Mercedes W140 S320
- Mileage: 29,583
- Year: 1995
- MOT Expiry: October 2018
- Exterior Colour: Blue Black Metallic / Alto Grey
- Interior Colour: Black Leather
- Top speed: 140
- 0-60mph: 8.9
- BHP: 227
- Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 3199cc
- Engine Configuration: Straight 6
The Mercedes W140 series made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1991, with the first examples rolling off the production line in April 1991. It was the first of the “next generation” of Mercedes-Benz models to feature the company's new design theme. This design was later adopted in 1993 for use on the face-lifted W124, as well as the new C-Class.
As well as a new design, the W140 introduced innovations such as double-pane window glazing, power-assisted closing doors and trunk lid, and electric windows that lowered back down upon encountering an obstruction.
The W140 series is often known as the last Mercedes to be “over-engineered”, a Mercedes trait that was costing the company in product delays and over budgeting. The vehicle is believed to have cost Mercedes-Benz over £500m to develop.
In June 1993, as part of the new corporate naming campaign, the model range was renamed. This resulted in all SE and SEL models now being re-designated as 'S', being followed by the numbering. Mercedes-Benz built 432,732 examples of the W140 series.
Black leather upholstery (261A), Electrically adjustable front seats (221/222), Electrically adjustable steering column (441), Electric rear window roller blind (540), 8-hole light alloy wheels (652), Burred Walnut trim (731), Double-pane glass, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Electric windows, Auto-dimming interior mirror, Dual-zone climate control, Soft closing doors, Mercedes cassette radio with CD changer, Spare wheel, Spare key.
This handsome S-class is presented in the stylish two-tone paint scheme of Blue Black Metallic with Alto Grey lower trim, undoubtedly one of the smartest Mercedes colour combinations of this era. The bodywork remains largely original and in excellent order throughout. There are a couple of marks to the bumpers front at rear, but looking along both sides of the car all panels are straight with even gaps in between. The light clusters also remain perfectly clear.
The interior space of the S-class is ample to say the least. Legroom is copious and the seats are notably large and supportive, providing a feeling of luxury and comfort. The leather feels soft and supple throughout with no damage to report. The vast dashboard is free from any unsightly cracks as is the centre console wood trim, a notorious weak point if over-exposed to sunlight. Furthermore, all of the switchgear is in excellent order and the carpets are kept fresh throughout by a full set of genuine Mercedes overmats, really completing the interior.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Beneath the large bonnet is an orderly engine bay appearing in great shape. At the heart of this S-class is the 3.2-litre straight six powerplant mated to a smooth 4-speed automatic gearbox. The underside of the vehicle is exceptional, presenting it in excellent rust free condition on close inspection; photos are available on request. The car has just been freshly serviced for the new keeper’s peace of mind.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The S-class sits on its original 16-inch Mercedes alloys. The wheels retain their factory polished finish and present well, although a perfectionist may choose to refurb. They are shod in quality Bridgestone tyres all round with plenty of tread remaining.
This excellent low mileage example was first registered in August 1995. Within the History File you’ll find the original Mercedes document pack containing the service booklet, owner’s manual, and Mercedes stereo instructions. The car has been serviced at the following mileages: 1k, 1k, 9k, 15k, 16k, 17k, 17k, 19k, and most recently at 29k in July 2018.
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