Unexpected Everyday Exotics

Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL
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Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL

For decades, the wealthy have been driving the S-Class Mercedes-Benz sedans, as a conspicuous statement of understated opulence. Through the ‘80s, the Benz to have was the powerful 560 SEL, a car beloved by diplomats and celebrities alike.

With a long wheelbase, the 560 SEL had plenty of legroom to be a decadent chauffeured car, though it was still pleasant to drive oneself as well. While the car is legendarily sturdy and mechanically reliable, many of the auxiliary features can be finicky especially after twenty-plus years, and thus can be tricky to maintain for the modern buyer. Thankfully, as many of these were made, parts are readily available, and with prices as low as $5,000 for a decent car, this can be an excellent way to buy an opulent sports sedan. 

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