This 1998 Mercedes-Benz S320 was first sold by Mercedes-Benz of San Francisco in April 1998 where it remained under service until 2006. The original owner sold the car in 2018 and it still remains in California with the current seller. The odometer shows 81k original miles and the included Carfax notes a clean history with regular servicing. The car is finished in Glacier White (143) over a Gray (268) leather interior, and equipment includes power-adjustable front seats, a power sunroof, soft-close doors, burl wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an aftermarket head unit. Power is provided by a 3.2-liter M104 inline-six paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Recent services and maintenance include an oil and filter change, new front sway bar links, and a new flex-disc. This W140 is now offered by the current owner and seller in Fremont, California with manufacturer's literature, two keys, a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title.
The exterior of this long-wheelbase W140 is finished in the Glacier White (143) paint with matching lower body cladding and features a power glass sunroof with tilt function, chrome trim at the beltline and bumpers, and front headlamp washers. The paint is believed to be all original with matching panels all around. The front bumper presents an original front plate mount. The decklid shows gold badging which would have likely been dealer-optioned when new.
Factory 16” alloy 8-hole wheels wear Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires measuring 225/60 and 2018 date codes. Approximately 40 percent tread depth remains and the outer edges show wear with the inner edges showing tread. The wheels show curb rash on all four corners and some blemishes in the finish. New front sway bar links were recently installed to correct tire wear.
The interior is trimmed in Gray Leather (268) with matching door panels and carpeting paired with Burl wood trim along the dashboard, center console, and doors. Equipment includes power-adjustable front seats with memory, power windows and door locks, soft-close doors and trunk, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, and dual-front airbags. The factory Becker head unit has been replaced with a single-DIN unit with bluetooth calling and audio capabilities. Photos are provided of all interior details in the gallery.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel fronts VDO instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer, 7k-rpm tachometer, and a digital odometer with trip function. Additional auxiliary gauges include fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure, and instant economy. The digital odometer shows 81k original and documented miles.
The 3.2-liter M104 inline-six rated at 228 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque when new. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 722.6 five-speed automatic transmission. Recent services and maintenance include an oil and filter change, new front sway bar links, and a new flex-disc. Additional underside photos are provided in the gallery.
The Carfax report lists no accidents or damage and registration history exclusively in California along with 18 service history records. This W140 is now offered with manufacturer's literature, two keys, a clean Carfax report showing linear mileage updates, and a clean California title.
The W140 could be regarded as one of the best Mercedes-Benz ever produced, let along one of the best sedans to ever grace any roadway. As penultimate model year for the W140, this car is immediately attractive with the "monochromatic" facelift in it's final form. These cars are known for their robust build quality and were built at a time when Mercedes focused on building the best car possible, not the bottom line on their profit & loss statement. The M104-powered long wheelbase makes this the perfect highway and city driver for mixed use and although the V8-powered W140’s have a little more punch, the straight 6 was no slouch and both reliability and longevity (Not to mention easier for today's fuel prices). At 81k miles, this S320 has decades of life remaining and still commands attention with exemplary road-presence.
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