Distinctive alternative: Mercedes S 600 Coupe from the Sultan of Brunei

Too many cars and not enough time to drive them? This can happen when you own multiple cars! Sure, a pure luxury problem – but one or the other may know it. Now imagine that the collection includes approximately 3,000 to 7,000 vehicles. So it is not surprising that not all of them can be transported regularly.

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look unrealistic? Well, it is said that the fleet of Brunei’s royal family numbered between 3,000 and 7,000 cars and motorcycles at its peak. Between 1980 and the early 2000s, the Sultan and his brother Prince Jefri created probably the world’s largest car collection. A collection full of legends and few facts. Presumably the majority of vehicles are still in Brunei, but every now and then individual cars can escape from Brunei.

S 600 Coupe with less than 1,000 km clock

1993 Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe 'The Former Royal Family of Brunei'

Unbelievable: the analog speedometer only shows 613 miles. This corresponds to the equivalent of 987 kilometers.

We’re talking about the 1993 S-Class Coupé. The S 600 is said to have been one of more than 500 Mercedes parked in the royal car garage. In 2021, after 28 years, the luxury coupe with a V12 engine was imported to Great Britain. Unbelievable: 613 miles, or roughly 987 kilometres. This corresponds to an average mileage of only 35 kilometers per year – one of the problems you encounter when owning several thousand cars.
According to “Historics Auctioneers”, this could be the Mercedes C 140 with the lowest mileage in the world. Despite the lower mileage, the S 600 should be ready for immediate use, due to the fact that it was extensively repaired after arriving in Great Britain and also received a new TÜV approval (called MOT in the UK).
1993 Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe 'The Former Royal Family of Brunei'

The color combination of black on the outside and black on the inside is classic. As a right-hand drive, the S 600 is somewhat uninteresting for German customers.

When the C 140 was launched in 1992, it was the leading luxury brand. The thicker coupe version of the W 140 is 5.07 meters long, 1.91 meters wide and weighs more than two tons. Initially, the C 140 was offered only as a 500 version with a V8 engine and as a top model 600 with a V12 engine, later followed by the 420. There is always confusion about the correct nomenclature, as it changed several times during the construction period. Initially marketed as the SEC, the C 140 was called the S-Class Coupé until 1996 and the CL from 1996. The latter revision can also be recognized by new aprons, including a parking assist that is now standard in place of the dipsticks.

The previous new base price is DM 221,950

The new price of the S 600 Coupe is amazing. With a base price of DM 221,950, it was more expensive than the 600 SL or the 600 SEL. All three are based on a 6.0-liter V12 engine (M 120) with 394 hp and a maximum torque of 570 Nm. A four-speed automatic was installed until summer 1995 (later a five-speed automatic). The S 600 Coupe accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds and runs an electronically limited 250 km / h.

1993 Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe 'The Former Royal Family of Brunei'

The 6.0-liter V12 engine generates 394 horsepower and 570 Nm of maximum torque. It is enough to accelerate the S 600 up to 250 km / h.

It is possible that the black / black example from Brunei never drove so fast, because at 987 kilometers the engine did not theoretically break. Inside and out, the right-hand drive S-Class Coupe is indistinguishable from the new car. The visible feature here is of course the AMG Aero 2 tires with a painted star. The rest of the equipment is extensive, just as it should be for the top model. On board: automatic climate control, cruise control, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, double glazing, rear curtain and more.
There can be plenty of luxury at a relatively low price, because unlike many sports cars and special limited models from the ’90s, the C 140 wasn’t a good investment. exactly the contrary. The new base price was a whopping DM 221,950, while the estimated price is just €25,000 to €38,000 (£22,000 to £33,000).

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