In my opinion, the W140 coupe didn’t age particularity well. That isn’t a huge knock on it because not a lot of cars from the early to mid-90s did age all that well. I think in some angels the C140 looks very handsome, not very offensive. But from other views, mainly the front profile like you see in the photo above, it all looks very odd to me. I totally get why I think it looks this way, you have massive flared fenders up from and a giant rear quarter panel in the back. This is all very good except for the fact that the 16 inch wheels don’t fill out these spaces. The car looks almost top-heavy to me. This of course can be fixed with a proper set of wheels and some suspension modifications. (I still regret not buying that car.) Then again, the main reason you bought this massive coupe is to relax, not worry about bending a $2000 wheel on a minor pothole. You can see the how much I think about this stuff.
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 76,500 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction
· Mileage: 76,500 Color: White over gray exterior/Grey leather interior Owners: 5 Clean title and Carfax
· W140 series (last of the “because they could” big cars built by MB). Classic design coupe; rare, less than 15,000 total production from 1992 – 1998. Car spent the first 18 years in California and Florida.
· Legendary 5 liter M119 V8 engine (last engine to win overall at Le Mans for MB): 315 hp at 5600 rpm and 347 ft/lbs of torque at 3900 rpm. 4-speed automatic transmission/no shift problems.
· California/Florida car.
In many ways, modern executive sedans – especially the top-tier fully loaded examples fit for the Wall Street elite – have become appliances. They ooze of technology, features and exclusivity but to me the designs have all become too similar. On the surface I can tell the difference between the S-Class, the 7-series and the A8, but they’re really birds of a feather with few distinctive differences. In many ways, leveling the playing field between the big three has resulted in a homogeneous market place full of leisure suit wearing, rhinestone-studded Elvis impersonators. Some may be slightly better looking than others, and some may do a great job. But like a Vegas show that’s run its course, would you really want to own one out of the service warranty when the budget conscious construction, mega complicated electrical systems, suspension and drive train items start breaking? ‘Thank you very much!’, but I’d prefer to look to history for a lesson on how to do it right.
I remember well when the W140 Mercedes-Benz launched. It was a big deal back then, because as they have always the S-Class models represented the absolute best engineering available. The W140 externally was an evolution of the W124 design more than an update of the W126 in my eyes, though the visual similarities were no surprise as Bruno Sacco was at the pen of all three. While the design wasn’t revolutionary, it did bring Mercedes into the current trend and in its own way is handsome. The W140 also pioneered many electronic systems into the large executive market, including cutting edge ABS and Anti-Slip technology, Xenon headlights and near silent interiors thanks to glazed windows. While Mercedes-Benz continued to offer a large coupe version of the platform, unlike the previous generation the C140 featured a completely revised body that made the large 2-door imposing and impressive.…
The 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL500 we featured back in March is back on offer, this time with a $1,000 price reduction.
The below post originally appeared on our site March 6, 2015:
It’s pretty amazing when generations of cars come together in value; right now, there are 4 generations of Mercedes-Benz S-class models that all seem to hit market for around the same amount. From the beginnings of the “Sonder” Class Mercedes with the W116 through the W220 cars that are only just over a generation old, there’s a tremendous amount of luxury available in these super sedans and coupes. So what would be your choice? We’ll go by age this time, starting with the W116:
Following on to the low mileage 560SEC we featured a short time ago, here is the car’s successor, the C140 CL class. Introduced in 1992 as the 500SEC, the car underwent a mild facelift in 1994 and was renamed the S500 coupe to adhere to Mercedes’ new nomenclature. In 1997, the final evolution in this S class coupe’s life was seen, as it was now called the CL500. Essentially the same car that preceded it, this large two door featured Mercedes-Benz’s venerable M119 5.0 liter V8. Less complex than the V12 version, it was praised for offering more reliability and better handling balance. These coupes were just advanced as their sedan counterparts, with everything from park distance control to double pane window glass. This example for sale outside of Philadelphia has done 77,000 miles and looks to be in good condition, albeit with signs of wear consistent with its age and mileage.
At almost 17 feet long, this is one big imposing brute. But I love it for that reason. It’s true that this could be a potential nightmare in terms of electrics, but with the V8 engine, the running costs would be less than its rarer V12 counterpart. I’d say if one could obtain this car for a bit under $10,000, it would be well bought. It looks as if the front and rear bumpers could use a bit of touch up, but with a little bit of attention and a reasonable mechanic at your disposal, this could be an enjoyable personal luxury vehicle for not a lot of cash.