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1997 Mercedes-Benz S-600 four-door sedan white exterior with gray leather interior; automatic transmission having sun-roof with 6.0L V12 engine; odometer showing 133,840 miles; 16" alloy wheels and 4-wheel disc brakes; with Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires size 235/60R16. VIN# WDBGA57G4VA369410

Provenance: Property from a South Carolina estate.

Other Notes: The long awaited S-Class sedans of the W140 series were introduced at the Geneva motor show in March 1991. Expectations were sky-high, and the public was not disappointed. This was the last Mercedes motor car built by engineers without concern for costs, and the significant size of this motor car is a clear statement indicating an important presence. Despite the size and weight the 600 was an agile vehicle, and it was said that this was a giant that could dance on tip-toes.

Mercedes S-Class sedans are invariably leading the market and are copied assiduously by all other manufacturers, and the W140 was no exception. This motor car has ticked the boxes for many firsts in terms of design and engineering, such as double glazing to reduce heat and noise, parking sensors and an electronic stability program. Twenty years later, many of these items are found on most current production cars.

The 600 model was intended to showcase the very best German engineering could provide, and the engine of the type M120 E60 produces 394 BHP and delivers a thumping 570 Nm of torque. This was the first V12 production engine for Mercedes-Benz, if a few experimental units built in 1937/38 are ignored. Surprisingly, even the EPA was happy with the way this motor car was built and awarded it the "Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award" in 1992.

Virtually all heads of State and even the Pope had a Mercedes 600 in their stable. When production was stopped in September of 1998, a total of 406,532 vehicles of the W140 series had been built. The replacement for this significant S-class was not to be another, improved S-class version but the newly introduced prestige "Maybach", where the type number W240 refers back to its origin found in the exceptional model 600.

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September 12, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
West Columbia, SC, US

Charlton Hall

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