Classic Mercedes 500 SEC AMG is Everything We Love About the ’80s

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All-white accents on this 500 SEC make it seem like it’s straight from an episode of Miami Vice.

Mercedes trend of big luxury couples could arguably have reached a peak with the 500 SEC. Sporting a profile that specifically excluded a B-pillar, it became an exciting shape, and one that defined an era. For the SEC, “500” denoted a 5.0 liter V8 engine with a potent 230 horsepower. As the ultimate luxury cruiser, that V8 was matched to an automatic transmission. But one company felt this car could use a little more excitement, and they went by the name of AMG.

Of course, this is pre-merger AMG, so some of the things on this car – like power numbers – aren’t as wild as we currently expect. But from the subject of looks, AMG hit this one out of the park. AMG body panels are used on the outside, with a front air dam, front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and rear spoiler. Open up one of the frameless doors, and you’re greeted with an interesting interior.


Red may have its own uniqueness, however, being that it is cloth is an all together rare sight. Red extends from the carpet all the way up past the A-pillar to the headliner, and it matched with a burl wood center console where you’ll find the ubiquitous car phone. AMG’s 4-spoke steering wheel completes the interior, adding a sense of occasion with those three letters staring back at you every time you get in the car.


Formerly, the 500 SEC coupe was the car to have for celebrities and business moguls but to us, it seems Mercedes has forgotten about this rich heritage. While the S-class coupe is incredible in its own regard, other models seem to be getting all the attention. Some models like the GLE63 AMG Coupe seem to be getting too much attention. And, they aren’t even actually coupes. But we digress.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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