SOTW: MERCEDES S-CLASS (W140)
Behold, the king of barges...
But I digress. There is, of course, a proper reason why we are prone to featuring large, luxurious and often German cars on Shed of the Week, one beyond simple predilection. And that is because large, well-built expensive cars can live a long life but, when they get to a certain age, scare Shed-gentiles off with the prospect of large running costs, which depresses the value of them. And makes them prime SOTW-fodder.
Of all these, the W140-era Mercedes S-class must surely be the king of barges and yet, until now, we have never crowned one SOTW.
The W140 S also straddles two Mercedes-Benz eras, being not only possibly the last hewn-from-the-mantle-of-the-earth Mercs, but also suitably high-tech, with double-glazed windows, self-closing doors and the first standard-fit dual-zone climate control on any Mercedes.
This particular car further impresses by dint of being a late-model example (and we all know it's best to get hold of something when all the bugs have been ironed-out - early iPhone users will tell you that).
But apart from that, this is surely one to get the pulses of all you barge fiends racing. Garlick is no doubt currently trying to work out whether he can justify an S-class and a Lexus...
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