1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

I still get wishy-washy on the Mercedes-Benz W140 Coupe. Sometimes I think it looks great, other times I think it looks very odd. Yes, a lot of that has to do with the wheel and tire combo, but maybe my argument is that it shouldn’t come down to what wheels and tires a car has to determine if it looks good or not. The reason this comes up is because I came across a very interesting 1993 500SEC up for sale in Florida for a couple of reasons. First, it is painted in the very rare Nautical Blue Metallic. Second, it only has 98k miles on the odometer. Lastly, it is relatively cheap. Although that is probably for a reason.

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Year: 1993
Model: 500SEC
VIN: WDBGA70E8PA142163
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 98,000 mi
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Price: Buy It Now $4,900

For sale is a 1993 Mercedes S500 Coupe V8 in classic blue Benz with a grey leather inside and has 98k miles on it.
It comes with all history papers from a day 1st ! Also original hat from the first owner who get it from showroom when he bought the car in 1993.
It is full option car, even the middle mirror is electronic.
It’s in good shape. Hood section is like from factory!

Garage kept.
Original cover
2 keys
AID KIT
Spare tire
Accident free
I have spare front grill, will give you and, also headliner needs to be done.
Clean Title on hand
$500 deposit FIRST !!!

I was all for this car until I saw the condition of the interior. For such a cool exterior color, the beat up interior took all the wind out of my sails. I’m sure you could source some stuff to clean it up, but this one looks like it has some issues. The headliner is noted as needing replaced, the expensive front grill is also busted up, and the SRS light is on. Open the hood, and someone dumped about three bottles of the tacky detail spray over all the plastics that ends up feeling like a two liter of Coke dumped all over your kitchen floor. I’m willing to bet the SLS rear suspension isn’t up to par and a bunch of other various suspension bits are in need of refreshing.

The car is only $4,900, but even at that I’d probably pass. The “projects” like these are becoming less and less appealing to me as I get older, and I’d much rather just pay up front for a clean one to begin with. Surely this one has a little bit of potential and the color is something that I rarely see, but as it sits I think you can probably do better. Hopefully someone can save it.

– Andrew

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5 Comments

  1. These are very interesting CARS and I would agree color sensitive and very wheel/rim sensitive. Seems the darker colors with mono-bloc II work the best. After the 1996 update they build fewer and fewer of them for the US market however they are rather interesting vehicles very well-built and are not worth much.

    I have found some very nice examples with low miles but they have sat for a very long time but they’re not worth much more than a higher mile car that needs refreshing in all areas. This one looks like it’s almost a parts car, but they are robust enough where you could probably use it for quite a while as it is before it fails to proceed.

    The M119 and M120 motors are pretty tough and most of the biodegradable wiring harness cars that are still operating have had that swapped out as the original stuff has long since deteriorated.

    Since they didn’t build many most mechanics are afraid of them and I believe the earlier ones had a lot of electrical gremlins, but the later ones were much better.

    Also interesting that the 500 coupe had many higher grade Interior upgrades as well as all of them having ATS and several other features compared to the sedan where one would have to purchase the 600 to obtain most of these features.

    The 600 coupe I believe is only differentiated interior wise with a few more bits of wood, suede headliner and after the 96 update contrasting leather inserts and a most of them had the rear sunshade.

    They are very difficult to find in general because I think they only made less than 400 per year until 98 for the US market.

  2. Scary. The interior is pretty thrashed for a car with less than 100k. Some other “tells” as far as condition are the amount of dirt around the perimeter of the trunk carpet – what were they hauling in this thing, mulch? Wear on the ACC buttons seems really severe as well.

    I’ve owned one of these models, and with 275k on the clock it looked far better inside.

    Hood paint looks a bit dull, too, so I wonder what a CarFax might reveal? Hood damage? Front end wreck?

    While I would certainly own another, it would be a facelift model. Too many issues with wiring harnesses and failing AC evaporators to deal with on the pre-facelift models, plus you get a much improved ignition system and better transmission.

  3. Back in 1993, the first year of the w140 coupe, the pres of the company I was working for had me source one for him. The pres did a lot of business travels and would leave me the key. Needless to say I got a fair amount of drive time. Back in 1993 this car garnished the same amount of attention that a Huracan does today. Yes, it was a definite chick magnet. Ask me how I know )))

  4. Interesting to see a car with similar mileage as mine in such rough shape.
    Shameless plug I’m selling mine on eBay https://www.ebay.com/itm/133134196791
    its a 1996 and in much better mechanical shape and a dream highway cruiser, I just had a baby so wife is pushing me to get a wagon.

  5. @rob – nice vehicle. I only wish I lived closer.

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