Lord Vader comments aside, this is a seriously mean looking Mercedes-Benz. Owned by designer Kahren Arakelyan, this 560 SEC has been breathed upon by AMG, and has had its 5.6-liter V8 bored out to a nice, even 6.0 liters (which we suppose should make it a 600 SEC AMG). The AMG treatment has turned this old SEC into a quick, menacing beast.

The video, by Electric Federal, provides a different look at the predecessor to today's CL-Class, and what it means to Arakelyan, an Armenian that discusses growing up in his homeland, surrounded by Ladas until his dad came home in a legendary Mercedes sedan - the 450SEL 6.9. The "over-engineered" Benz was like nothing the young man had ever seen before.

Arakelyan's passion for Mercedes was born from that experience, and came with him when he arrived in the United States. In the video, he gives a pretty thorough walk-through of his SEC, while fans of engine noise can listen to the intermittent bursts from the 6.0-liter AMG V8. Scroll down for the full video.


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      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way back in the day, my father had a '87 560 SEC in white. It didn't have the full AMG kit, but it had the AMG wheels. It is still to this day one of his favorite cars he's ever owned. This thing is beautiful, if he's gone a bit overboard with it.
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yummy... I want one.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm simply speechless...
      serrealx45
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me, or does this dude seem like he traffics young teenage Russian girls in the trunk of this car afterhours? Sweet, classic AMG nonetheless.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not period gangsta. 4-eva gansta. Timeless. One of my all very favorite cars from any generation.
      eye.surgeon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad he ruined the car with those wheels and a suspension drop. It was a classic.
        Indubitably
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        It's HIS car.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        too bad you don't use your own services Mr Eye Sturgeon. It looks amazing. Do you have the hands of a sturgeon too?
        Alex Ellsworth
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        You do know those wheels are original, right? That's what a full-on AMG-spec SEC of the time looked like. The only thing I can find which is probably not original are the clear front indicator lenses. I don't believe they had those back then, but I believe the blackout back lenses are original.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        If you really thought it looked better up on stilts and those boring 15" bottle caps the regular SECs came on, I just don't think there's hope for you.
          eye.surgeon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @domingorobusto
          Hence the tragedy of classic cars becoming cheap enough for the masses. They get molested with ridiculous boy-racer mods by guys that think like you. Which explains every old 7 series and Range Rover with 24s in the ghetto.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @domingorobusto
          Oh god, you're one of those people. The boring old men who worry about original paint codes and serial numbers of OEM parts and never take a peek outside of their rigidly defined little box. Who cares about originality? What you call molesting is what I call improvement. Ever driven a W126? They wallow around on their way too soft, way too tall springs like a boat. They seriously handle like a barge. And all it takes to fix that is a little less ride height and a little more spring rate. And the stock brakes on the W126 are terrifying. They might have been acceptable, even decent, when they debuted in 1979. But you just can't fit enough brake under a 15" wheel to stop a nearly 4000 lb car repeatably. And tires. You may find the looks of a 70 series tire acceptable on a performance car, but I sure as hell don't. I wouldn't have gone with the AMG monoblocks, but they look a damn sight better than the factory wheels. And it's not like this guy went crazy with the mods. He's got some period correct 18" AMG wheels on it, an AMG body kit, and probably AMG lowering springs. It's not like he put it on hydraulics and 22s and painted it metal flake green. He made some very nice and subtle modifications, all of which improve the car greatly. Why limit yourself to the state of the art of 30 years ago? Why not make the car better using the knowledge gained from decades of advancement? And it's not like this is a particularly rare car. The 560 SECs are a little harder to find than your average 126, but there were still about 30,000 of them made. Why worry about a car that's that common? It's not like he's chopping up an original 300SL, he's just made some well considered and completely reversible mods to a reasonably common car.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only grandpa complains about a drop and aftermarket wheels.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      The clear lights are always good, but the drop and the black-out accents are not really in the taste of the original car.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      They don't make em like they used too
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      as cool as this is in black- it was even better if you saw it in all white.
      kipswork
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate to be the hating troll, but the 88 300SEL was the 2nd worst piece of crap car I've ever owned. There's nothing over-engineered about it, just POORLY engineered. The worst car I've ever owned was a 77 Benz 240d. Least reliable car ever. Benz is the best example of people thinking its good because its expensive. It's not. Look with fresh eyes. The car in this video cost well over 50k when new. About 200k today. Would you pay it? Me neither.
        thescientist4590
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        if you think your old Mercedes-Benz's were the worst cars you've ever owned, you're either mentally retarded or have no idea what constitutes a "good car," or simply had a straight run of bad luck owning poorly maintained examples. Sorry but not sorry for being honest because there's a whole world of auto enthusiasts out there who know where to give respect where respect is due, and MBZ of yonder years deserves the respect of every enthusiast out there because of what they were able to accomplish and how they managed things in their glory years.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        I had (until some snot of a girl and her lying Mom into it & totaled it:Jersey a 300ce albeit for a short period of time. It really did have a built from granite feel and I had no ton lens in my short tenure.
        Jonathan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        I have a 1987 260E, and the only issue it has right now, is the power steering. *knocks on wood* Sorry you didn't know how to properly care for a Mercedes. Please don't buy anymore.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a sloppy piece of driving, but props to the owner for enjoying that evil Benz like he stole it. Such a sexy car!
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