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1996 FACELIFT MERCEDES S500 LIMOUSINE
Complete Service History
2 Owners From New
Scare Phase 2 W140
Rare Black Pearl
Low 85000 Miles
Chassis - wdb1400512a326894
Engine No - 11998022009513
D O R - 23 08 1996
First registered and pre delivery inspected by Mercedes Benz of Huddersfield
to the first owner Mercedes Benz UK where it remained for the first year and
eight months as a demonstrator most likely used by one of the senior
management. In February 1998 it was sold by MB dealer to a Mr Bennett who
stayed in Bury who owned it until September 2001 at which stage the final
keeper a Mr Pabani of London took stewardship and has owned the 16 years since.
I consider this to be a special Mercedes from the outset, loaded with much
specification for dealer purposes, that then passed over to a home that has
possessed the funds to look after it and store it correctly.
Facelift Mercedes W140/ auto long wheelbase limousine (100mm or 4” longer
than a standard W140). This rather rare phase 2 model is among the last of
the proper Mercedes cars ever made. These vehicles are quite simply a joy
to drive. The high standard of build quality and durability defined the
reputation that MB still exploit today despite it peaking at this moment.
This was the finest luxury car in the world, it was built to a standard that
other manufacturers could only gasp at, setting a benchmark of engineering
excellence that has not been surpassed to this day and never will be as costs
and bureaucracy prevent it repeating. This very car was in excess of £80,000
new in 1996, that’s close to £150,000 today!
Servicing & Bills
Serviced by the main dealer network for the first 5 years through to 59,000
miles at which point the second owner moved over to MB specialist AllKlasse
in Hertfordshire for care and they have been maintaining for the last 16
years. No expense has been spared and a nice spread of bills accompanies the
items detailed below. Of note the timing chain & water pump have been renewed
which if not documented as having been done will be an essential overhaul now
at this age. The car was not used from Autumn 2011 until November 2016 as the
owner resided abroad on a work contract. Shortly after the service in July 2011
it went into storage until November 16, it was not Motd either during this period.
In december 16 it was put back on the road and sent right back to the AllKlasse
for a recommission, which was very little.
2006 Service at 62469 - Oil & filter, pollen filter, front brake pads, rear
brake pads, new sensors.
2007 Service at 68271 - Oil & filter.
2008 Service at 74894 - Oil & filter, air filter, fuel filter,
combination filter, front brake discs, new pads, sensors, wiper blades.
2009 Service at 79869 - Timing chain and water pump, oil & filter, new seal ring.
2010 Service at 84025 - Oil & filter, new seal ring, combination filter, new
rear brake discs, new pads, new sensors, new wiper blades.
2011 Service at 84521 - Oil & filter, new seal ring, air filter, gearbox oil
renewed, new gearbox filter seal ring and gasket set.
2016 Service at 84658 - Oil & filter, combination filter, new front discs pads
and sensors, new wiper blades, new front tyres.
Even today this car has enormous road presence. The five litre double
overhead cam duplex chain driven 323 bhp V8 engine took Mercedes
to Le Mans in 1989 so in its basic state of tune its supremely reliable. These
are strong engines, it will still return 25mpg on a cruise, no error messeges,
all systems are go. The car is serene and despite the bulk surprisingly manageable
thanks to precise steering and braking. Highway cruising is its ace card, whisper
quiet with the impression that the horizon is moving towards you rather than you
to it. Timeless classic.
The car is presented in Obsidian Black Pearl with a contrasting light Cream
leather interior. Zero rust, perfect sills, boot, bottom of doors. The manner
in which it has been stored is evident when you open the doors and witness
how clean and preserved all inner rubbers are. All panels are original and
matching, they align up correctly and the paint is glossy.
The condition of the cabin reflects that of mainly single person use. Virtually
no wear indicators, the leather remains healthy and supple. This theme continues
to the engine bay and boot area, the headlining is immaculate as are all
carpets and switchgear with very little wear, all correct factory labels to
panels and engine bay present. Original thick ribbed carpet mats present.
Post facelift models changes: Very few of these more desirable facelift cars
New bumpers and new plastic lower side flanks
New rear lenses
Deletion of rear parking assist antennas for new "Parktronic"
New A/C electronic center dash panel controls
New interior door panel design
New headlight lens design
Ride height was lowered an average of 1.5 inches
Mechanically many systems changed in the engine compartment and the chassis
New infrared remote lock system
Obsidian Black pearl paint
Self closing doors
Self closing boot with handle that wipes itself clean every use
4x electric double glazed windows
Front dual zone digital climate control with charcoal filter
Instant heat or cold air buttons on the dash
Rear dual zone climate control with charcoal filter
2 stage heated seats
Rear heated seats
Rear vanity mirrors
Vacuum lumbar powered seats, single adjust pass side, 5 way driver side
Mercedes Benz stamped stainless kick panels
Puddle lighting in the doors
Remote central locking with flip key
Anti Jack central locking button
4 wheel vented disc brakes
ABS, traction control and stability program
Electric operated retractable and raising headrests
Active intelligent heating system
Hill hold 5 speed sport and winter mode automatic gearbox
Multi way electric adjustable 3 position memory seats
Auto dimming interior mirror
Electric tilt and slide sunroof
100 litre fuel tank
Head lamp wash system
Electric adjustable, heated and folding memory exterior mirrors
Glovebox and sunglasses stowage in the dash
10 disc CD changer in the boot
10 speaker system
Speed sensitive power steering
Electric tilt and reach steering wheel
Full size and very clean spare wheel
* Mot December 15th 2017
* Totally hpi clear
* Guaranteed warranted mileage
* Complete toolkit
* Spare wheel
* One key plus one key card
The Definitive S Class
There never was a car like the W140 in the annals of motoring history,
there probably never will be again. The market has woken up to what
these nineties Mercs represent and this is a unique car fresh to the
market. I have probably overstressed the message already, however this
is an outstanding Mercedes. The classic colour scheme can only enhance
the long term residual of this enduring modern classic that should now
rightly be continued to be treated in the correct way. A great