Unique opportunity: Mercedes S 600 Coupé from the Sultan of Brunei

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

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Sounds unrealistic? Well, Brunei’s royal family is said to have had a fleet of between 3,000 and 7,000 cars and motorcycles at its peak. The Sultan and his brother Prince Jefri thus created what is probably the largest car collection in the world between 1980 and the early 2000s. A collection full of myths and few facts. Presumably, the majority of the vehicles are still in Brunei, but every now and then individual cars can escape from Brunei.

S 600 Coupé with less than 1000 kilometers on the clock

1993 Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe'ex-Brunei Royal Family'

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

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

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

When the C 140 was launched in 1992, it was the brand’s ultimate luxury flagship. The beefy coupé version of the W 140 is 5.07 meters long, 1.91 meters wide and weighs well over two tons. At the beginning, the C 140 was only offered as a 500 version with a V8 and as a top 600 model with a V12, followed later by a 420. There is always confusion about the correct designation, because 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 latest revision can also be recognized by the new aprons, including the parking aid that is now standard instead of the dipsticks.

Former base new price of DM 221,950

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

1993 Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe'ex-Brunei Royal Family'

The 6.0-liter V12 delivers 394 hp and 570 Nm of maximum torque. Enough to accelerate the S 600 to up to 250 km/h.

The black/black example from Brunei has probably never driven so fast, because at 987 kilometers the engine has theoretically not even broken in. Both inside and outside, the right-hand drive S-Class Coupé is practically indistinguishable from a new car. The visual highlight here is of course the AMG Aero 2 rims with a painted star. The rest of the equipment is extensive, just as it should be for a top model. On board are: automatic climate control, cruise control, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, double glazing, rear blind and more.
There could be so much luxury at a comparatively low price, because in contrast to many sports cars and limited special models from the 1990s, a C 140 was not a good investment. On the contrary. The basic new price was a whopping 221,950 DM, while the estimated price is just 25,000 to 38,000 euros (22,000 to 33,000 British pounds).

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