Mercedes S-Class: I Am Your Father
The biggest Benz of all started out less like a saloon, more like a big red bus…
Posted: 21 Mar 2013
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W126)
1979 was the year Mercedes decided to ditch the shiny bumpers and install deformable plastic ones. For chrome bumper fetishists, these were dark times indeed; the dawn of the apocalypse, even. But for the wealthy elite who bought the W126 S-Class, it meant being able to ding inferior peasant cars and not have to replace the Merc's chin.
Elsewhere on the new S, you got airbags, lighter all-alloy V8 engines, a bodyshell with a ‘forked' longitudinal member to meet the offset crash requirements (it was the first car to do so) and acceleration slip regulation as an option on the V8 models.