Last week I took a look at a 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 and the reaction was well, mixed. I totally agree that it is a nine year-old S-Class and maybe the asking price was a little high at $30,000. It probably has another $5,000 to $10,000 to go in deprecation before the bottom, so it wasn’t like you’ll be even money on it when it comes times to sell. Just for curiosity’s sake, I wanted to see what other S-Class you could snag for $30,000. Hello W222.
As I get older, the less and less I want to deal with cars that aren’t comfortable. I adore my 1983 240D with nearly 300,000 miles on it, but when its 22 degrees out and I’m de-icing locks, barely getting any heat out of the vents, and woefully accelerating, I’m not all that happy. Every time I’m in this situation, I yearn for a car I get in, turn on, and drive away in total comfort. Not necessarily a soulless appliance, but a car that satisfies my inner needs for a machine that is “special.” What car could do that job exceptionally well? The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, of course. But not just any S-Class. An S-Class with a designo interior just to be extra “special.”
You are probably wondering why I am featuring a relatively new Mercedes-Benz S-Class that is quite common and outside of being really packed with tech, isn’t all that interesting once you’ve been around it for some time. Well, this 2015 S550 4Matic up for sale in New Jersey combines my two favorite things when it comes to German cars: massive depreciation and high miles. Granted, this car doesn’t have particularly high miles at 111,739, but you do the math at the car being roughly three years-old, you can see that thing car has been on the road a lot. When it comes to the depreciation on this car, the numbers get even better.
Something I wonder is how certain ideas go from the drawing board to actually make it into production. Today’s car is one of those ideas. This is a 2016 SL550 Mille Miglia 417 edition. It was thought up to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Mille Miglia that the W198 300SL competed in. The “417” comes from the original race number of 417 – itself derived from John Fitch’s 4:17 a.m. starting position in the legendary Italian race. In my view, that’s a little random to attach to the name of a car, but I guess I get where they are coming from. What I don’t get is everything else about the SL ‘Special Edition’.
Model: SL550 Mille Miglia 417
Engine: 4.7 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 34 mi
Price: $99,970 Buy It Now
This 2016 Mercedes SL550 is the special Mille Miglia Edition and comes exclusively in Matte Black. It’s 4.7L Biturbo V8 produces 449 HP. Here is a list of standard options on this exclusive car:
-Active lane keeping assist
-Active blind spot assist
-Distronic cruise control
-Red seat belts
-Illuminated door sills
-Black AMG wheels
-Black nappa leather
-Airscarf ventilated headrests
-Multicontour seats with massage
-Magic vision control
-harman/kardon surround sound
It is listed as a used vehicle but will come with full 4 year/50,000 mile manufacturers warranty.
Please contact Erik Swenson at 701-356-8668 with any questions.
Mercedes-Benz has done special editions before with the SL so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that they’d go to that well again. But that doesn’t mean you go the well full of raw sewage. It’s as if Mercedes tried to make this car as offensive and unattractive as possible, and I see no links to the legendary 300SL which this is supposedly an homage to. Matte black paint, red accents everywhere, thin multi-spoke wheels and perhaps the worst thing of all, it has embroidered headrests. Just to go one step further, the majority of the interior trim is what Mercedes calls “sporty embossed carbon structure”. To me, that translates to “not real carbon fiber” – never mind that carbon was just an element in 1955 when the 300SL raced. This is everything you don’t do to a car. Mercedes-Benz knows that their typical buyer for a new SL doesn’t have a taste for things like these yet they gambled on making a few hundred of them and surprise, this 2016 is still for sale as a new car. I don’t know if they were hoping to catch the eye of those older guys who still wear Ed Hardy jeans and those crazy pattern shirts with the giant cuffs, but they sure tried their hardest.
So what does this abomination cost? A cool $99,970. The good part is that is nearly $25,000 off the original sticker price. The bad news is that this car is still $100,000 and already a well over a year old because no one wants to buy it. My guess is that it stay unsold for a little while longer.