1994 Mercedes-Benz S600 Sedan
5,987cc DOHC V12 Engine
Bosch LH-Jetronic Fuel Injection
389nhp at 5,200rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Hydraulic Disc Brakes
*Fewer than 47,000 miles from new
*Garaged and well-kept since new
*The ultimate Q-Ship
*Over $130,000 new
With each successive generation of Mercedes-Benz cars, the Stuttgart manufacturer maintains its tradition of offering the very finest automobiles across a wide range of classes. Debuted at the Geneva Salon in March, the new W140-series was developed at a cost of over $1 billion and was unquestionably the most advanced motorcar on the planet when it came out. Offered in the US with a choice of a 3.2 liter V6, 4.2 liter V8, 5.0 liter V8 and a range topping 6.0 liter V12, standard equipment on these supremely well-appointed automobiles included a four-speed automatic transmission, traction control, double-paned glass, electronic stability control, and pneumatically self-closing doors. The S500 and S600 were electronically limited to a maximum speed of 155mph, surely fast enough for most mortals. In 1993 Mercedes-Benz changed the model designations of the 500SEL/600SEL to S500/S600. Often considered the last 'over-engineered' Mercedes, the W140-series is still believed by many to be the ultimate Q-Ship.
The Motorcar Offered
This black on black S600 was the range topping Mercedes that year. Listing for some $130,000, it was delivered new to New Jersey and first registered on February 16, 1994. The additional $35,000 over the cost of an S500 bought you more than just four extra pots. In addition to all of the standard and optional luxury features that came equipped in the S500, additional wood and leather trimmed the cockpit, the headliner was finished in suede, the grill fitted was unique to the model and the discrete 'V12' badge affixed to the C-pillar hinted at the power underfoot.
This big Benz spent most of its life in garaged comfort as part of the collection of John Martabano, the owner of Marty Motors, a large Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercury, and Rolls-Royce dealer in Mount Kisco, New York. Driven sparingly, always garaged, regular maintained and complete with a squeaky clean CarFax report, the car still looks virtually unused with less than 47,000 original miles on the odometer. A favorite of bankers, diplomats, royalty and dictators, here is an opportunity to get a barely used example of the last great 'bank-vault' Benz for mere pennies on the dollar.