You long time readers know that I occasionally break the GCFSB mold and throw out an oddity that may strike me as worthy or rare, surprising or crazy. This Mercedes S Class falls into the too odd not to share with someone category.
What we have here is a perfect storm of… well something.
Let’s start with the car from the factory, the W140 S class were great cars, but this is the base U.S. model S320. Maybe the 6 is more fuel efficient than the 8, but you have to work it so much harder to move this heavy sedan around that savings aren’t going to be super. Outside of that there is really not much advantage to purchasing one of these with only the 3.2 liter engine.
Now to the more obvious, the outside has been painted and gold plated to near death. The paint job is peculiar, not so much in color, but the two tone scheme only covers 3/4 of the car, stopping at the C pillar for some odd reason. I think the car would look a little less off if the upper and lower paint scheme was carried through.
Ubiquitous in this type of situation we have upgraded S500 badges and AMG logos added. Surely AMG with their high performance, but rarely overly ostentatious vehicles is pleased to be associated with this. The car does have a ground effects kit, listed as being AMG parts. It has been painted a third color, the same golden yellow that adorns the two rear spoilers. The car comes with a second set of 24k gold plated rims too.
Inside more gold plating and some fairly extensive interior work. The seat and door recovering work is pretty extensive and likely cost a fair amount of change when new. The seller says there is nearly $4,000 in extra burlwood trim alone. The leopard print floor mats complete the package. The aftermarket 51 disc CD changer, which may or may not be just sitting loose in the trunk could be a collectors item some day.
Perhaps what is most surprising about this car, and hurting a potential sale, is its location in New Hampshire. I usually see this type of custom work in the southern portions of the country and sure enough the vehicle history report shows this car originated in Miami. The more subdued car culture of New England certainly must see this car and raise an eyebrow.
The seller breaks one of our cardinal rules of advertising, writing the ad in all CAPS and stretches the truth a bit when saying the 150,000 miles on the engine are just breaking it in. I appreciate the seller is enthusiastic about the car, and I really do try not to criticize people for their tastes, to each their own right, but boy this poor car is going to have a hard time finding a buyer at the ask price, it sits at $15,000 with the reserve not met and no bids. I also don’t feel so bad about it when a read the large decal in the car’s rear window.