• we chose this 1997 mercedes-benz s600 coupe as our bring a trailer auction pick of the day; the online auction ends march 3.
• it has a 6.0-liter v-12 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission.
• this example has 50,000 miles on the odometer and is located in ohio.
the w140 mercedes-benz s-class doesn't have the best reputation among s-class generations, as it was far more complex and expensive than its predecessor. but even if the more classically styled w126 model has aged better over time, the w140 is plenty interesting on its own—and we often forget about the relatively rare coupe body style, as exemplified by this 1997 s600 coupe open for bidding until march 3 on the bring a trailer auction site, which, like car and driver, is part of hearst autos.
we've been thinking about the s-class coupe recently, as mercedes dropped that variant altogether when it introduced the latest w223 s-class sedan for 2021. fans of big coupes were better off back in this s600's heyday: 1997 did technically mark the last year of the s-class coupe model line, but instead of disappearing entirely the big two-door simply returned for 1998 as the coupe-only cl-class. the cl moniker lasted for a few generations before mercedes changed course once again and brought this model back within the s-class lineup for the flagship coupe's final w222 generation.
this s600's naturally aspirated 6.0-liter v-12 engine also feels like an ancient relic. mercedes does still sell v-12 engines in certain maybach and amg models, but the company has discussed phasing out this type of engine entirely in the future.
while it's not as flashy as michael jordan's black s600 lorinser with chrome wheels that was up for sale back in 2020, we think this white over tan example looks clean, and it only shows 50,000 miles on the odometer. the bidding currently sits at $20,000 as of friday and bidding will end next week, on march 3, so go have a look if it strikes your fancy.