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1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL [W126]

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL [W126] in The Great Outdoors, Movie, 1988 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE — Made for: USA

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL [W126]

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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G-MANN UK

2006-04-09 18:14

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-- Last edit: 2009-08-12 23:14:26

Adrian US

2006-04-10 20:41

It can't be a 500SEL. The US 500SEL had inset headlights, unlike these later US-spec flush lens type. This is a `86-`88 SEL for sure. Which exact model? I seem to recall it being a 420SEL. I doubt it's a diesel since I didn't see any smoke or clattering sounds (like most older diesels) - so I'd say it's a 300SEL, 420SEL or 560SEL. Let's go with a 420SEL (since that was the most common in the states).

fintail CA

2006-08-08 05:02

I think I recall it being a 560 SEL.

500SEL in W126 form was only sold in the US through 85, and this is a 86+ model, so it can't be a 500.

-- Last edit: 2006-08-08 05:03:22

G-MANN UK

2007-08-15 22:04

I love the entrance of this car (and the character driving it). As Chet Ripley (John Candy) and his family arrive at the holiday cabin in the forest (in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer also listed for this film), we see clips of a shiny new (in 1988) Mercedes S-Class speeding along the country roads towards the forest, accompanied by jazzy saxophone music. Then it pulls up in front of the cabin, the vanity plate ROMAN 1 fills the screen and out steps Chet's brash yuppie brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) who has come, uninvited, to join them on their vacation, with his wife (Annette Bening in an early film role) and his two weird twin daughters.

During an arguement later on in the film between the two men, Roman declares "I'm the one with the Mercedes!" "Is it paid for?" retorts Chet. It is later revealed that in fact it isn't (or rather Roman is broke).

-- Last edit: 2011-03-22 22:06:03

fleetwood75

2010-07-11 22:10

My Mom had a white 1987 560 SEL that she bought in '89 shortly after we'd bought this film on VHS & I remember I used to drive it up & down our lane pretending I was Dan Aykroyd, I'd have my Ray-Ban Aviator shades on as well as Sade's (Sharday's) "Smooth Operator" in the cassette deck & I'd drive along twiddling my thumbs on the steering wheel like Dan Aykroyd, My Mom also had an early Motorola anolog "Brick" cell phones like Dan Aykroyd had also.

fleetwood75

2010-07-11 22:12

"Wow!!!" Chet's gonna shit a solid gold brick when he sees us, What a surprise!!!"

ath20wj US

2010-07-26 22:53

G-MANN wrote I love the entrance of this car (and the character driving it). As Chet Ripley (John Candy) and his family arrive at the holiday cabin in the forest (in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer also listed for this film), we see clips of a shiny new (in 1988) Mercedes S-Class speeding along the country roads towards the forest, accompanied by jazzy saxophone music. Then it pulls up in front of the cabin, the vanity plate ROMAN 1 fills the screen and out steps Chet's brash yuppie brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) who has come, uninvited, to join them on their vacation, with his wife (Annette Bening in an early film role) and his two weird twin daughters.

During an arguement later on in the film between the two men, Roman declares "I'm the one with the Mercedes!" "Is it paid for?" retorts Chet. It is later revealed that in fact it isn't (or at least Roman can't actually afford that car).


I like when people explain to me how the car is related to the movie :)

G-MANN UK

2011-03-22 22:08

I've never understood what the idea is behind these headlights that US market Mercedes from this era have (the plastic overlays with square holes). Can someone explain?

-- Last edit: 2011-03-22 22:11:30

gwest111 US

2013-08-28 03:21

Great movie! After watching this as a child I named our Shih Tzu puppy Roman. :)

moviecarkevin US

2014-10-29 02:18

it's a 500 sel. Not a 560. the trunk lid is clearly visible in some scenes.

moviecarkevin US

2014-10-29 02:26

G-MANN wrote I've never understood what the idea is behind these headlights that US market Mercedes from this era have (the plastic overlays with square holes). Can someone explain?


I'm not understanding your question. 1986 they did go to composite headlights, but still look like sealed beam models. The euro spec lights are much more preferred by everyone.

Sandie SX

2014-10-29 02:29

It's either a 1986+ model with a fake 500 badge or a 1985 or earlier 500 SEL with changed lights and rims then...

rjluna2 US

2014-10-29 02:36

G-MANN wrote I've never understood what the idea is behind these headlights that US market Mercedes from this era have (the plastic overlays with square holes). Can someone explain?

I think this composite headlight is part of the headlight assembly that is part of the parking/turn signal lights. I guess they wanted to flush with the assembly to cheat the wind coefficent :think: See at the second generation Ford Explorer headlight assembly.

G-MANN UK

2016-12-14 01:01

Saw this the other night on ITV4 in HD. The boot lid badge is seen at the end of the film, it's 560SEL, 100% certain. Moviecarkevin was wrong.

chicomarx BE

2016-12-14 03:26

G-MANN wrote Moviecarkevin was wrong.

The legend crumbles.

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