The Consolidated W126 SEC Coupe Related Info/Photos/Tips Etc

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The Consolidated W126 SEC Coupe Related Info/Photos/Tips Etc

Post by KimB » Thu 10 May, 2018 7:01 pm

Hi all,

I had a look through the W126 Forum Section but could not find a Subject heading devoted to the SEC Coupe. Please prove me wrong if there is one and I will ask Admin to remove this Topic. I know I started the Consolidated W126 Coupe section under Cars for Sale, but zilch in the W126 section.

There are lots of posts in the W126 General section, so I thought it would be good if all future SEC posts could be entered under this new Subject heading.

So, if you have any info including articles, general info, photos, restoration/repair tips etc pertaining to any of the SEC models, here's a place for them. :dance:

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Post by KimB » Thu 10 May, 2018 7:03 pm

Meanwhile, I know this is a plug for Meguiars. But it was such a nice looking coupe...i just couldn't resist!

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/sh ... ull-Detail&

Cheers again,
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Post by KimB » Thu 10 May, 2018 7:11 pm

Does anyone know anything about this Victorian restoration?
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Post by KimB » Thu 10 May, 2018 7:21 pm

I found a better quality video of the Wheeler Dealer 500SEC resto, (which I had previously posted in the general W126 section). They turn a basic 500SEC into an AMG tribute car.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5hrdr0

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Post by kimrh » Fri 11 May, 2018 11:27 pm

KimB wrote:
Thu 10 May, 2018 7:11 pm
Does anyone know anything about this Victorian restoration?
Yes that was the orange 380SEC coupe owned by the Real Estate Agent "Ray Trowthe" back in the 80's
He had "CarShine" in Melb do the widebody conversion work as they were authorised Agents for AMG back then.
They got the panels and rims in from Germany to do the work which they carried out in their workshop
Here are some more pics
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87 White Euro 500SEC "ECE" 195kw
88 Black Euro 560SEC 220kw
89 Midnight Blue Euro 560SEL hydro 220kw AMG Kitted
http://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/sets/72157632548663623/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/albums/72157668572599252

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Post by kimrh » Fri 11 May, 2018 11:31 pm

Well that is weird? i uploaded about 6 pics all given the green tick and all show up fine in the preview - then submit and only 1 pic appears?
This website has definitely got issues since the upgrade of the platform
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88 Black Euro 560SEC 220kw
89 Midnight Blue Euro 560SEL hydro 220kw AMG Kitted
http://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/sets/72157632548663623/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/albums/72157668572599252

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Post by kimrh » Fri 11 May, 2018 11:35 pm

Try again
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87 White Euro 500SEC "ECE" 195kw
88 Black Euro 560SEC 220kw
89 Midnight Blue Euro 560SEL hydro 220kw AMG Kitted
http://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/sets/72157632548663623/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/albums/72157668572599252

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Post by KimB » Sat 12 May, 2018 11:32 am

Thanks for the info Kim!

What color is it? Signal red? Does the car still exist today?
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Post by kimrh » Sun 13 May, 2018 11:02 am

The photo above was taken in Melbourne in 1985, the guy on the left is Gary Barker who owned Car Shine, the guy on the right is none other than the legendary "Hans Aufrecht", one of the three founders of AMG! and the letter A in AMG

Car Shine became an agent for AMG, and Hans paid a visit
Car Shine were the first business in Australia authorised by AMG to do the conversions (probably the only as there were and still are very few AMG widebody versions in Australia and most of the handful that still exist today are locked away in collectors garages were imported)

Hans also came over to also see the special panel glue Car Shine were trying out as opposed to rivets, to attach many of the AMG body parts (bumper skirts etc). They were doubtful but and after witnessing it, started using it back in Germany. (Probably a 3M product)

That 1983 burnt orange 380SEC converted to a widebody in 1985 was the only SEC we got in Australia until the 560SEC was released and i assume we did not see any 560SEC's on our shores until 1986

Ray Trowthe sold the WB around 1987 and replaced it with a Porsche 928S4 we are led to believe.
One local who was so used to seeing the stunning SEC parked out front of the Real Estate Office every Friday (imagine seeing that wild coupe in the flesh back in 1985) could not believe that he sold the wild looking SEC and replaced it with a boring Porsche!! he was devastated it was gone

The coupe was never seen since?
So maybe it got traded in to the Porsche stealership it was on-sold to a local or overseas collector - sadly nobody knows what happened to it?

One thing is for sure it would have been an very expensive car for anybody to buy back then in 1987, so it would have had gone into the hands of a wealthy buyer.

Is Ray Trowthe still alive today? Anybody know of him over on the east coast.
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89 Midnight Blue Euro 560SEL hydro 220kw AMG Kitted
http://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/sets/72157632548663623/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/albums/72157668572599252

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Post by KimB » Sun 13 May, 2018 12:59 pm

Great info Kim! I didn't know much about AMG in Australia, but I know more now.

So my question is, do you have statues of Hans and his two AMG mates, alongside a statue of Bruno Sacco in your front yard Kim? Maybe something like below with his 560SEC!


Meanwhile, here's a nice speech by the great man himself, when he was inducted into the Hall of Automotive Fame in the US:

https://youtu.be/uAYfKvkCcmc

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Post by KimB » Fri 01 Jun, 2018 6:33 pm

Here's a nice video from Texas of one guy's restoration of his 1991 560SEC coupe.

He makes an interesting point towards the end of the vid on using a smaller battery as a weight saver, but still giving him enough "crank" to turnover this great looking beast!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxmffOryUUM

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Post by kimrh » Mon 11 Jun, 2018 12:12 am

I see over in USA the Late Henry Sterne's 1991 AMG 560SEC (stock engine - just wheels,springs, bodykit version) with low 32,250 miles on BAT Auctions (Bring a Trailer) got sold in the bidding for USD$55,000 (AUD$72,000)
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1991- ... -560sec-15

Henry was a nice young guy and real car enthusiast but he sadly died 2yrs ago when he crashed his soft Top Honda sports car on failing to take a bend on a wooded back road and rolled it.
(If he had been in a hard top car like a solid W126 he most likely would have survived but those soft top sports cars are lethal when they roll exposing you head and upper body to serious injury)

Here is a tribute video to Henry and his 560SEC which was really well done. He died on his way to a cars and coffee morning meet which he loved to attend - usually in his 560 coupe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrxSZ_j-eSk

That is a pretty good price for 560SEC with a body-kit and AMG Aero Wheels and bog stock US version engine.
87 White Euro 500SEC "ECE" 195kw
88 Black Euro 560SEC 220kw
89 Midnight Blue Euro 560SEL hydro 220kw AMG Kitted
http://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/sets/72157632548663623/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/albums/72157668572599252

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Post by kimrh » Mon 11 Jun, 2018 12:24 am

Another friend based in USA has his 1985 white Gen1 AMG up for auction on Ebay at present

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1985-Mercedes- ... 0290.m3507

Bidding is up at USD$24k
He owns a few W126 cars including a nice Gen2 560SEC supercharged
The white coupe up for auction he fully re-furbished it as he is a car detailer by profession and very fussy with his work so everything would be spot on
Interesting to see what this one goes for?
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88 Black Euro 560SEC 220kw
89 Midnight Blue Euro 560SEL hydro 220kw AMG Kitted
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/krh2013/albums/72157668572599252

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Post by KimB » Mon 11 Jun, 2018 12:35 pm

That's a sad story Kim.

The two coupes for sale/sold are indeed nice examples of the Marque. Thanks for posting!
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Post by KimB » Sun 17 Jun, 2018 4:54 pm

Well this is interesting.....................a possible hairdresser's car? :laughing6:

http://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1986-m ... ustom-ice/

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