5k: V12 Performance: 1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 W140

The Mercedes-Benz W140 series S-Class was the result of a decade of German engineering development, with cost overruns that allegedly leading to departure of Wolfgang Peter, Dailmer’s chief engineer.  The resulting car is a pinnacle of over engineering, over achievement and overall awesome, especially in the S600 flagship.  Find this 1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 for sale in Brookfield, MO for $7,000 via craigslist.  Tip from ANCMatt.

This S600 cost $130k when new in 1995 ($155k in today’s dollar)…so not only have the previous owners lost a combined $123k in depreciation, but also $25k in inflation related losses…plus taxes, luxury tax, gas guzzler tax…basically the an entire Montana city block worth of real estate value – gone!

This V12 powered brute isn’t done consuming cash from its keepers (you don’t own a car like this, you sort of keep it from harm for a few years and shuttle it from dealer to dealer for repairs) as the 389 horsepower 6.0 liter V12 is a complex machine that puts 420 ft-lbs of torque into a 4-speed automatic.  Performance of the 4800 lb sedan was sports car fast in 1995 and put most performance cars to shame with a 0-60 mph time of about 5.5 seconds.

Lose the silly c-pillar badges and this speedboat would be perfect for cruising.  See a better heavyweight contender? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com