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2003 MERCEDES-BENZ (W220) S500

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This 2003 Mercedes-Benz S500 is a stylish luxury saloon, packed with sophisticated convenience and comfort equipment, with a smart factory specification. Under the bonnet sits a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine producing 302bhp, coupled to a smooth five-speed automatic transmission. The odometer currently indicates 112,486 miles from new.

First registered in December 2003, this S-Class has just two previous keepers on the log book, and was acquired by its most recent private owner more than 11 years ago. It is now offered for sale by the trade.

The bodywork of this S500 presents in predominantly good order, with just a few minor scuffs and blemishes. The vendor has reported a crease in the nearside front wing and door, though the body shows no signs of any major prior damage. The Blue Quartz metallic finish has maintained its elegance, now presenting with just small scuffs on both rear bumper corners and small scrapes on the door, likely caused in tight car parks. The vendor has also reported slight corrosion within the wheel arches and a scratch on the boot lid. The car rides on the original 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, which are in good general order.

Moving inside, the Alpaca Grey leather upholstery presents with some wear commensurate with the car’s mileage, but remains in good order considering its originality. The floor mats have some more noticeable wear and staining, though of course could be replaced in the future. Walnut inlays around the cabin are in good order, while the steering wheel rim has some obvious discolouration.

All of the switchgear presents well, and there are no known faults other than an inoperative start/stop button on the gear lever – however the car starts first time using either of the two keys. The car comes equipped with dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, and an electric tilt-and-slide sunroof.

It is not known when the last service took place as unfortunately all of the handbooks and literature for the car have been misplaced. However, bidders can review the car’s online MOT history to review the mileage accrual, which shows it has been on the road continually, with annual tests between 2006 and the present day.

The most recent MOT test was on 27 October 2020 at 112,484 miles, when it achieved a first-time pass with no advisories. Furthermore, it has only failed an MOT test three times, due to incorrectly spaced registration plates, as well as front tyre wear in 2009. The wheels are currently shod in Bridgestone tyres at the front and Rapid P609 tyres at the rear, in the correct fitment of 245/45/R18 all round.

This Mercedes-Benz S500 is a smart example of a well-appointed and incredibly refined saloon, which boasts a high level of equipment and an elegant colour scheme, and which is covered by a recent advisory-free MOT certificate. A luxurious modern classic, this could prove to a rewarding and good value purchase for its next owner.

The description of this auction lot is, to the best of the seller's knowledge, accurate and not misleading. Collecting Cars requests a range of detail about the lot from the seller, and performs a level of due diligence through HPI checks and MOT history where available. However, bidders must satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of the description, and conduct any research they feel is necessary before committing to a bid. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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