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I have read on various sites on how many W140 S600 Sedans were made, some say 14, 19 but more cars keep showing up. So I called M/B in NJ to find out the real number. I spoke with Keith who was very helpful, a week later he call back and the REAL number of W140 S600 sedans made were 139.
 

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I think the RightHand drive numbers are that low. I seem to recall one of the guys here that has a 600 4 or 2 door RH mentioned there were not many.
 

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I have read on various sites on how many W140 S600 Sedans were made, some say 14, 19 but more cars keep showing up. So I called M/B in NJ to find out the real number. I spoke with Keith who was very helpful, a week later he call back and the REAL number of W140 S600 sedans made were 139.
When they say 14, or 19, I think they are talking about the 1999 W140 S600.
 

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Sinned is correct:

Production on the W140 body in general stopped in 1998, Germany had converted production to the W220 body in 1999 and had started delivering the 220's as 1999's to their European customers.

The US was not due to get the W220 until MY 2000, so that left MB dealers in the US with no S-classes to sell stateside in 1999. As a result, MB whipped up some special edition W140 S500 (called the Grand Edition) for 1999, along with only a few S600's. Reports have it that only 14 MY1999 S600 sedans were made, along with 15 MY1999 CL600 coupes. And the US market was the only one to market the W140 for model year 1999.
 

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I was very specific with Keith that these were 1999 W140 S600's. After his research he said 139 were made. That is not my guess, or heresay. That is from M/B USA. Any of you are welcome to call yourself.

I have seen the reports of 14, but a list on one site has over 20 some listed by VIN number, so the 14 is incorrect. I was just trying to get an accurate answer.
 

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I think the 139 figure comes from the combined production (all produced in 1997/8) that were the last version of the S600, with the split center console, which I think is the only design change from the MY1997 S600. Those were sold in the US as 1998 models, with the very last versions getting a 1999 badging.

So, while I wouldn't argue the total number of 1998 and 1999 S600's amounted to 139, I would say that 125 of them were 1998's, and the 14, the last of them, got a 1999 designation.
 

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The 14 1999 S600s is a myth

For those of you who insist that there were only 14 1999 S600s, you might try to explain why the Benzworld members located 25 (documented with VIN numbers) U.S. 1999 S600 Sedans. I am confident that there are others out there that are either not for sale or don't belong to Benzworld members.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w140-s-class/1257700-1999-s600-vin.html

Telechronos:):):)

1999 S500 Grand Edition
1984 380SL
1955 Mg TF1500
1969 Factory Stick, Factory Tri-power Pontiac Grand Prix SJ
 

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For a fact...4 1999 S600's are here in Honolulu and I have seen all 4.
I also know of one on Guam. Again, 1999 S600.
 

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None of the 1999 MY S600's were actually made in 1999. A car's model year changes on a different date to a calendar year. That's why you get 2011 cars in 2010.
 

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The final production run should be:

14 1999 S600 SEDANS
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15 1999 CL600 COUPES

That makes 29 1999 12-cylinder w140-bodies total production.

As per MB-NA.
 

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Everybody citing MBNA data, differently, so somebody has to be wrong (or maybe everybody). Maybe try supporting your data. "Trust me" on the internet doesn't really cut it, nor should it.
 

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The final production run should be:

14 1999 S600 SEDANS
PLUS
15 1999 CL600 COUPES

That makes 29 1999 12-cylinder w140-bodies total production.

As per MB-NA.
But, you are ignoring the fact that the folks here have collected 25 VINs of NA delivery S600 sedans. I think it's unlikely that all those ads from which the VINs were obtained were scams.

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I think those numbers collected (the 25) included duplicates and coupes, not just sedans.

Y'know, it just makes sense that few numbers were produced for a 1999 selling year.

I remember being on the list for the 220-body (having ordered an early 220-body S55), that wasn't available until later 2000, and going in the showroom asking about the S-class. I was told that the only ones available were the 'old model' as 'leftovers', which is what the w140 1999's were here in the US marketplace.

Production on the 220-body started in November 1998 for early European deliveries as 1999 220's.

Production on the w140's essentially ended in September 1998, the last cars being the 'Grand Edition' run of 600 specially outfitted S500's, all black with light yellow leather and black stained wood trim, among other things, all of which were destined for the US market as 1999's.

But production of the S600 Sedan and CL600 Coupe had ceased months earlier than September 1998, the very, very last of which were designated 1999's (why, I'm not really sure), but clearly, they were produced relatively early in 1998 and marked as 1999's in ridiculously small numbers.
 

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I think those numbers collected (the 25) included duplicates and coupes, not just sedans.

Y'know, it just makes sense that few numbers were produced for a 1999 selling year.

I remember being on the list for the 220-body (having ordered an early 220-body S55), that wasn't available until later 2000, and going in the showroom asking about the S-class. I was told that the only ones available were the 'old model' as 'leftovers', which is what the w140 1999's were here in the US marketplace.

Production on the 220-body started in November 1998 for early European deliveries as 1999 220's.

Production on the w140's essentially ended in September 1998, the last cars being the 'Grand Edition' run of 600 specially outfitted S500's, all black with light yellow leather and black stained wood trim, among other things, all of which were destined for the US market as 1999's.

But production of the S600 Sedan and CL600 Coupe had ceased months earlier than September 1998, the very, very last of which were designated 1999's (why, I'm not really sure), but clearly, they were produced relatively early in 1998 and marked as 1999's in ridiculously small numbers.

I know you are a senior member here, but with all due respect. When I spoke with Keith at M/B(and your welcome to call him yourself) I was VERY specific about the number of S600 Sedans produced for model year 1999. See confirming email below;

Dear Mr. Olesky,

Thank you for your recent contact to the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance
Center.

The information you requested is as follows:

139 units were produced for 1999 S600.

We hope this information is helpful.

Sincerely,

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC


Plus this list of S600 just keeps getting longer and thats just on this website!
Stryker, there were more than 14 made.
 

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I think those numbers collected (the 25) included duplicates and coupes, not just sedans.
No, there are 25 unique sedan VIN's there. Duplicates were removed from the count part way through. I just surfed autotrader.com and there are two more unique 1999 S600 VINs advertised, although I can't verify that they were original NA cars. The Russian VIN decoder doesn't seem to work for me.

I think you have to admit that your 1999 sedan is not 1 of 14. No doubt it is one of not very many, but more than 14.

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I've just submitted an email request to MBNA to get a count on the 1999's. I'll share it with the Forum when I get a response.
 

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I think those numbers collected (the 25) included duplicates and coupes, not just sedans.
Before you make such a statement, you really should read the entire thread. It started out simply to try to find the fabled 14 US delivery 1999 S600 sedans and the equally fabled 15 coupes. Duplicates were weeded out and some which were not delivered in the U.S. were also deleted. Coupes were kept in a separate list. No one set out to disprove the fable of 14, the facts just did show that there were more.

It really doesn't matter who you write to, all you have to do is show that the VIN numbers of the 25 listed are bogus. As I said in my earlier post, that clearly does not include those not in contact with Benzworld members or those that are not listed for sale, or for that matter, those that have been wrecked in the intervening 11+ years.

But before you make blanket statements read the entire 12 plus pages of the thread. I posted the link especially for your convenience.

Even if yours is one of an original 139, that is no shame. It is still a rare car. I consider my 1 of 600 Grand Editions to be a rare car, which, incidentally, has a tan leather interior not yellow.

Telechronos:):):)

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1984 380SL
1955 MG TF1500
1969 Factory Stick, Factory Tri-Power Pontiac Grand Prix SJ
 
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