Up for sale in our Tampa showroom is this beautiful 1983 Mercedes Benz 380 SEC. These 2 door hardtop Sport Coupes are cool for a variety of reasons. Big options list, V8 power, luxury and comfort like a big 4 door car, and a cool 2 door sporty styling all add to the 380 SEC appeal. The V8 engine 234 cuib inch V8 engine puts down 194 horsepower and 218 lb-ft of torque which is plenty to get this car moving. The V8 engine is backed by a smooth shifting 4 speed automatic transmission which makes this a great driving experience. 11,267 of these cars were built in a 4 year span making them rare enough to be desirable and stand out from the crowd. This Mercedes has the original engine and tranmission and a clean CarFax showing service records and documented mileage. Mercedes-Benz Coupes have always embodied elegance in motion. The S-Class based coupes are the choicest examples of these highly desirable vehicles. When introduced, the 126 based two-door was not seen so much as a car, but as an extension of a lifestyle that was often characterized by beauty and elegance. The SEC Coupes, internally known as the C 126 series, were introduced by Mercedes-Benz at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September of 1981. They were a big departure from the previous SL based coupes; the SLC. The SEC was based on the 126 series S-Class sedan, but with a frame and floor assembly that had been shortened by 85 millimeters. Even with the reduction in length, the SECs were luxury tourers fully capable of seating four adults. Their design rendered them unmistakable as anything other than a Mercedes-Benz. At the time, Bruno Sacco was the Head of Design. With the SEC, his team produced a vehicle with perfect lines that seamlessly integrated into the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range. One major styling point was the grill. The horizontal radiator grill, with a large central star, had been a feature of the large Mercedes-Benz coupes since the 1950s. The star was also used on the SEC. Unlike some garish trinkets of the aftermarket world, the star fit the SEC as a natural adornment. The stylish looks of the SEC were coupled with technically advanced designs, exclusive equipment, powerful engines and cutting edge safety equipment. The chassis is one example of its advanced design. The sophisticated S-Class chassis is renowned for unparalleled ride quality. Aside from a few minor details, the SEC chassis is identical to that of its S-Class sibling. The double wishbone front suspension and patented multilink rear keep the car firmly planted while absorbing road irregularities. The resulting ride quality is outstanding. As was the case in the 126 based S-Class, the interior of the SEC was ergonomically designed and made with the finest materials available. This combination of ride quality and luxury appointments, allows SEC occupants to feel as refreshed after a long journey as they do after short trips. The SEC was state-of-the-art in terms of safety technology. Its pillarless coupe design required additional strengthening over its S-Class sibling. To compensate for the missing B-pillars, the roof frame was improved and the A-pillars were fortified with welded in, high strength tubing. The rest of the body was designed in line with the latest safety research findings, and the front passengers were protected by something new; airbags. The 126 series was the first German car offered with a driver's side airbag and belt tensioners. On the early models, a driver's side airbag and a passenger side belt tensioner were both optional. A front passenger airbag was made available as part of the 1985 upgrade. In addition to these interior features, additional safety features such as the automatic locking differential (ASD) and skid control (ASR) ensured optimum power transmission on all surfaces. The SEC line was available exclusively with eight-cylinder engines. Located in our Tampa Showroom, this 380 SEC can be seen in greated detail including HD pictures and videos at www.GatewayClassicCars.com. For immediate assistance please call 813-645-6200 or email Tampa@GatewayClassicCars.com.