Mercedes 560sec Gemballa

Mercedes 560sec Gemballa

The second generation of the S-Class was launched at the 1979 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It was offered with two wheelbases and four engine choices.

The S-Class W126 was a trendsetter of its times. It was the first Mercedes-Benz that featured plastic bumpers integrated into the front and rear apron areas, in a gray color that matched all the other colors for the bodywork. To amplify that new trend, on the sides there were plastic covers on the lower part of the doors and fenders that matched the color and pattern of the bumpers.

On the front, the design concept of its predecessor was enhanced. It kept the shape of the headlights but the turn-signals were different. The rear-view mirrors were no longer chromed but in body color. The long-wheelbase version was longer by 140 mm (5.5”) and it offered more legroom and wider rear doors. The car could have been fitted with driver airbag and ABS.

The interior was even more advanced for those times. The electrically adjustable front seats had the buttons mounted on the door panel, next to the armrest. The driver’s seat also featured two memory positions. The automatic climate control was not a novelty for the automotive market and the S-Class had it.

The W126 was launched with four engine choices and later on, there were more options added. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel version was offered for the U.S. market. The W126 was engineered to be more fuel-efficient and it was also fitted with catalytic converters, to decrease the emission values. It was offered with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

Engine Technical Data


Engine type – Number of cylinders : V 8
Engine Code : 117.968 (220)
Fuel type : Petrol
Fuel System : MPI – Bosch KE-Jetronic
Engine Alignment : Longitudinal
Engine size – Displacement – Engine capacity : 5547 cm3 or 338.5 cu-in
Bore x Stroke : 96.5 x 94.8 mm 3.78 x 3.7 inches
Number of valves : 16 Valves
Aspiration : N/A
Compression Ratio : 10.0
Maximum power – Output – Horsepower : 299 PS or 295 bhp or 220 kW @ 5000 rpm
Maximum torque : 455 Nm or 335 lb.ft @ 3750 rpm
Drive wheels – Traction – Drivetrain : RWD
Transmission Gearbox – Number of speeds :
Num. of Doors : 2
Wheelbase : 284 cm or 111.81 inches
Length : 494 cm or 194.49 inches
Width : 183 cm or 72.05 inches
Height : 141 cm or 55.51 inches
Num. of Seats : 4
Aerodynamic drag coefficient – Cx :
Front Brakes – Disc dimensions : Vented Discs (- mm)
Rear Brakes – Dics dimensions : Discs (- mm)
Front Tyres – Rims dimensions : 215/65 R15
Rear Tyres – Rims dimensions : 215/65 R15
Curb Weight : 1760 kg OR 3880 lbs
Weight-Power Output Ratio : 5.9 kg/hp
Trunk / Boot capacity : 510 L
Front Suspension : Independent. mcpherson. coil springs. anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension : multilink. coil springs. anti-roll ba
Fuel Consumption – Economy – Combined: 13.3 L/100km 21 mpg UK / 18 mpg US
Range : 676 Km or 420 miles
Fuel Tank Capacity : 90 L 19.8 UK gallons 23.8 US gallons
CO2 emissions : 318 g/Km (estimate)
Top Speed : 238 km/h or 148 Mph
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) : 6.9 s