It’s a LHD Mercedes-Benz luxury limousine, but you’ll soon forget how big it is once you’re in the chauffeur’s seat
WHAT’s IT like TO DRIVE?
The smooth surge of power seems endless from the 4.5-litre V8 thumping away in front of you, although the three-speed auto takes some of the sting out of the rate of climb – it’s slightly pondorous. Being a US-specification SEL, it’s left-hand drive and in something this size that format takes a little getting used to. But you’re quickly reassured by the assistance offered by the whine-free power steering system. The ride is superb – even by modern standards – and the car is well damped. It handles confidently without any worrying rattles or judders. The brakes are up to scratch too, and respond strongly without squealing or pulling to either side. A fresh MoT will be supplied on sale.
The paintwork was a little dull but would certainly respond well to the polisher, being in good condition. There’s no significant rust on the bodywork and all looks fine underneath. All the brightwork strips and detailing are in sound order too, apart from a few minor stone chips which should be easy to remedy. The chromework is good, particularly around the stacked headlights so it shouldn’t need any expenditure here.
HOW’s THE INTERIOR?
The seats and floor coverings are virtually as new. All the massive switches activate what they are supposed to activate, including the electric windows. All the gauges work well too. The chromed heat/ventilation controls are also in lovely condition. A non-original Blaupunkt radio/ cassette in-car entertainment system is fitted, but it works well and doesn’t look out of place.
UNDER THE BONNET
The vast engine and all its ancillaries, including the fuel injection system, look to be in clean order. Even though it had been standing for a while, the car eased into action after a couple of turns on the starter and all seems to be well, suggesting a low mileage. The engine soon warmed up thoroughly and there was no sign of knocks or wear. There’s a bit of tape around a battery lead to take care of, but otherwise the hoses are good and we could find no suspicious leaks – and we had a thorough look.
This car has obviously been loved, though there’s not a lot of documentation to support what must have been a rigorous service routine. Everything does look to be in good order and this could easily be given a little TLC to be turned into a show star. It’s not something to buy on a whim, but we’re sure many a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast will go mad for this car.