yes, you are so right...
my 1986 560sel has 248,000 miles. immaculately maintained. bulletproof and unbeaten.
my 1987 560sec has 79,000 miles. wonderful car.
if you like big cars that remind you of a lotus, these are the ones.
most citizens of the usa, however, preferred a cushier transporter. that is why lexus jumped into the market so fast and so strong.
then you could acquire the benz alternative, the w140 series.