I don’t pretend to understand the byzantine model history of this car. Here is one, a mass of rust, held in place by thick, beautiful blue metallic paint.
Up until the point I looked at Wikipedia for clarification, I’d considered this as part of the Mercedes S-class family. It certainly looks grand and when you know it has a V8 engine, you know it means business. The underpinnings are derived from the W114 saloon while the replacement car, the SEC series was derived from the contemporary S-class. It’s a bit of an in between car then.
What’s more important here is that the car is one which looks good from afar but is far from good. Rust is chewing at the wheel arches on both sides and at the base of the C-pillar. The M116 or M117 V8 engine is an imperial device but thirsty and troublesome. This car wears a registration indicating it is in import from the UK.
Like so many older luxury cars, it has failed to thrive in Ireland’s damp climate and presumably there is not the same expertise available to help maintain it. The road tax disc expired last year, alongside the owner’s willingness to deal with the rust (think of a big number with a “€” attached) or find someone who has ever dealt with Mercedes’ tendency for blocked oil channels or timing chains difficulties. And so here is a car that despite its rust is somehow too good to throw away.
Does anyone understand the point of the window louvres?