This 2008 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG was sold new through Holmes European Motors in Shreveport, LA for approximately $198,000 and resided in Texas with its original owner until the selling dealer’s recent acquisition. It now shows only 34k miles and is finished in Black (040) over Cashmere (514) exclusive Nappa leather. Features include Distronic PLUS radar cruise control, night view assist, bi-xenon headlights with active curvelight illumination, electric rear roller blind, park assist, and more. Power comes from a 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12 paired with a five-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission. This one-owner W221 AMG is now offered by the selling dealer with a clean Carfax report, factory books & literature, and a clean Texas title.
Compared to the standard W221 S-Class, the S65 AMG featured a lowered ride height, revised front and rear bumpers, side skirt extensions, unique exterior badging, and a quad-exit exhaust system. The seller notes that paint appears to be original all around with no indications of prior paintwork.
The cabin is trimmed in S65-exclusive quilted Cashmere Nappa leather accented with hand-polished gloss burl walnut trim. Notable features include heated and ventilated multi-contour seats, navigation, a 14-speaker 600-watt Harman Kardon Logic7 sound system, an in-dash CD changer, Distronic PLUS radar cruise control, night view assist, bi-xenon headlights with active curvelight illumination, heat insulating & infrared reflecting safety glass all around, heated steering wheel, active dynamic front seats, panoramic glass sliding roof, multi-contour and climate controlled front and rear seats, electric rear roller blind, electric window blinds for the rear windows, park assist, rear-view camera, keyless-go, and more.
The heated multi-function steering wheel frames instrumentation consisting of a configurable LCD display, a 7k-rpm tachometer with a 6k-rpm redline, and gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. The digital odometer indicates approximately 34,550 miles with under 50 of those miles being added by the selling dealer.
The twin-turbocharged and intercooled 6.0-liter V12 was factory-rated at 604 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 738 lb-ft of torque between 2,000-4,000 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed AMG Speedshift transmission. The engine is covered in an AMG-exclusive carbon fiber airbox showing the signature of the single-engine maker emblazoned on a plaque at the center of the airbox. In August 2019, the spark plugs were replaced at Mercedes-Benz of Plano.
Service indicated on the attached Carfax shows regular dealer service history and linear mileage updates throughout. The report also indicated no accidents or other damage and only one-owner since new.
The accident-free Carfax report shows Texas registration from new. This S65 AMG is now offered by the selling dealer with factory books & literature, and a clean Texas title.
Following the W140’s problematic progeny of the W220 which was plagued by cheapened systems ill and fated to compete with the W140s billion-dollar budget, the W221 harkened in a new era of S-Class dominance with reliability, luxury, and cross-platform competition that rivaled the best of the US, EU and Japan. The S65, epitomizing the height of luxury, technological capability, and performance, excelled in every single competitive class while also providing a seamlessly beautiful package to deliver the deceptive device. Armed with nearly 800 ft-lbs of torque and every conceivable option available for the 2010's, this vehicle exceeded the expectations of not only cultivated car buyers, but also critics of the time. With night vision, distronic radar cruise and planet-altering torque, this ultra-flagship model of the big-body Benz was a highlight that still demands top attention (and dollars) from collectors who understand that market depreciation does not necessarily equal devaluation. Try finding a cheap, low-mileage example of this $220k+ MSRP monster and get back to us... we’d be buyers with no hesitation.
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