S-Class W140, the chauffeur-driven vehicle with high driving comfort
– 3.2 L in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) and 4-speed automatic transmission
– Spanish registration, ex-diplomatic vehicle of the German Embassy
– 3 other vehicle owners, plausible speedometer reading
– Black leather interior and wood finish in burr walnut, electric sunroof,
cruise control, automatic air conditioning, all-round heat-insulating glass, power closing for doors
and boot lid doors and boot lid
– All seals on the engine and part of the gearbox renewed
– Inspection with spark plug and filter change. Upper and lower suspension joints, shock
absorbers, rear brake pads, front axle stabilizer and right engine mount, power steering pump
and windscreen, servo lock pump and windshield replaced, partial paint job on hood, roof,
bumper and trunk lid. Total investment around EUR 8,500
– Next general inspection in November 2024
Well-maintained luxury sedan without maintenance backlog
Automobile size, redefined
With the appearance of the new S-Class in 1991, it rained criticism: The vehicles were too heavy, not at all up to date in their megalomania – loading capacity was too low, and to top it all off, they didn’t even fit on the Sylt-shuttle trains!
Those who didn’t care about all of the above, acquired a sedan that set new standards and came with a hoist of innovations: CAN bus, voice controlled car telephony, park distance control, ESP, double glazed laminated safety glass … things that nowadays have become automotive standard were here on board for the first time. The excellent workmanship and reliability bestowed many W 140 a second career outside Germany. Models of this series were the first to be offered with V12 engines. Incidentally, the Maybachs built until 2011 were largely based on the the W 140 series.
Like all large Mercedes limousines before, the 1990s S-Class will be a sought-after classic in the foreseeable future.