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LOT 9

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From the Estate of Two-Time Gold Medal Olympian, Bob Richards

1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
  • Equipped with the flagship 6.0-litre V-12 engine
  • The ultimate S600 in the rare, desirable coupe configuration
  • Incredibly well-preserved example, inside and out
  • Accompanied by a clean CARFAX® report

VIN: WDBGA76EXSA202640

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Touted as the most overengineered and expensive car Mercedes ever built, the S600 V-12 was handcrafted to thrill in performance and was far ahead of its time in every conceivable way. With road-chomping power from its 6.0-litre DOHC V-12 engine that churns out 389 horsepower and 421 pounds-feet of torque, this car can accelerate from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour. The adrenaline-pumping engine wrapped in timeless Mercedes-Benz luxury with unparalleled build quality, made the S600 one of the most sought-after luxury cars of the '90s. This low-mileage example from the estate of Olympian Bob Richards, is poised to deliver all the thrills that allured the likes of Michael Jordan and Freddie Mercury when it was new.

At the pinnacle of modern automobile engineering, the S600 V-12 Coupe had an entry price tag of $133,000, which would be $228,000 when adjusted inflation today. Over a billion dollars was spent on its development. The result was a truly handcrafted S-series Mercedes that executed every technologic and mechanical advancement the firm could conceive of. From the advanced parking assists, GPS systems, APS (auto pilot system), skid control, traction control, automatic suspension control and TELEAID emergency system, this car trailblazed all the advancements we have come to take for granted in the luxury cars of today. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the finest cars Mercedes-Benz ever produced that is only beginning its ascent as a rising classic. Although the S-series V-12s were incredibly coveted when they debuted at the 1994 Geneva Auto Show, only 8,573 coupes were produced over its eight-year run, compared to over 400,000 sedans, and they are all the more desirable today for their rarity.

From the estate of two-time Gold Medal Olympian, Bob Richards, this meticulously cared for German automobile has under 65,000 original miles. When Mr. Richards passed away in February of 2023, he left behind a legacy every bit as grand as his S600 Benz. With three Olympiads under his belt and two gold medals in pole vaulting from 1952 and 1956, he became the first face of the Wheaties box, an ordained minister; he even ran for President of the United States on the Populist ticket in 1984.

The enchanting Midnight Blue paint is in great condition, with very few blemishes; the wheels appear to have never kissed a curb and the engine bay is equally tidy. The well-kept interior invites the driver into unparalleled German luxury with burl woodgrain, tufted leather door panels, an adjustable, leather-wrapped and burl walnut steering wheel, clear and flawless instrument panel, and a sunroof equipped for a day of riveting and delightful cruising. The carpeting is in superb condition and the rich Parchment leather, with perforated inserts, is in fine condition aside from some minor blemishes on the passenger side adjacent to the door. A testament to the vast amount of research that went into the development of this S600 Mercedes, the cabin boasts heated, 12-way adjustable seats with three memory settings, countless performance and safety systems, electric rear window blind, dual climate control, AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo, soft closing doors and trunk, double-paned soundproof glass, burl wood center console in the rear cabin, heated exterior mirrors, and even heated washer system for the windshield wipers. You name it, this car has it. At the apex of Mercedes' best all-time hits, this car is the whole package with ownership lineage as impressive as the model itself.

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