Ministerial Transport: 1997 Mercedes-Benz S420 & 1995 Mercedes-Benz S320

As much as world leaders bang on about climate change and conservation, what is it that we typically see in the car park at the G7 Summit? Big black sedans. With security for heads of state of utmost importance, it’s easier to pack in a bunch of armor and defense systems into a car like the Audi A8 of German Chancellor Angela Merkel than it is a Toyota Prius. The consummate state limousine for many nations has always been one car: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The 1990s saw the chains move for this perennial favorite, growing larger in almost every dimension with a new V12 engine on offer and a myriad of electronically assisted accessories. The following two black W140 sedans represent the lower end of what was on offer in the US market, each with low mileage. We’ll start with this 1997 S420 for sale in Texas.

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1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 with 4 place seating option

When production of the Mercedes-Benz 600 finally ended in 1981, there was a void for an über Mercedes sedan that wouldn’t be filled until the reintroduction of the Maybach brand in 2002. The introduction of the W140 S-class ten years earlier, however, went a long way towards giving buyers at the high end something special. Enter the 600SEL, which would be renamed the S600 in 1994, with its 6.0 liter V12 engine. If you wanted to distinguish your top of the line S-class even further, you could opt for the four-place seating package, consisting of fully adjustable rear seats, lumbar support and rear sunshade control. A burlwood center console rounded off the look. This four-seater S600 for sale in New Jersey has traveled just under 64,000 miles and is the perfect tool to go play CEO.

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10K Friday Sonder Edition: 280s v. 300SEL v. 560SEC v. S420 v. S600 Coupe v. S430 v. CL500

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:

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1994 Mercedes-Benz S320


It’s common knowledge that you can get more for your money with a used car than you can new. If you are brave enough to dabble in the art of pre-owned luxury vehicles you can, in fact, get a lot more. So let’s transition from the E320 featured earlier today to this S320 from the same model year, 1994. While it’s not the top of the line S class of its day, this car still cost a pretty penny when new and can now be had for a fraction of its original value. This particular car for sale in California has only 55,000 original miles, leaving a lot of life left for the new owner.

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Clean 1992 Mercedes 600SEL, good $ per cylinder ratio

1992 Mercedes 600SEL4

We love no reserve auctions. Particularly ones that start at under $1,000 for a car that once cost well over $100,000 when new. We’ve reported before about how these big Benzs with V-12s  can be a nightmare in terms of maintenance, but this one looked particularly clean and with no reserve, if the price is right, there may be some $s left over to help with inevitable repairs. I think the W140 probably isn’t as bad as the next generation of V12 Mercedes when it comes to work and cost to own, people just give it a bad rap because of the extra cylinders.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC


Fewer cars summed up the optimism and robust market of the mid to late 1990s than then Mercedes-Benz W140 S class. While it was released on the tail end of an economic downturn and derided for its decadence, this was an impressive car, not only because of its size. Mercedes packed a ton of features and the latest technology into this new S class that, as usual, had the competition scrambling to keep up. A two door SEC model was on offer, both in 5.0 liter V8 and 6.0 liter V12 format. This 1993 500SEC has traveled only 42,000 miles and offers someone the crack at executive comforts at a subcompact price.

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 400SE

Mercedes did this again in the early 1990s with the W140 S class, a technical tour de force that debuted the new 6.0 liter V12 engine and a host of other luxury features such as double glazed windows, sonar parking sensors, power assisted door closing and a heating system that worked after the car was turned off. This was also the first Mercedes-Benz to feature Electronic Stability Control as an option. When it was introduced, it was derided as being too brash and opulent for the times, as the early 1990s brought on an economic downturn. However, with the arrival of its replacement, the W220, people began to lament this car’s passing, as the new car lacked a lot of the substance of the W140. This 400SE short wheelbase for sale in Illinois isn’t the top dog in the W140 range, but with the shorter wheelbase and smaller capacity V8 engine, the running costs will be decidedly cheaper than the more complex, luxurious models in the range.

Year: 1992
Model: 400SE
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 74,037 mi
Price: $8,800 Buy It Now

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IMOTORS proudly presents another fine vehicle from our prestigious collection. Up for sale is this gorgeous 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400SE sedan. This 400SE sedan is in excellent condition inside and out for its year and mileage. It has all the bells and whistles that come standard with this Mercedes-Benz. Below is a list of some of the options this vehicle is equipped with:

Automatic transmission

Low miles, only 74k original miles!

1-owner, elderly owned

Brown on tan leather

Power windows

Power door locks

Power mirrors

Power/heated seats

Rear power shade

AM/FM/cassette stereo

Power moon roof

Cruise control

Keyless entry

Temperature display

Ice cold air conditioning

Dual airbags

Compass display

4.2 liter V8 engine

Alloy wheels

Headlight washers

First aid kit

Wood accents

All books & manuals with 2 sets of keys!

Good tires!

This 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400SE sedan is the true definition of an elegant sedan! It is extremely clean and is hard to find another one like it! Don’t delay & click on buy it now today! Call sales @ 630-904-9300.

And much more…

The condition of this vehicle is consistent with its age and mileage; it is in very nice shape inside and out and is fully detailed and stored in our indoor temperature-sensative facility. Keep in mind that our vehicles are pre-owned and not brand new, and as such they may reflect wear and tear in consistence with age. We try our best to describe the vehicles and their options, but sometimes we may make an error; so if you have any questions or concerns please give us a call to verify any information as far as options or condition of vehicle before placing your bid. We are very forthcoming in this regard because our customers deserve the highest level of quality!

It’s rather amazing that such an expensive car with reasonable miles can be had for well under $10,000 these days. Sure, certain items will prove costly if they break, but with under 75,000 miles on the clock, there’s a lot of life left in this 400SE. You’re getting a lot of car for your money in a case like this, so factoring in a few thousand over the course of the next few years would still prove less than a new car payment in most cases. Also, considering what you’ll be piloting at the end of the day: one of the most advanced executive sedans of its time that still compares favorably to modern motors.


1998 Mercedes-Benz S500

A new S class is set to debut next month. Without a doubt, the upcoming W222 is set to move the executive sedan bar even higher, as each successive S class has done throughout the years. The W140 was perhaps the greatest leap the S class had made to date, and its introduction was not without controversy. Seen as a bit too large and conspicuous when it was introduced on the cusp of a worldwide recession, this S class brought a plethora of high-end features such as double glazed windows, self-closing doors and an available V12 engine. Later, safety features such as Brake Assist (BAS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESP) would be introduced.

The W140 S class is a car that is revered to this day and, with exception of those cars that were given up on due to electrical gremlins, one which you will regularly come across on the street. This late model S500 for sale in Arizona is a one owner vehicle just off of a fresh service.

Year: 1998
Model: S500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 60,940 mi
Price: $13,900 Buy It Now

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class or W140 Sedan was introduced to the public in the Summer of 1991 with rave reviews. The S-Class set the new standard for world class luxury, technology and safety and introduced a brand new 8-Cylinder engine to the line up. An aluminum 5.0 liter DOHC V8 producing 322 horsepower to the rear wheels was all new and so advanced that many articles said it is one of the greatest engines on the market today. The W140 S-Class was produced from 1992-1999, known as the “Big Body S” or “the most over engineered car in the world” was also the safest car money can buy.

This gorgeous very rare Black Opal Metallic over stunning Charcoal leather interior 1998 Mercedes-Benz S500 is a documented 1 owner car bought brand new on September 8th 1997 from Phoenix Motor Company Mercedes-Benz. The car has only covered 60,940 miles from brand new and has lived in Phoenix all of its life. Every single service and maintenance work that the car has needed has always been done by either Phoenix Motor Company or Mercedes-Benz of Chandler from day one. The car is 100% stock original and only Mercedes-Benz genuine parts has ever been on this car. The car has the self leveling HID Xenon headlamps, power sunroof, factory chrome Mercedes stock wheels with brand new tires and brakes, pneumatic closing doors and trunk, power folding mirrors, heated front and rear seats, 14 way power driver and passenger seats with 3 position memory settings. Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 6-disc CD auto changer with Bose premium sound system, dual zone automatic climate control, one touch double pane sided windows, power door locks with two original Mercedes-Benz remotes, Homelink garage door opener with 3 settings, monochromatic auto dimming review mirror and drivers exterior mirror, heated headlight washers, cruise control and power lumbar.

All of the power equipment works as it should, all of the electrical items work, all of the lights work and no dash lights on. The car runs and drives like it just left the factory, it is one of the smoothest running and driving cars I have ever driven. The suspension is perfect and tight, absolutely no rattles or creaks, the steering is precise and tight without any play, wobble, vibration or drift. The car has just had new brakes, new tires, 60K service and an alignment done. This is one of the nicest W140 S-Classes out there. The paint still has a stunning shine to it, (a few small road chips here and there that have been touched up with a correct matching Mercedes-Benz touch up pen) the interior is absolutely stunning without any wear. The leather is near perfect, wood is flawless and all of the chrome plastics and trim are perfect. The car has a clear, clean title, never been involved in an accident, no salvage, flood, fire or water damage. Box A actual miles.

If you are looking for a near perfect, fully serviced, documented and well cared for S-Class this is the one. 480-310-8814

If I was going to purchase a W140, I’d probably go for an S500. While the S320 is a more economical way of going about things, the V8 gives this heavy beast some added oomph without the complexity and cost of the twelve cylinder variant. Almost $14,000 is fairly steep for an S class of this vintage, but given the condition of this specimen, I’d say it’s not too far off the mark. I’m glad this isn’t an ultra low mileage car, as those kind of cars pose a conundrum. Not only can they be ticking time bombs, but they are often valued too high and lose their collectibility once they are used as intended. I’d probably try and bargain a little bit off this particular car, but with documentation and the fact that this is a W140 from a dry climate, it doesn’t get much better than this.


1995 Mercedes-Benz S350 Turbodiesel

When it was introduced in 1991, the W140 S class had a tough act to follow. The preceding model, the W126, was revered for its restrained style, comfort and durability. Having been introduced on the heels of a recession, many people derided the W140 as being too big and brash for the times. As time moved on, however, people began to forgive the W140 for its faults and started to appreciate it for the over engineered cruiser that it was. Features such as double glazing on the windows and self closing actuators for the doors and trunk lid hinted at the level of luxury Mercedes sought to provide passengers. Features such as Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) continued the company’s reputation for being at the forefront of automotive safety.

From 1992 through 1996, Mercedes-Benz offered the 300SD and S350 Turbodiesel, a short wheelbase version of the S class with the OM613 3.5 liter inline six cylinder turbo diesel. With 148 horsepower and over 4,600 lbs. to cart around, this was certainly no screamer, but made up for it a little bit with 229 lb ft. of torque. Not many of these diesel W140s reside stateside in good condition, mainly because those in the market for a big S class usually opted for the larger V8s or limited production V12. This S350 for sale in Arizona is undoubtedly the best one I’ve seen in several years.

1995 Mercedes-Benz S350 Turbodiesel on eBay

Very Beautiful “Smoke Silver Metallic” over Grey Leather. CarFax & Auto Check Certified Clean Car NO ACCIDENTS!

The option list is as follows:

– 3.5L inline 6-Cyl. TURBO DIESEL
– Automatic Transmission Tip-Tronic
– 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
– Leather
– Dual Power Seats
– Six Disc CD Changer
– Sunroof
– Polished Alloy Wheels (michelin tires all around with plenty of tread)
– Auto Climate Control
– Premium Sound
– Cruise Control
– Power Seats
– Telescoping Steering
– Power windows
– Power mirrors
– Power Locks

The car has beautiful all factory original “Smoke Silver Metallic” paint just and received a fresh detail that looks great. This car has stunning body that is straight as an arrow and is free of any accidents. This benz has always been garage kept and pampered its entire life and really shows. This car is equipped with polished alloy wheels and has high performance tires with plenty of tread. Autocheck and Carfax, no accidents certified clean car! The beautiful grey leather interior and is all original and looks extremely clean. The car has all of its original books, disc, complete set of tools, jack, and 4 keys. Every thing works in the car lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. This interior is mint like new condition. Non-smoker.

Mechanically, this Benz is in perfect condition and runs and drives great. It has very healthy and very strong 3.5L in line 6-Cyl. motor and a automatic transmission that shifts perfect. The car has always been serviced at authorized Mercedes Benz dealership and really is fun to drive. This car is very clean under the hood and really shows how its previous owner took excellent care of it. Documented service history all performed by Mercedes Benz. This car is mint, everything works and runs perfect. This car is ready to go! The car is in excellent condition inside and out. The exterior of this S350 is stunning in Smoke Silver with gray leather interior and is loaded with a lot of desirable factory options. This car was over $66k new and here is your chance to own it for a lot less then that. Rare, low mileage, mint condition car. Do not miss out!

Like the 240D we featured last week, this S350 is a classy way to conserve some fuel for those who are not in a hurry. As nice an example of a rare S class this is, almost $18,000 is pricey for any W140 sedan these days. This engine in this S350 would be more durable than many of the larger variants, but there’s still plenty gadgets that can you awry and cost a pretty penny to put right. If this car could be had somewhere between $10,000 and $14,000, it might be more of a worthwhile venture.


1995 Mercedes S320 Somethingorother

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay

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.

Any takers?

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay