It was only a few days ago when I was looking up the details of this really clean W140 S Class that I was reminded of Mercedes’ 140 platform coupes. As luck would have it, I stumbled across one today in Bristol.
Officially designated the C140, these cars underwent several confusing name changes. Early cars were badged as either 500 SEC or 600 SEC – the former depicting a V8 and the latter Mercedes’ 6.0-litre M120 V12. Then, post 1994 cars such as the one featured here were badged either S 500 Coupe or S 600 Coupe. The last two years or so saw these models identified as CL500 or CL600s, with a scaled down CL420 v8 option also being offered.
These cars are seriously rare. In fact, if you combine the 500SEC, S 500 Coupe and CL500 production numbers and you get a total of just 14,953 cars worldwide.
Like other 140 chassis Mercs, these cars are known for their exceptional engineering, build quality and luxuriousness. Even the lowest specification cars featured double glazing, soft close doors and boot and dual-zone climate control.
The styling of these large coupes is almost an amalgamation of many different Mercedes models from the era. I think it’s fair to say that these do not hold the grace of most of Bruno Sacco’s designs.
KNZ 2479 certainly isn’t the cleanest example on the road. It’s got rust in the usual Mercedes places, with some colour coded duct tape restoring little dignity to some rotten front wings. The 5.0-litre V8 might not be the range-topper, but read period reports and it is often considered the sweeter handling car.
The MOT history for KNZ 2479 makes for some interesting reading, particularly where its odometer readings are concerned. Still, it doesn’t look like it would take a great deal to take this brute back to its former glory. Let’s hope that’s what the owner has planned.
Judging by today’s values, it seems you can still buy a decent low mileage example of these cars for approximately £10,000. That’s a hell of a lot of car should you have the minerals to face the potential financial ruin.
Anyone who wants a further read on these cars should head on across to this great feature from Classic & Sports Car.
|Registration Number:||KNZ 2479|
|First registered (UK):||31 December 1995|