Lot 248 - 1996 Mercedes-Benz S500L
|Sold - £6,792
The W140 was a flagship vehicle premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1991 with the first examples rolling off the production line in August 1991. The SE/SEL/SEC cars were renamed the S-Class, with alphanumerical designations inverted. The W140 was the first of the ‘next generation’ of Mercedes-Benz models to feature the company's new design theme and development began in 1981. The W140 introduced innovations such as double-pane window glazing, power-assisted closing for doors and boot lid, electric windows which lowered back down upon encountering an obstruction and a heating system which, if desired, continued to emit warm air after the engine was turned off. For details like this, the W140 is often known as the last Mercedes-Benz to be ‘over-engineered’. The W140 used a hydropneumatic rear suspension, first introduced on the W126 range. In 1993, the 408hp, V12 engine was slightly detuned to 389hp to comply with more stringent emission control regulations.
This S500L presents in very good order; its metallic blue paintwork and grey leather trim have aged well. The specification of the S500 Mercedes-Benz is excellent with, electric seats, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and cruise control all standard fitment. This example is a long wheelbase Limo version offering even more refinement for passengers. Effortless driving is probably the best way to describe this example, which has been well maintained. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a valid MoT test certificate together with a comprehensive history folder, this Mercedes-Benz S500 is offered without reserve.
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