This 2002 Mercedes-Benz S500 Guard was originally delivered to and sold by Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, California. Finished in Black (040) over Charcoal Nappa leather (231), power is provided by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Comprehensive service records are included in the sale and show a recent service in December 2021 in preparation for the sale. Features include Xenon headlamps, heated seats, Parktronic, power-adjustable rear seats, four-zone climate control, and rear sun shades for the side and rear windows. In addition to the listed options, this S500 features factory Guard-related options including option 979- B4 Certified MB Guard Special Protection, a self-sealing fuel tank (Z16), a two way intercom system (Z15), and rear power windows (978), an option available for Guard vehicles. The current owner acquired the car in March of 2021 from a private seller and has added approximately 1,500 miles under current ownership. This example shows 28,572 miles and is offered with comprehensive service records, factory literature, an original tool kit, original first aid kit, two keys, the original window sticker, and a clean Georgia title in the seller's name.
The Guard range from Mercedes-Benz was established in 1999 to offer various ranges of special protection in certain Mercedes-Benz models hand built from the factory, specifically the E-Class, S-Class, and G-Class. For this S500, option 979 is noted at a $76,500 upcharge. This option includes a B4 certified protected occupant cell with 3” thick polycarbonate glass, reinforced steel body components in the floor and roof, reinforced suspension, special reinforced OEM wheels, larger brakes, and run flat tires which have been replaced with standard tires by the previous owner. Other options noted in conjunction with 979 include the self-sealing fuel tank, intercom system, and rear power windows. Altogether MSRP for this example is shown at $177,470 and more than $90,000 more than a standard S500 at the time. The doors for the S500 Guard received extended hinges allowing nearly 90 degrees of movement in all four doors.
This handbuilt Guard-spec S500 is reportedly 1 of 6 sold in the North American market for the 2002 model year. This example is finished in Black (040) and features Xenon headlamps, front and rear Parktronic, power adjustable rear view mirrors, and soft close for all four doors. The Carfax report notes “minor damage” to the rear of the car in June 2013 and shows no evidence of damage to the body components or accessories. A small dent just below the grille is visible in the photos below and the rear window shows slight delamination. The paint has undergone a complete correction in preparation for the sale.
This example shows factory reinforced 17″ alloy wheels wrapped in new Vredestein tires chosen specifically for their weight and handling ratings for this example. The tires measure 235/55/17 on all four corners.
The cabin is upholstered in Charcoal Nappa leather (231) across the seats, door cards, armrests, and head rests. Extended Burl Walnut veneer accents the center console, dashboard, door handles, control panels, and steering wheel. Interior amenities include Mercedes-Benz stamped entrance plates on the door sills, heated seats, four-zone climate control, a power rear sunshade, and manual side sunshades for the rear doors. The original COMAND infotainment unit has been replaced with a Pioneer unit featuring bluetooth capabilities and connections for auxiliary cameras. In the glovebox is the original intercom system optioned for Guard vehicles allowing occupants to communicate outside the vehicle via a handheld device.
The leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel is mounted to a power-adjustable column and fronts instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer, a 6k-rpm tachometer, and gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. The digital odometer shows 28k miles, approximately 1,500 of which have been added by the seller.
The M113 5.0-liter V8 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Output was rated at 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque when new. Comprehensive service records are included in the sale and show a recent service in December 2021 consisting of a complete check and oil service in preparation for the sale.
This Guard-spec W220 shows 28,572 miles and is offered with comprehensive service records, factory literature, an original tool kit, original first aid kit, two keys, the original window sticker, and a clean Georgia title in the seller's name.
Mercedes-Benz started the Guard program in 1999 and since then more than 90 countries have trusted S-Class Guards for general protection and safety. Multiple forums and enthusiast pages are riddled with stories and accounts telling the tales of Guards saving the lives of occupants and being very willing to continue through the toughest conditions. A few accounts even talk about rockets and RPG’s having a difficult time stopping one of these modern day Panzers. While most of us will never see a situation when the Guard is able to prove it’s own, we have to admit the idea is comforting and at very least will deter the common window smasher or carjacker in major cities. Moreover, there’s undoubtedly a cool factor around the rarity and build quality of an S-Class Guard. This example is sure to find a fitting home no matter the intended use.
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