Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5k: V12 Performance: 1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 W140

The Mercedes-Benz W140 series S-Class was the result of a decade of German engineering development, with cost overruns that allegedly leading to departure of Wolfgang Peter, Dailmer's chief engineer.  The resulting car is a pinnacle of over engineering, over achievement and overall awesome, especially in the S600 flagship.  Find this 1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 for sale in Brookfield, MO for $7,000 via craigslist.  Tip from ANCMatt.


This S600 cost $130k when new in 1995 ($155k in today's dollar)...so not only have the previous owners lost a combined $123k in depreciation, but also $25k in inflation related losses...plus taxes, luxury tax, gas guzzler tax...basically the an entire Montana city block worth of real estate value - gone!


This V12 powered brute isn't done consuming cash from its keepers (you don't own a car like this, you sort of keep it from harm for a few years and shuttle it from dealer to dealer for repairs) as the 389 horsepower 6.0 liter V12 is a complex machine that puts 420 ft-lbs of torque into a 4-speed automatic.  Performance of the 4800 lb sedan was sports car fast in 1995 and put most performance cars to shame with a 0-60 mph time of about 5.5 seconds.


Lose the silly c-pillar badges and this speedboat would be perfect for cruising.  See a better heavyweight contender? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

10 comments:

  1. the badges are silly but they are as built, MB put those there.

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    1. ~ you are kidding! Daimler buys their trim at Pep-Boy's?

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    2. MB placed the V12 badge alined with the lower edge of the chrome window trim. DT nailed it as silly in this form. (mind you my son "badgered" me into rebadging my 600, correctly)

      As with all older MB cars, these 600 V12 cars are entirely repairable/ maintainable by a competent owner. If you need the dealer or even an indie to do all your wrench spinning, this is not the car for you.

      And, if you do not use the cruise control, it is very easy you find yourself doing 100+mph and not noticing until the cars in front come zooming into focus.

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    3. I didn't see the smaller badges reading 600. The V12 badge is stock and that is where it goes. Pep Boys gets their badge ideas from MB as the stick on letters are a direct copy of factory MB parts. Found this out when rebadging our LeMons S500 to be a $500. The Ones from Pep Boys are nearly identical to the MB variety...

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  2. Lots of car for the money. If its been maintained as claimed then really hard to beat seven grand. A healthy bank account and good service department are a must to keep this beast right though. My wife has been wanting a "nicer car" and this is about as nice as anything built today with a feel of German quality that is unbelievable. I've had several MB's from this era and they are truly all some of the best built cars on the road.

    Does anybody know for sure if this car was hand built?

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    1. i can't really make out the badges in the pic but the s600 only came with the v12 on the side, it looks like there's multiple badges on the side of this one. I have 2 of these cars, but not the 600. My 500s cost an arm and a leg to maintain as well. It's the price you pay, to have such a prestigious car. I paid 2k for one of mine, and 5k for the other. There is no other car in the world for that price, that you can do 150mph in and still hold a conversation with a passenger as well as drink your coffee.. Just my 2 cents

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  3. "... isn't done consuming cash from its keepers"
    Hah! Tell me about it... got a 98 Audi A8 for $2400. Have spent about twice that in less than a year fixing it...

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    1. lol - I had a V8 Quattro from 1990 for a number of years - kept it until about 2003. I remember my 60k mi service included a set of replacement plug-wires costing ~$950!

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  4. He couldn't pick a better location for pictures?
    Looks like the kind of neighborhood you find an abandoned stolen car.
    Agree that the c pillar badges are just tacky.

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  5. The purchase price is just a downpayment on the real cost of ownership. You'll enjoy that rock solid driving experience driving between the bank and your mechanic. As much as would appreciate the car, I'd never forget there's a reason the S600 depreciates so much.

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