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Lot 176: Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe

Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (28 May 2012)

Development on the W140 began in 1981, originally set for an autumn 1989 release. From 1982 to 1986 several designs were reviewed, until December 1986 when a principal design was approved. Several prototypes were tested onwards from early 1987 and the final production exterior design was approved in later that year, with domestic design patents being filed on February 23, 1988 and U.S. patents 6 months later on August 23rd. A delay was made to accommodate a V12 engine and resulted in the final prototype being completed in June 1990. Pilot production models were made from June 1990 to January 1991. In 1991, to compete with the Lexus LS 400, a series of additional features were rushed for the launch. The W140 introduced innovations such as double-pane window glazing, power-assisted closing for doors and boot lid, electric windows which reversed when encountering an obstruction, rear-parking markers which rose from the rear wings (discontinued on later vehicles, and replaced with sonar-assisted parking) 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 to be "over-engineered," a Mercedes trait that was costing the company in product delays and over budgeting. The W140 cost a considerable 25 percent more than its predecessor, the W126.

Top of the 140 tree was the 5973cc V12, which came in coupe, saloon and limousine form, all of which offered fabulous levels of performance and build quality.

Offered here an S600 Coupe, which is said to have been maintained, by Mercedes specialists Klasse of Fulham, to the highest standards. It is equipped with all of the 140 toys, which includes the double glazed windows, assisted door and boot closure, electric memory and heated seats. In addition to the usual options the car has also benefited from a full repaint by Theoco and is equipped with 18" alloy road wheels.

Finished in Blueblack metallic with black leather, the car has been in the same ownership for 11 years and has been well maintained. Quite outstanding value for money. Note: This description is provided by the vendor and unless otherwise stated is 'Not Verified' by Barons or any person employed by Barons. Prospective purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of any statements made, whether they be statements of fact or opinion.

Lot Details
Auction Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex- Surrey Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number176
Estimate£3500-£4500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1993
Condition rating0
Registration numberK256 KNN
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB14000762A131754
Engine number12098022019274
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors