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1998 Mercedes W140 S280 Auto 89K - FSH - 2 Owners - Superb SOLD

Beautiful 1998 Mercedes-Benz (W140) S280 Auto (5)

Just 89,900 Miles - FSH - Just Two Previous Owners

Very Late W140 S-Class - Unusual Specification

Stunning 366 Azurite Blue with Full Mushroom Leather Interior


Date of Registration: 31st December 1998
MOT Expiry: March 12th 2017 (No Advisories)
Road Tax Cost: £245 p.a
Mileage: 89,977 Miles
Service History: Stamped Service Book (10 Stamps, Mostly MB) + A4 files of paperwork etc.
Last Service: Major Service March 2017 @ 89,969 Miles.
Keys: Two Keys + Wallet Key/Remote
Previous Keepers on V5: 2
HPI Status: 100% Clear (report included)


Driver & Passenger Airbags
Full Mushroom Leather Interior
Double Glazed Windows
Electric Adjusting Front Seats
Heated Front Seats Seats
Cruise Control
Digital Climate Control with Air conditioning (Ice Cold)
Illuminating Vanity Mirrors in Rear
Illumination Vanity Mirrors in Sun visors
Door Exit (Puddle) Lights
Electric Windows x 4
Remote Central Locking
Remote Boot Release
Variable Power Steering
Adjustable Steering Column (Manual)
ASR (Traction Control)
Electric/Heated/Folding Mirrors
Arm Rests Front & Rear
Four Headrests
Load Adjustable Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps
JVC Tape/Tuner
JVC 12CD Autochanger
Factory Tinted Glass with Gradient Band Windscreen
18" Intra (Quality German Made AMG Style) Alloy Wheels with Almost Recent Federal Tyres

What makes this car unusual (and ultimately more reliable) is DOES NOT have the following:

No Sunroof
No Memory seats


Originally supplied on 31st December 1998 by Road Range Mercedes of Liverpool, this is one of the very last of the W140 S-Class to be registered. It was supplied to an investment banker, and has spent much of its life in the Republic of Ireland, where salt isn't used on the roads in winter, which has paid dividends with this car. It was then later sold to a millionaire owner who lived in Northern Ireland, and it subsequently found its way to me, as he lent the car to his daughter when she came over to England, and who is well known to my mechanic; the conversation always starts "would you be interested in this nice old Mercedes".

This W140 also has quite a rare specification, which I think makes the car more desirable in terms of reliability. It hasn't got all the options that in my experience tend to be unreliable, that is there's no soft close, no parking sensors, no memory seats and no sunroof. Although the car can hardly be described as Spartan, I think its got everything it needs, but nothing it doesn't.

As with any well maintained W140, it's absolutely superb; 89,000 miles is generally regarded as nothing for one of these Autobahn Stormers. Also, even though this is the smallest engined variant of the W140, the car is quiet, more than adequately powerful and reasonably economical too, with around the 30mpg mark achievable on a run, and mid to low twenties around town. Considering this car weighs in at almost 2 tons, is quite respectable, and is further helped by the five speed automatic transmission with gives the car very long legs for motorway cruising. Also, being one of the last W140 made with the M104 straight six, it doesn't suffer the same "ills" as the earlier M104 engined vehicles (Wiring loom, throttle bodies etc). As is always said, its better to buy the last of the line models, as all the glitches of the early cars have been ironed out.

Bodywork is also very good indeed, which has been helped by the fact that the vehicle has spent much of its time in Ireland, where as I've previously said, salt isn't used on the roads, like it is here. I also think the colour scheme is one of the nicest for any Mercedes of this age; the Azurite blue contrasts beautifully with the mushroom leather interior. Obviously, as with any vehicle of this age, there are a few minor stone chips and marks here and there, but this is commensurate with the age of the vehicle, and it's looks still befit the near £50K price tag that it carried when new. Also, as with any car of this age, it has had paint for cosmetic reasons, but its been done well.

Many now concede the W140 is finally starting to realise its true potential as a bona-fida Classic, and I think that's down to being the last "proper" premium Mercedes, and the model that nearly bankrupted Mercedes as its development costs were enormous, and hence it was partly the reason why the company was sadly forced to circum to global economic pressures and cut their production costs, to compete with its rivals, something Mercedes initially struggled to do. In my opinion, the later S-Classes', although very nice, aren't a patch on the W140, and the W126 before it, and although these later cars packed with loads of advanced electronic gizmos that give a "whiff" of a quality product, that core build quality and feel just isn't there anymore.

So, in summary, if you're looking for one of these, with quite an usual specification which omits most of the items that tend to fail on the W140 you won't go too far wrong with this car; its got everything it needs, but nothing it doesn't!.


Unlike some, I don’t just simply go out, buy any old car, give it a good clean, then advertise it for more than the purchase price, disregarding any issues the car may have in the hope the new buyer won’t notice…I just couldn’t do that. The cars I source are carefully selected and I work very hard so that when my cars leave me, I have the satisfaction of knowing they are as good as they possibly can be within the constraints I have. As such I have many repeat customers and new customers that have been recommended via word of mouth…the ultimate accolade for anyone in business. To read more, see my website at - details above

Any other questions, please feel free to contact me at using the button below or on the details below. I'm a firstly and foremostly a true Mercedes enthusiast of many, many years, and a Mercedes Club Member, so it's a pleasure to meet and speak to like-minded people.

Finally, I'm situated in Keighley (pronounced keith-ley), West Yorkshire (Postal Code Area BD21) which is approximately 11 miles from Skipton, and 20 miles West of Leeds.

All major debit/credit cards accepted.

Thanks for reading my advert!

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Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 280
  W140 S280
Year 1998
Country UK
Region Yorkshire
Status Trade
Ref C871402

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