Spotted in China: W140 Mercedes-Benz S500 in Black
Published on June 10, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
A very dusty but otherwise clean W140 Mercedes-Benz S500 in black, seen close to the eastern section of the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing. The fine limousine seemed to be in reasonable condition. No visible rust, chrome still shiny and no missing parts, but it sure needs a good clean up.
The majestic Mercedes-Benz W140 S-Class was made from 1991 until 1998, it was the first S that was officially exported to China. The S500 was powered 5.0 V8 with 330hp and 480nm. The biggest customers in China were the Chinese government, state-owned companies, and state-owned hotels.
The government sold most of its W140 fleet in the early 2000’s, and many cars ended up on the private market. We have a small collection: green S280, S600 in black, Pullman S6000, S500 with W210 E, motorcade, motorcade, S500, crash, body kit, S500 in white, S600, and another S600.