Lot 49
1983 Mercedes-Benz 1000 SEC 'Gullwing' Coupe

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CHASSIS NO: WDB1260441A015233

• Customized “Styling Garage Special” offers top-of-the-line extravagance
• Less than 13,000 miles on the odometer
• 1 of just 57 cars built
• Perfect combination of performance and luxury
• Gloss black paint, gold plated emblems, premium Mac audio sound systems


5.0-litre V-8 engine, 288 HP, four-speed automatic transmission, custom Gullwing doors, reinforced steel chassis


Commonly known as SGS, Styling Garage was the creation of Chris Hahn, a German coachbuilder and entrepreneur who operated out of the Hamburg region from 1979 to 1986. SGS was well-known for extravagant and luxurious design work, most of which was centered around the Mercedes-Benz W126. Modifying the W126 chassis with “Gullwing” door conversions, a feature reminiscent of the 300SL, was quite an extravagant operation even by modern terms. Further refinements, including the addition of premium Mac audio/Clarion sound systems and gold plating on several interior and exterior features, gained these cars a very hefty price tag. While more than half of the 1000 SEC models were sold here in the Middle East, other buyers included high-level businessmen from Japan, and African political elites. Several American impresarios were also fond of these cars including famous actor Eddie Murphy who was an early on purchaser of a 1000 SEC.

Undoubtedly, the most fascinating aspect of this SEC is the perfectly fitted Gullwing style doors. This was indeed the most challenging modification undertaken by the engineers at SGS, as it involved cutting away many parts of the original roof. In addition to installing steel beams inside the doorsills, the remaining structure of the roof had to also be strengthened to avoid bending and crimping at stress points. This arduous task cost around $40,000 in 1985, not including the price of the car itself as well as all the extra bells and whistles.

This 1000 SEC, with just 12,754 miles on the odometer, may be the lowest mileage example in existence today, a fact that has been confirmed by none other than Chris Hahn himself. Finished in a splendid high definition gloss black, this car shines similar to new after years of storage and a fresh detail. The light tan leather interior is in a similarly outstanding condition, showing no rips, tears, or abrasions. With a smooth-running V-8 and a wide array of options including power windows, power mirrors, power steering, and power brakes, this 1000 SEC’s only need is to be enjoyed. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to roll in this truly iconic custom Mercedes-Benz 1000 SEC.