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In Good Company: 1999 S500 Grand Edition


The W140 S Class was a generation defining vehicle with no limit on the amount of funds that Mercedes-Benz was willing to spend to develop this flagship car. The quality of these vehicles is still a step above almost everything that has come out since and you can easily feel the difference when sitting behind the wheel. As a final year offering, the Grand Edition W140 comes equipped with the m119 5.0L. Of the 600 that were produced, the only color combination it came in was black on tan and each was optioned with a set of 18" AMG monoblock wheels which really set the car off.

Currently showing 173k miles in San Antonio, TX, this 1999 S500 Grand Edition has been both enjoyed and pampered. With an asking price of $11,500 and the option to make an offer on Ebay, it's very tempting to jump on an example as nicely maintained as this. Finished in Obsidian Black (197) over Quartz Nappy Leather (235) with Grand Edition specific birds eye maple wood trim, this W140 is powered by a 5.0L M119 V8 which was rated at 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of toque when new.

The wheels are genuine 18" AMG monoblocks which come standard on Grand Edition measuring 8.5 X 18 ET 47 on all four corners. Judging from the photos, the wheels are in great condition unlike the vast majority of sets found today. The seller states that all electronics function properly on the car and the AC works great. Recent service includes new brake rotors and pad as well as reach shocks and accumulators.

The paint presents very nicely in the pictures although some minor imperfections are noted by the seller. Plans to repaint the rear bumper never came to fruition and isn't a necessity, but to correct blemishes is recommended. Aftermarket headlights and taillights have been installed which give more of a crystalized look. Fortunately, for those looking to switch back to OEM the job is relatively easy and can be done in your own garage. While the seller is currently using black AMG branded floormats in the car, the car will also come with the Grand Edition specific floormats which can be seen stored in the trunk.

As 1 of only 600 Grand Editions produced, these W140's carry a lot of collector value today. Clean examples are difficult to find and this one certainly qualifies as clean. While the car does wear Florida plates, it is currently stored at the owner's second home in Texas. Thanks to the owner, who is also a reader of The MB Market, for submitting his Grand Edition to us. We have no doubt the next owner of this W140 will be very pleased.




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