Even though the 'S' designation had been used
since the early 1950s, Mercedes decided to link
the name 'Sonderklasse' or 'Special Class' to their
The first vehicle to receive this designation was
the W116 which was introduced in 1972.
The next incarnation of the special class flagship
was the 126 version introduced in 1979. More
commonly referred to as the W126.
Often referred to as 'The best car in the world'; it
remains the most successful 'S' generation
Mercedes of all time with a run of 12 years and a
production total of 892,126 units.
The fact that there remains over a quarter of a
million units still on the road is a testament to their
design and build quality.
Published by 'The Crowood Press'
the book contains over 220 pages
and 330 images.
• Production history
• Choosing and buying a 126 S-Class
• Getting to know and living with a 126 S-Class
• Known weaknesses and foibles
• Routine servicing
• How to look after it
• Specifications and part numbers
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