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The Mercedes-Benz W126 is a series of S-Class automobiles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz between 1979 and 1992. Premiering in September 1979 as the successor to the W116 line, the W126 was the second generation to officially bear that prestigious designation, an abbreviation for the German Sonderklasse or “special class.” It introduced many Mercedes-Benz safety innovations, including the first seatbelt pretensioners.
A 2-door C126 coupé model, designated as “SEC”, was introduced in September 1981, ending the 9-year gap with W108/W109 coupé/cabriolet last produced in 1972. This coupé reverted to basing on S-Class sedan with standard wheelbase rather than stretched R107 model. No cabriolet version was offered for C126. Only V8 engines were fitted to C126 model during its entire model run.
The W126’s twelve-year production run between 1979 and 1991 was the longest of any S-Class generation since that designation began to be used by the company in the 1970s, an homage to the first “S” designated top-class models, the mid-1950s 300 S and 300 Sc.