The asking price is $300,000 for both cars, and the ad is rather popular on eBay right now. As we are writing this, 106 people are watching the ad, and the website says 69 people viewed the ad per hour. This is not uncommon when it comes to rare vehicles, especially ones with high asking prices.
As you can see in the ad and the photo gallery, there are two Mercedes-Benz W140 S-Class models. Unfortunately, they are not identical, but are close concerning mileage and condition.
The black example is a V12 model with the large wheelbase. That would make it a 600SEL. Meanwhile, the white one is a V8 model with the regular wheelbase, called a 400SE in Mercedes-Benz’s naming chart for the time.
The W140 generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class witnessed the nomenclature change of the brand, as the models in the range changed names by moving the corresponding letter before the engine badge. So the 500SE became the S500, and so on.
The W140 series was built in 432,742 examples, out of which 406,710 were sedans. So these two cars are not exactly rare or uncommon. In fact, the only thing that might justify their value is the fact that they are entirely original, have an extremely low mileage, and are in a condition unmatched by other W140s on the market.
Unfortunately, cars which have been kept sitting still usually provide nasty experiences once they get moving, unless their owners have meticulously replaced fluids, gaskets, and bushings over the years.
The other issue with buying these cars would be the massive drop in value if you drove them, as they would steadily become regular W140 Mercedes-Benz models once you start putting miles on the odometer. However, there is still a part of us that makes us wonder what it would be like to drive a pristine W140 today.