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This may be an example of how to sell a W140--negative sales technique. I like it!

1994 Mercedes Benz 500S - Bullet Proof 4DR - 71K miles - $7000 (Coon
Rapids)
Date: 2011-11-19, 5:08PM CST

No room in collection for it anymore. Must GO.
Deep Navy/Grey Exterior,
71,000 Actual Miles
Runs, Drives Looks Mint. 5.0L Benz V8
Bulletproof and Ready for your protection.
Great Winter Car for a Chauffeur or ?

$9k certified check or $7k Cash. non-negotiable.

No Pictures, No Holds, No Financing, Call for an appointment to see it.

Seven Six Three Four Five Eight 4 Three 6 Three

Location: Coon Rapids
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"Never invest money in anything that eats or needs repairing." Billy Rose
 

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What a nice person.

I feel his angst a little, "You want it or not"

Saying you don't have the money means ya don't want it. Period.
If you want it, you'll get the money.

BTW, finally had the trunk and fender painted on the 500, looking fine all over!!
Working on the W124 now, too!
 

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lol at bulletproof, dummy dont know its double pane windows for noise reduction.


BTW a bullet will go right thru them.





Bulletproof.. lol.
 

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Here is how they sell here ,well , some of them ,some of you guys might find a use for this add below later on .:thumbsup:
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WHOLESALE STOCK CLEARANCE AUCTION – MUST BE SOLD – 7 DAYS ONLY!



COLLECTORS & ENTHUSIASTS - DO NOT MISS THIS!

With the holiday season coming to an end, we have found ourselves well and truly overstocked. In an effort to clear showroom space, we are sacrificing some vehicles auction on ebay. To that end, we are pleased to offer this beautiful Mercedes Benz S500 luxury saloon for unreserved sale.

PLEASE NOTE this item description is quite long-winded however I believe that the W140 S-Class as a model and this examples lovely condition warrant full detailing. If you are genuinely interested in becoming the next owner of this S500, please do take the time required to read through this description in its entirety.

As a background, the S-Class is a series of the largest sedans and coupes produced by Mercedes Benz. A product of nine lines dating back to the mid 1950’s, the S-Class is the worlds best selling luxury flagship sedan and as the foremost model in the Mercedes Benz line up, it has been responsible for the debut of many of the company’s innovations including advanced safety systems such as airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and so forth.

Generally considered a preserve of the ultra-rich or for those of nobility, the Mercedes Benz ‘S-Class’ derives its name from the German word Sonderklasse, meaning ‘special class’ or rather, ‘in a class of its own’.

Officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1991, the first production W140 rolled of the assembly line on the 6th of August 1991 and over its 8 year production life, some 406,532 W140’s were built – a staggering result considering the retail price was up by more than 25% over the previous model S-Class!

The W140 series is often referred to as the last Mercedes Benz to have been ‘overengineered’ – a term used by Mercedes Benz themselves and a trait that was costing lots of money in product delays and over spending budgets. It is rumoured that the development of the W140 cost in excess of one billion dollars. With innovations such as double-glazed windows, electric window jam protection, airbags, the option of massage seats and a heating system able to emit warm air even with the engine turned off, it is no surprise!

This particular example is a 1993 S500 and is equipped with the venerable M119 V8 engine offering a potent 470Nm of torque available at just 3,900RPM. Having previously owned a number of 6 cylinder S-Class saloons, the V8 engine comes as a very welcome feature and makes perfect sense in such a luxurious vehicle – it is a very refined engine with huge, effortless power and never feels lethargic or stressed like the 6 cylinder cars. This is explained by its additional 71kW of power and 155Nm of torque over the 6 cylinder S320/300SE, however it is not just about going fast. When driving an S320/300SE, you always feel as if you are having to ‘push’ the car – you are always conscious of its distinct lack of ‘get up and go’ however when fitted with the 5.0L V8, the very same car suddenly feels alive, eager and willing. The transformation in drivability and the pleasure thereof is enormous but it also comes at an enormous price – try $260,000 + on road costs on for size! (And that was in 1993!). This means that an S500 commanded a premium of some $80, 000 over a 6 cylinder S320/300SE in this country.

Interestingly, given the V8’s torque, an S500 is actually more frugal than a 6 cylinder S320/300SE returning as good as 10.5L/100k’s vs. the 11L/100k’s offered by the lesser powered car.

Finished in perhaps one of the most becoming S-Class colours, Nautical Blue, this S500 is a spectacularly attractive vehicle. It’s list of features includes a tilt and slide sunroof, a factory premium audio system (incorporating a boot mounted CD-Stacker), electric front seats with position memory and adjustments for seat squab length, cruise control, dual zone climate control, central door locking, a remote control immobilizer, genuine polished alloy wheels, full leather trimming with highly polished timber veneers, plush carpets, an electric rear sunblind, dual airbags, power fold-back external door mirrors, an electrically adjustable internal rear view mirror (which is monochromatic / self-dimming), fold down vanity mirrors for the rear seat occupants, reversing guides and so much more.

The vehicle is supplied with one key, one remote, a full set of floor mats and some original literature housed neatly in the genuine Mercedes Benz booklet folder.

Given the rather subjective nature of classic vehicle assessment, your personal inspection is advised. In this way, you may form your own opinions of the car and can judge whether or not it will live up to your expectations.

Offered as a guide, my opinions of the car and its condition are as follows:

COACHWORK: This clearly has been a very well cared for vehicle. The stunning Nautical Blue paintwork remains in lovely condition showing very little in the way of imperfections save for (very) minor stone chips on the lower front bumper etc. It is very glossy holding a deep ‘wet look’ shine with no fade, no damaged clear, no ‘orange peel’ and no inconsistencies to report. Obviously given the cars age, an expectation of absolute perfection would be quite unrealistic so if you look hard enough you will find the occasional mark or bump however there really isn’t anything that detracts from this vehicles gorgeous road presence and kerb appeal. All panels seem to line up quite well and I can not find any rust or evidence of previous accident damage. The car is surprisingly straight – much more so than most vehicles half its age and the paint surface is very smooth. One item to note is a cracked windscreen at the back. All in all, while now some 16 years old, this S500 presents better than most 6 year old cars. Where possible a personal viewing should be made a priority to gain a full understanding of the cars lovely condition.

TRIM & INTERIOR: The cabin of this S-Class remains in lovely original condition showing a delightful patina of age. The leather seats are in good order showing minor wear that should be considered as consistent with the vehicles age – certainly there are no rips or tears in the hide, just general wear that comes from 16 years of faithful service. The hides are still supple and appear to have been well-conditioned throughout their life. The door trims and dash are all in first class condition showing no signs of over-exposure to UV and the beautiful timber veneers through the dash, centre console and doors are basically perfect with only a couple of very fine lines near the window switches (difficult to see). The carpets appear to have been covered for most, if not all of their lives and so present today as they would have 16 years ago. Similarly the hood lining is in excellent, undamaged condition. There appears to be nothing missing from the cabin and the trim is all very tight – the cockpit is pleasingly free from the annoyance of trim rattles and squeaks. On balance and while certainly not new, the interior of this W140 remains in lovely condition and has aged very well.

MECHANICALS: As one would expect when in command of an S-Class worth a quarter of a million dollars, this S500 is gorgeous on the road and brings great joy from the driving experience. Mechanically it seems very good but given the rest of the vehicles condition, this should come as no surprise. The 5.0L V8 engine bursts in to life at the turn of the key and settles down to a smooth silent idle. Unlike many, there is no top end chatter in this car and perhaps more pleasingly, the V8 engines do not suffer head gasket failure or the wiring loom problems common to ALL S320’s/300SE’s (if you are looking at 6 cylinder S-Class’s, budget $4,000 to replace these items immediately unless the person you are purchasing the car from can prove they have recently been done). The V8 engine blows no smoke, it does not appear to be using or dropping any fluids, it holds excellent oil pressure and maintains a consistent operating temperature under all conditions. The driveline feels great with seamless changes from the auto gearbox and no undue noise from the diff. The brakes feel absolutely superb and the steering is sharp and direct. The suspension offers a ride verging on Rolls Royce quality yet the car handles exceptionally well – it does not at all feel like a big heavy oaf, rather it feels quite nimble and sprightly thanks to the V8 power plant. All electrics seem to work (windows, cruise control, stereo/cd player, sunroof, mirrors etc) and there are no strange warning lights on the dash. The climate control system is in full operation through all fan speeds etc however it does not blow cold as the compressor cuts out moments after switching the system on. According to a local air conditioning specialist this could simply be related to a low gas level or it could be an internal problem with the compressor. They suggested that reconditioning a compressor for a W140 would cost in the vicinity of $500. The system is currently holding gas which indicates there are no leaks or problems with things like evaporators (which can be expensive) however rather than stating ‘it just needs a regas’ like most sellers, I think it fair to disclose what information I have at hand in the hope that this will help the new owner save money where possible. Aside from this, I can not fault the cars on road performance – it is really a sublime car to travel in and it is breathtaking to be in command of.

So there you have it – a flagship Mercedes Benz that someone paid a quarter of a million dollars for, now for unreserved wholesale auction! This is indeed a rare opportunity for the astute buyer to not only get a bargain, but to acquire a piece of motoring history and enjoy life with a classic Mercedes Benz S-Class. While this is not a new car, it is hugely attractive and will no doubt represent exceptional value for money.

Redbook (an industry pricing authority used by insurance companies etc) claims that a 1993 S500 should retail for between $17,000 and $20,000 + depending on condition and k’s (they rate ‘average’ k’s for a ’93 S500 as being up to 280,000). Indeed if you look at the S500’s currently on the market, their price guide seems to be typical of what most sellers are expecting. Interestingly though, most have covered WELL over 200,000k’s and many of them are now approaching (or passing) 300,000ks. The cheapest S-Class I have found is a 400SE (with the baby V8 and pre twin airbag update) that has covered something like 320,000k’s – it is listed for around $11,000. So what does that make this genuine twin airbag update model S500 with just 192,000k’s worth? Well, you have 7 days to decide! This car MUST be sold as there is no room in the showroom for it - it currently has to be parked outside in an unsecure public car park in the elements – certainly not the best situation!

If you are interested in this vehicle, please do not leave your bid to the last minute. On occasion, if bidding seems to be going very poorly, I have withdrawn a car from ebay and sold it elsewhere. Inevitably when this happens I always get e-mails from people upset that they missed out on buying that particular car. The only way of ensuring this does not happen is to bid early and to bid well.

As mentioned previously, I advise and welcome any interested party to come and take the car for a test drive themselves or to send a friend, relative or mechanic in to inspect it on your behalf – being interstate is certainly no excuse! As I say in every one of my listings: common sense should tell you that my personal opinions reflected in the above listing and 12 digital photographs are no substitute for your own detailed inspection and test drive.

I have no idea what (if anything) would be required of this Mercedes Benz to pass a RWC – I am not a mechanic so I can not speak to this subject with any authority.

All personal and/or mechanical inspections are invited and most welcome prior to auctions close.

IMPORTANT AUCTION NOTES – READ BEFORE BIDDING:

As with all auction vehicles, this is a wholesale transaction and therefore the vehicle is not supplied with RWC, registration or warranty of any kind.

The above report has been prepared as a result of a brief road test and visual inspection undertaken prior to auction and is intended as a guide opinion only. No detailed inspection has been conducted and so absolutely no warranty or guarantee is given, offered or implied. Buyers are required to satisfy themselves as to the condition of the vehicle prior to bidding as the winning bid is considered final. The seller assumes no responsibility or liability for errors or omissions in this listing. By bidding you are confirming that you have either inspected the vehicle and are satisfied with it, or that you are prepared to purchase the vehicle sight unseen.

Classic Autos Australia is a family owned and operated boutique style dealership specialising in classic, unique, sports and prestige vehicles. Many of our vehicles are sold to interstate collectors and investors so we are able to offer excellent rates for interstate shipping. Please feel free to contact us should you require a shipping quote or have any further questions.

As always this vehicle is available for sale through other mediums and so is subject to prior sale.

Payment in full in line with payment terms outlined below is required within 3 days of auctions close – NO EXCEPTIONS. If you can’t pay or can’t settle in this time frame then please do not bid. If you require finance, have it pre-approved and be sure you can settle within the above timeframe. Please be aware that due to escalating levels of fraud we do not accept credit cards or paypal.

Your bid will constitute your agreement to the above auction terms and conditions without exception.

Vehicle will be supplied with a REVS certificate of clear title.

Thank you.


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That guy has copied most of that from the 04-2008 Mercedes Benz Classic mag
 

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That guy has copied most of that from the 04-2008 Mercedes Benz Classic mag
LoL,it wouldn't surprise me , if you look close on every single car that you see advertised for sale ,even if it is a lemon/bomb ,it still says ,"Exellent condition" somehow or somewhere,just to get rid of it ,lol .
I 'am buying another car now but not from a dealer this time ,i'm thinking Car Auction with inspection before purchase ,so far so good ,(didnt buy /find nothing good yet in 2 weeks ,lol) .:thumbsup:

This is the only one .
http://www.drive.com.au/used-cars/mercedes-benz/sl600/sydney/detail.aspx?id=30735334&lid=30735334&pg=1&pp=0&d=0
 

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lol at bulletproof, dummy dont know its double pane windows for noise reduction.


BTW a bullet will go right thru them.





Bulletproof.. lol.
I know someone that would belive it , ask my wife what happen's if someone shoots at the car , She ask't me if they were BProof , i said ;Yes but in a different way;
What happen's ,Yes the are Bulletproof because before the bullet hits the window it will go down automatically ,let the bullet through the other window & then go back up again ,no damage done but only in a W140 Mercedes with the bullet sensor fitted: .

She look't pretty much amazed about it judging at that face impression she had on,lol.:thumbsup:
 

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What a nice person.

I feel his angst a little, "You want it or not"

Saying you don't have the money means ya don't want it. Period.
If you want it, you'll get the money.

BTW, finally had the trunk and fender painted on the 500, looking fine all over!!
Working on the W124 now, too!
Yeah Andrew, a person can infer much from the sales announcement which came from CraigsList. The seller has eliminated 80% of the riff-raff, low ballers, tire kickers. I infer that he/she has been down this road before and knows exactly what he/she is doing.

Wow! You've gotten your S500 up to your specifications. Do you plan to sell it?

Good to hear from you.
 

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I know someone that would belive it , ask my wife what happen's if someone shoots at the car , She ask't me if they were BProof , i said ;Yes but in a different way;
What happen's ,Yes the are Bulletproof because before the bullet hits the window it will go down automatically ,let the bullet through the other window & then go back up again ,no damage done but only in a W140 Mercedes with the bullet sensor fitted: .

She look't pretty much amazed about it judging at that face impression she had on,lol.:thumbsup:
I like it...bullet sensor fitted... :)
 

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In my search to buy a W140 I came across sellers similar to the one mentioned at the beginning of this very thread. One told me that I couldn't see the car as he was always away and if I really wanted it I'd wait until he could show it to me! Another implied that his was the best W140 available in Brazil so I booked to see it, when I saw the car it really was beautiful but marred by a down-to-the-metal scratch across the bonnet and along the right side, he was offended when I told him I'd driven 60 miles to see the car and he had wasted my time by not being honest and stating the car needed a respray! Another told the car was 100%, well it wasn't maybe 40% of it was good! I think the 'buy it if you want' attitude is very common-place nowadays.
 

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He sounds like a jackass wasting your time.

There was one for sale close by and i called them. Thick nasty NJ accent yelled at me mid sentence "its off the market!!!!!!! !! !! ! ". Ad is still up.
 

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Yes, always best not to buy cars from donkeys. Tend to be a lot of droppings to contend with in the inevitable clean up...
 
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