Lot 227 - 2005 12987 S350 LWB
|Odometer reading||40,500 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a luxury saloon and was officially introduced in 1972 with the W116 S-Class which succeeded previous Mercedes-Benz models dating back to the mid-1950s. As the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the S-Class has debuted many of the company's latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, interior features and safety systems (such as seatbelt pretensioners). The W220 S-Class was completely restyled in 1999 with a body that was slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Production of the W220 S-Class totalled 485,000 units; slightly more than the production totals of its predecessor. As with each new S-Class, the W220 brought in new innovations such as Airmatic air suspension and Active Ventilated Seats (which used miniature fans in the seats to move air through perforations). Mercedes-Benz traditionally introduced its safety innovations in the S-Class; for instance, the model was the first car in Europe to incorporate airbags. S-Class safety features included advances in active safety (accident avoidance) including ABS braking in 1978, traction control and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Passive safety features included crumple zones in 1957, three-point seatbelts in 1965, collapsible steering column and strengthened occupant cell resulting in better protection during heavy impacts.
First registered as a demonstrator vehicle on 31st March 2005, this example was sold later that year, changing hands again in November 2006 to a dentist who has owned the Mercedes until last month. The current mileage of 40,500 is correct and considered low for an eight year old vehicle. Benefitting from a recent set of tyres and brake pads, we are advised by the vendor that she will be serviced prior to the auction. S350's are high specification vehicles; this one is finished in silver with grey leather trim and is also equipped with electrically adjusted heated seats (front and rear), satellite navigation, sunroof, electric rear blind and xenon headlamps. This immaculate low mileage S350 represents amazing value given the estimate.
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