsavoury scrotebag decides to take a pop at them as a result of he needs to steal your pockets. Or your head.

I’ve one other query, by the best way. When you’re an skilled in these items (which clearly I’m not) what are the 2 buttons behind the window switches for? One’s marked ‘Check’ and the opposite one simply has an ‘F’ on it. It’s in all probability going to be one thing lifeless apparent, however I wish to assume there’s no such factor as a silly query.

Except for its modifications, the previous woman’s trying rattling clear for practically 40 years’ service – bar some effervescent on the floor right here and there. To be truthful, that’s commonplace. These automobiles are typically waited on by house owners who aren’t in need of a bob or two. The goal buyer for an armoured car tends to be a dictator who can dip into the GDP of a rustic to cowl the servicing prices. Whoever ordered this one had good style, although. He (or possibly she) went for velour as a substitute of leather-based, which might be my selection for a W126. And the upholstery appears to be like prefer it’s untouched, however then this automobile’s travelled simply 43,000 miles, which is nothing in fact. W126’s are bulletproof, in spite of everything. 

Specification | Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL (W126)

Engine: 4,973cc, V8, naturally aspirated
Transmission: four-speed computerized, rear-wheel drive
Energy (hp): 252 @ 5,200rpm
Torque (lb ft): 287 @ 3,750rpm
MPG: Not many
CO2: Many
First registered: 1985
Recorded mileage: 43,000
Value new: A big fortune
Yours for: £29,995

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