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1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SE W126

1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SE Part 4: Decoding our Project Car and Planning Our Next Move

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit the whole world in 2020, most businesses catering to the publication and entertainment industries suffered a sharp decline in their earnings. Our company was not immune to the worldwide economic slowdown. One of the initial measures we took to save our dwindling precious resources was to temporarily mothball our project cars, including our Mercedes-Benz W126. ...

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 500SE Part 3: Sailing Through Tough Times

My mom taught me an adage that was passed on to her early in life: “Lahat ay mahal kapag wala kang pera. Lahat ay mura kung meron. (Everything is expensive if you don’t have money. Everything is cheap when you have.)” I am reminded of this wise old saying after our finances were reduced when we shifted our magazine business ...

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 500SE Part 2: Drivetrain and Wheel Restoration

In our previous report, we mentioned that we weren’t confident with all the cheap fixes we did to our 1986 Mercedes-Benz 500SE project car. We realized that we can’t fix our top-of-the-line German luxury car with run-of-the-mill parts and service. So, we dug deep into our pockets and took our 500SE to a German car specialist workshop. On January 22, ...

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 500SE Part 1: Not for the Fainthearted

  From 1979 to 1991, Mercedes-Benz produced the W126 series as its top-of-the-line Sonderklasse (Special Class or S-Class) model. It achieved several awards including the Wheels Magazine “Car of the Year” in 1981; the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute “Safest Passenger Car of the Year” in 1988 and 1989; the third-ranked luxury vehicle in J.D. Power’s 1990 Initial Quality Survey ...

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