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1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

We’ve come a long way in the past 30 years when it comes to cars. Arguably the best car in the world at the time, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, offered everything in terms of quality and functionality – but you had to pay dearly for it. Now almost 30 years later, you get all that plus a host of autonomous-like driving features in a basic family sedan. Such is the march of time and progress, but we still like to take a look at the cars that created the trend – and this W140 is the perfect candidate.

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Year: 1993
Model: 300SE
VIN: WDBGA32E1PA125176
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 19,540 mi
Location: Fenton, Missouri
Price: Reserve Auction

“Made in Mercedes’ Stuttgart, Germany factory in February 1993, it was shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to Baltimore, Maryland then on to a Chicago, Illinois vehicle prep center. It was dealer traded from Laurel Motors, Inc. in Westmont, Illinois to Boulevard Motors in St. Louis, Missouri. It left the factory with the following options – sunroof, acceleration slip regulation (ASR) and heated front seats. The car was originally purchased on September 22, 1993, and is one of 3,393 examples exported to the US in 1993. Finished in Black (code DB040), the car’s paint and trim are in overall excellent original order. The body is straight and bank vault solid, and the body-colored bumpers fit tightly to the body. Inside, the mostly black interior with gray trim is elegant, understated and matches well with the exterior. The black leather front buckets and rear bench are in excellent order, as is the matching carpet & tons more!”

This is a near time capsule outside of the customary scuff on the front bumper, even down to the shine on the Zebrano wood trim. It is interesting that despite being the lowly 300SE, this one carried a hefty price tag of $75,550. Just to do the math, that is nearly $143,000 with inflation. Just to put that into perspective, a 2022 S500 starts at $110,000. So the whole hysteria of “Cars are so expensive now days!” goes right out the window, at least when talking about the luxury cars.

Where this one ends will be a treat to see. It has just a little under 20,000 miles, but again, it is a lowly 300SE. My guess is somewhere in the mid-teens is fair but it wouldn’t shock me to see it get near $20,000. I can’t wait to find out.

– Andrew


  1. Sean Kelly
    Sean Kelly September 9, 2021

    In 1993 that had to be an interesting experience, go to the M-B dealer ad look at a 6 cylinder S class that cost $75k, then go to the Lexus dealer and look at a LS that cost $50k.
    Though today the thought of having this lovely SE is way more attractive than having an old LS

  2. Longwolf
    Longwolf September 10, 2021

    Never liked these, the design was just so uninspired, bloated, boring, all for a massive premium with a small engine. The market was there for Lexus’s taking.

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