1997 Mercedes-Benz CL500 – REVISIT

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The 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL500 we featured back in March is back on offer, this time with a $1,000 price reduction.

Click for details: 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL500 on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site March 6, 2015:

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When you think of Mercedes-Benzes from the 1990s, a few cars stand out. The dawn of the decade saw the arrival of the new R129 SL. Then we had the 600SEL/S600 which debuted Mercedes’ new 6.0 liter V12 engine. With the introduction of the C-class came a new in-house partnership with AMG, producing performance sedans like the C36 and C43. And of course, who can forget the famous 500E/E500? This Porsche collaboration has legendary status to this day. Amongst all this great machinery, one model gets a bit lost, the S-class/CL coupe. This car was almost a modern throwback to the large luxury coupes American manufactures were known for in the 1960s and 1970s, albeit much better equipped and engineered. When these S-class coupes debuted in 1992, they were panned a bit for their size, consumption and slab-sidedness. A facelift and change in nomenclature tried to hide the bulk, but it was no matter. These cars were still large and in charge. This CL500 for sale in Arizona is approaching 60,000 miles and is a nice throwback to the last days of the over-engineered Mercedes-Benz.

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Year: 1997
Model: CL500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 59,520 mi
Price: $14,995 Buy It Now

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After the enormous success of the Mercedes-Benz W126 S-Class, the company had a big task on their hands of building a car that was even better than the old. The W140 chassis S-Class was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1991 and production starting in May of 1991. The new 5.0 liter DOHC V8 engine produced 322hp and was given the title as, one of the greatest engines ever made. The legendary “Pillarless Coupe” design continued into the new C140 Coupe. The elegant new Coupe’ was introduced in October of 1992 and quickly became one the motoring world’s most elegant and desirable GT cars. The W140 S-Class cars are known as the last “over engineered” Mercedes-Benz to come out of the House of Mercedes. Features such as double-pane window glazing, pneumatic doors and trunk, power windows that recognize objects in the way, parking assist and many others no car offered at the time. The 140 S-Class continued through model year 1999 and was then replaced by the new W220.

European Motor Studio is proud to offer this exceptional 2 owner 1997 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe’ finished in a very rare Ruby Red Metallic over Ash leather interior. This S500 Coupe’ left the Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart production line July of 1996 and invoiced to Mercedes-Benz North America. The car sold new to its first owner on September 16, 1996 by Performance Motors LTD in Falmouth Maine. The car lived in Maine until 1999 when it moved its first owner to Dublin Ohio and would be used to commute back and forth to their home in Napa CA. The car was sold to its second owner in March of 2013 in Southern CA and brought to AZ where it has been since. The Ruby Red Metallic paint is all completely original and in exceptional condition. There are no dents, dings, scratches, damage or rust anywhere on the body of the car (front nose has a few stone chips on the lower hood and the front skirt). The original Mercedes-Benz wheels are in excellent condition and still have a beautiful factory shine to them. The car has never been involved in any kind of accident and comes with a clean and clear Carfax. The interior of this S500 is gorgeous. It shows almost no signs of wear anywhere on the seats, carpet, wood or dash. There is one small hairline crack on the wood console right by the park assist button. All of the electronics work on this car. All of the interior, exterior and dash lights are working as designed, the self-leveling HID headlights are operating as designed, the seat belt arms extend and close as they should, all the windows, mirrors, seats, front and rear headrests, steering wheel, locks, pneumatic doors, truck, power antenna and power sunroof are all operating. The remote keyless entry system is still functioning as designed and the heated seats are warming as they should. The park assist both front and rear is also in working order. The AC blows cold on all of the fan speeds and the heater is blowing hot. The original Mercedes-Benz Becker radio is operating as it should including the CD changer. The engine starts right up and idles superbly. It does not smoke and there are no leaks of any kind. The car has just received a major service including, belts, hoses, fluids, engine mounts, brand new tires, plugs and wires have just been done. The car runs and drives exceptionally well and shifts smoothly through all of the gears. The steering and suspension are nice, tight and precise and free from any issues. The brakes feel excellent and do not give any fade or squeaking. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a very rare and exceptional Mercedes 140 Coupe’. The car is fully documented from brand new and has only been in the care of two owners since new covering only 59,520 miles. These are becoming harder and harder to find in this type of condition.

If you have any further questions of this beautiful 1997 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe’ please do not hesitate to call. 480-310-8814


We saw a 1998 CL600 with similar mileage as this CL500 sell for just over $12,000 at the end of 2013. Prices haven’t really shot up on these C140 coupes that much, so at almost $16,000, we’re looking at a strong price. In all honesty, though, the CL500 is the one I would want. Sure the V12 is nice and its been said everyone should experience some time behind the wheel of a 12 cylinder car at some point in their life, but running costs would be much more reasonable for the V8 version without giving up too much in the power department.


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  1. I never liked the look of this benz coupe, the shape is really weird, especially in this color. I think it looks better in black or silver.

  2. For me the problem was always centered around the headlights. Very blah design. Looks like a cheap Taurus or something. And it seems they are quickly and particularly prone to getting cloudy.

  3. This generation S has grown on me a bit. If everything is sorted and you get a good car you might get great bang for your buck. Seems like the problem is finding that well-kept beast.

    The design of the following generation definitely pales in comparison with these chiseled shapes.

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