Top of the Line and Top Quality: 39k-Mile 1997 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe

  • March 09, 2021
The Rundown
  • Just 39k Seller-Stated Miles
  • Stunning Black w/ Black Leather Upholstery
  • Amazingly Luxurious Yet Functional Passenger Cabin
  • Renowned Build Quality & Sophistication
  • 304hp 5.0L V8 Engine w/ 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Includes Factory Books/Manuals & Cellular Telephone
Why We Like It

Redesigned for 1992, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class models retained their driver preferred rear-wheel drive configuration and were measurably larger. Sedans were offered in two guises, the SE and long-wheelbase SEL, plus the short-wheelbase (115.9-inch) Coupe. A wide range of engines typified the Sedan range, while the S500 Coupe sports the top-shelf 5.0L V8 and the S600 Coupe is powered by the 6.0L V12 mill. Fast and sophisticated, these Mercedes-Benz greats were produced through 1999.

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top-of-the-line-and-top-quality-39k-mile-1997-mercedes-benz-s500-coupe00V0V 6RJ3eAgAlVQz 0CI0t2 1200x900This stellar 1997 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe is a top-notch, one-owner example in Black over Black leather with only 39k seller-stated miles of use. According to the seller, the car is a “…babied time machine,” with all options functional and original paintwork. In US tune, the 5.0L V8 delivers 304hp in concert with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and a window sticker accompanies this car, confirming the many factory-installed features and options.

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Valuation Verdict

According to the Standard Catalog of Imported Cars: 1946-2002, just 563 examples of the S500 2-Door Coupe were imported to North America for 1997. With its short-wheelbase chassis, fabulous Black-on-Black livery, and low stated miles, this is an outstanding and collector-worthy automobile that should also be very enjoyable to drive. According to Hagerty, a 1997 S500 Coupe should be worth $16,400 for an excellent #2 car and $29,400 for a concours-worthy #1 specimen. These values seem to be consistent with sales achieved at auction over the past several years. We think it’s safe to consider our subject car a 2+ and most likely a 1-, making it fair value at the seller’s asking price.

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