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A very enjoyable experience of mine has been the ownership of what I consider Mercedes' star achievement in the recent era, the much vaunted, much pilloried 140 body. No doubt about it, the 140-body garners mixed reviews.

Let me state for all why I am so enamored by the 140 model, specifically the one fitted with the M120 (12-cyinder) engine. There is a stately nature to the design that I believe will stand the test of time. S-class cars that came after the 140 I believe are lesser cars, smaller, less imposing, lesser made. There are practical reasons for this, but it exists nonetheless.

To the naysayers, the major elements of their diatribe is the costs of maintenance and gas. While not knowing their budgets, it is hard for me to opine on where their pay priorities may be, but suffice to say that a well maintained 140 is no bank account buster, especially when considering the benefits of driving the car.

I am amazed that these cars are trading as low as they are. People simply do not know what they have when they go to sell them.

To all those considering owning a 140, I say go for it. This forum and its responsible posters will guide you to the best solutions for any problems you may have. I have used this forum for the wise counsel I have received for the past 6+ years and complement those who offered their help and advice to me, I have always considered it worthy to consider the member's input.
 

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And I'm 100+% with you on that ,and to show you ,read the comments I recently left to a W140 Hater within the You Tube video below , personally I could eat him alive but then ,you know media rights .:thumbsup:


Comments are down below within the replies from the Albanian connection , KenMasters... is the hater .
 

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they will always be haters.
hating is human nature
but for me the W140 is the pinnacle of Mercedes.
a time when you couldnt finance a car for 6 years and you had to have the resources to get it.
a time when you expected a car to last forever.
I only have a 400SEL- If I had a 600SEL I would be on cloud 9.
 

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I'm actually thinking about getting this for my Birth day

1995 AMG MERCEDES S600 COUPE

I know its overpriced and not the best one out there but...... it would be a great addition to the MB collection
 

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I'm actually thinking about getting this for my Birth day

1995 AMG MERCEDES S600 COUPE

I know its overpriced and not the best one out there but...... it would be a great addition to the MB collection
Yes that guy made me furious ,anyway I'm over it .
Buying a V12 its best to spend more in the beginning for that extra well maintained car ,the one you posted appears to be ok .
Happy Birthday in advance Carl,hope you get it as a present ,lol.:thumbsup:
 

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Merc-S600

thanks
I bought my 300ce from the same place back in 08.
they probably dont remember me but I remember them
it was a good experience and the 300ce has been good to me
I'm turning 36- mid life crisis ?
 

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Merc-S600

thanks
I bought my 300ce from the same place back in 08.
they probably dont remember me but I remember them
it was a good experience and the 300ce has been good to me
I'm turning 36- mid life crisis ?
Midlife crisis at 36 ,lol , to early for that , best age I think for a male is around 50, that's when you have all the experience ,money & everything you could probably ask for , I think its at 50 when life really starts to kick in .
When I was 36 I was still working for wages ,scraping for money here & there ,I'm glad those years are over .
Don't let 36 intimidate you , the older you get the smarter & wiser you actions for everyday life will go .
Enjoy your Birthday & don't think about the number . Just set yourself a target , I want to own an S600 Cl or sedan before I turn 37 ,lol .:thumbsup:
 

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I get these cars are not for everyone but I find the haters have never owned one and/or are not realistic about maintenance and/or just think that newer is automatically better and/or put too much emphasis on fuel economy/don't factor in depreciation.
 

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Few things from my point of view:

1. The values on 600 coupes is strong, particularly for very low-mile examples in excellent condition. I've seen sales over $25k. Unfortunately, the eight and six cylinder cars are flat; they don't seem to be depreciating further, but they're not rising either.

2. The reality is that this body style is still not considered 'classic' by the general public yet. Yes, it's a totally subjective and intangible measure, but that's reality right now. It's at that awkward phase where it looks old, but not so old that it's special. It will get there eventually -- let not forget that not too long ago you could pick up a decent R107 or a W126 for next to nothing, and now they're getting very strong money -- particularly the R107 which has gone stratospheric in the last two years. The W140/R129 will see a value spike also, but it'll be a few more years; that's just how the market works.

3. Another reality that we have to face is that a whole lot of these cars are dogs at this point, suffering from years of neglect. They're very expensive to maintain properly, and most owners who see them as nothing more than used cars have simply opted out of the kind of service necessary to keep them in top shape. This has an effect on the perception of the cars as a whole. Might not be fair, but its true. This also means that very good examples will stand out more, but overall it contributes to a lack of prestige for the model at large, and definitely helps to keep values down. Now, eventually all the worn out examples will either get trashed or will be picked up for restoration by enthusiasts, and that will be the beginning of the rise in value; when the cars move out of the hands of used-car buyers and exclusively into the hands of enthusiasts.

My guess is that we have at least another ten years to go.
 

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Agreed that poor examples contribute to the negative perception. Most cars I see here on the road in poor condition. Lucky I own these cars for myself, not what anyone else might think.
 

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I really don't look at the present day values 140's are trading at. I look at the utility of the model. I see a very expensive car when it was new, expensive because of the way it was built and what went into it.

Remember that MB built these cars to compete with Rolls Royce and Bentley. Present models are designed to compete with Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, Infiniti, Lexus, etc., lesser brands than RR and Bentley.

These cars traded for over $100k when new 24 to 16 years ago. When the successor models were put on sale, they were actually priced CHEAPER than the 140.

Whether the car today sells for $5,000 or $10,000 is negligible. You have a chance to buy a car which would cost today over $200k for $5k or $10k. Does it really make a difference? You're buying real value regardless.

I agree many people have let the maintenance fall on these models and that's a problem to overcome. I received my 1992 600SEL for FREE and it wound up costing me over $100k and 3-years to restore but it was well worth the effort. The car is gorgeous and last year, won Best in Show at the Montvale Concours.

Be aware of what you have. These cars are truly remarkable.
 

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people have to realize that the mercedes of today does not compare to the Mercedes of the 20th century
can any chassis today stand up to the W140,W124,W201 ?
will we see W212 or W222 on the road 20 years from now ? probably not.
but the w201,w123,w124 are still running in different parts of the world.
 

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dont forget the w126 of course

and W126 of course
 

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I had a good friend who is an advocate for small cars try to argue how stupid I was for buying the S280 way back when I did. He was in the passenger seat for 3 minutes and took it all back.

He later tried to argue how a how a brand new Mazda 3 was more comfortable with a better stereo than the S420. I let him drive the S420 and it shut him up lol.

He gets the S600.
 

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I drove a Maybach 57S a few years ago... that thing was just ridiculously fast for its size. To be honest I wouldn't mind owning one of those, but even if they depreciated to a point that I'd be able to consider one, they were produced in such low numbers that the parts will always cost a literal fortune.
 
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