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Year: 1985
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 500SEL Sedan
Ext.Color: Pearl Grey met.
Int.Color: Light Grey leather
Mileage: 93,430
Trans Type: Auto
Very nice condition inside and out heavily optioned, one of the truly hand-built sedans,  these W126 series have tons of eye appeal and are still very luxurious, 1-family owned since new and athlete celebrity ownership.
1 key - 0 remotes
Price: $9,950.00 best offer


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andorite grey met. / charcoal leather, 7-spd. driver adaptive auto trans with direct-select

gearshift, 79,700 miles, built 08/2006, in-service date of approx. 10/05/2006, sold new in Ohio, new generation 5.5L DOHC

32-valve 90║ V-8 engine with variable valve and camshaft timing, 4V per cylinder, bore x stroke: 98mm x 90.5mm, compress-

ion ratio: 10.7:1, high pressure alloy cylinder block and heads, 382 hp. @ 6,000 rpm., 391 ft-lbs. torque @ 2,800 rpm., ME273

engine management, integrated sequential multipoint fuel injection and phased twin-spark ignition - includes individual cylinder

control of fuel spray, spark timing and phase, and antiknock, electronic throttle includes adaptive accelerator - which provides

more rapid throttle opening in response to the speed at which accelerator pedal is depressed, two high-energy ignition coils

and two spark plugs per cylinder with 100,000-mile spark plug intervals, magnesium 2-stage resonance intake manifold

increases intake runner length at lower rpm for improved response, driver-adaptive electronic 7-speed automatic, speed

sensitive rack and pinion power steering with integral hydraulic damper, aluminum body components starting with the hood,

front fenders, trunk lid, front crossmember and front subframe, Airmatic dual control driver adjustable air-spring suspension,

independent 4-link front suspension with anti-dive geometry and stabilizer bar, coil springs over gas-pressurized monotube

shock absorbers, independent 5-arm multilink rear suspension with aluminum links and wheel-hub carriers, geometry for anti-

squat and alignment control, and stabilizer bar, separate coil springs and gas-pressurized monotube shock absorbers, 4-wheel

electrohydraulic power-assisted 4-wheel cross drilled and internally ventilated disc brakes with 4-piston calipers, ABS and Brake

Assist (senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal, and immediately applies maximum

available power boost, potentially reducing the overall stopping distance by eliminating the delay caused by a common human

tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough), floating front and rear calipers, ASR traction control, hill ascent assist, stability

control, limited slip differential, ESP-2 compares the driver's intended course, via steering and braking inputs, to the vehicle's

response, via lateral acceleration, rotation (yaw) and individual wheel speeds, ESP-2 then brakes individual front or rear wheels

and/or reduces excess engine power as needed to help correct understeer (plowing) or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP-2 incorporates

the functions of ASR traction control, which senses drive wheel slip and individually brakes the slipping wheel or wheels, and/or

reduces excess engine power, until control is regained, (SBC) Electronic Sensotronic Brake Control more precisely controls brake

pressure at each wheel during normal braking, emergency stopping and during ESP activity, automatic brake drying applies the

brakes lightly and briefly based on windshield wiper use and driver braking intervals, to reduce moisture on the brake surfaces in

wet weather, predictive brake priming sets the brake pads nearer the discs when the driver quickly releases the accelerator, for

faster brake response, Mercedes-Benz integrated Pre-Safe restraint system - occupants have 10-way protection from 8 total airbags,

driver and front passenger are each provided with a front air bag with with multi-stage deployment, a full-length head-protecting

curtain side airbag and a 3-point seat belt with an emergency tensioning device (ETD) and belt force limiter, each rear passenger

is provided with a side-panel-mounted side-impact air bag, full-length head-protecting curtain side airbag and a 3-point seat belt

with ETD and belt force limiter, The revolutionary S-Class PRE-SAFE« system that made its debut in 2002 on the S-Class auto-

matically tightens the front seat belts during those valuable seconds just before a possible impact, and the front passenger seat

(and optional power rear seats) move to positions that can provide better protection.  If the system senses an impending rollover,

the sunroof also closes.  On the new S-Class, side windows also close to provide better support for the window curtain air bags,

and special seat cushions can inflate to provide greater lateral support for occupants and to help the side air bags provide even

better collision protection, triple rear-seat head restraints are manually adjustable fore-aft and are electronically driver-retractable

for improved rearward vision when the rear seats are unoccupied.

Options: (321) AMG Sport package: AMG body styling, 19" Sport rims ($5,630.00), (289) wood & leather steering wheel ($560.00),

Premium 2 package (heated & ventilated power seats & 3-position memory, NAV, Sirius satellite radio, parktronic, premium leather,

keyless-go), rear window sunshade,, BlueTooth phone, hand polished gloss finish cherry interior trim, COMAND system with AM /

FM / WB / MP3 CD & GPS NAV with an 8 inch color screen with 20G on-board hard disc, HomeLink 3-button garage door opener

seat memory package, 600 watt Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, dash integrated 6 CD changer, satellite radio an

element antennae, automatic ambient lighting from the roof, dash and door panels provides gentle illumination while driving in dark-

ness, night-time security illumination system, electro-luminescent dash with digital driver information center, ext. temp gauge & clock,

electronic analog speedometer, digital display for odometer and gear/mode selection, multifunction display is controlled with a center

console wheel controls to operate and display various menus and vehicle features: odometer and resettable trip meter, maintenance

system, tire pressure monitoring, engine oil-level check, and digital speedometer, radio station, CD player / CD changer, Mobile phone

book, trip computer (fuel consumption, distance to empty), vehicle reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings for

instrument cluster, lighting, vehicle & convenience features, Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System displays distance remaining to next

recommended maintenance service, indicates type of service due and provides automatic reminder feature when service interval draws

near, front center armrest with two-level enclosed storage and dual cup holder, factory alarm and engine immobilizer dual 14-way

power heated front seats with lumbar support and 3-position seat memory (which includes ext. mirror and steering wheel memory),

key dependent memory settings incl. steering wheel, mirror and seat settings plus climate control and radio settings, power tilt and

telescoping steering wheel, height adjustable front seatbelt anchors, height adjustable front head restraints, bi-Xenon headlamps

with active curve illumination incl. cornering lights and heated washers, power tilt / sliding tinted glass sunroof(s) with one-touch

express-open / close and sunshade, driver-programmable daytime running lamps, automatic lamp substitution uses a nearby lamp

if a critical bulb fails, touch turn signals flash three times with one touch of turn-signal lever (for lane-changing), rain-sensing windshield

wipers - infrared rain sensor automatically adjusts intermittent wiper frequency from infinite delay to constant wiping based on amount

of rainfall measured on windshield.

Auto-dimming electrochromatic interior rear view and exterior driver's side mirrors with integrated amber LED turn signals, dual

power mirrors linked to driver's seat memory and automatically heated, aerodynamic bumpers & side sills with integrated

projector beam fog lamps, infrared-reflective glass helps reduce radiant heat penetration, laminated side glass helps reduce

UV penetration, electrically heated rear window with automatic shutoff based on time, vehicle speed and outside temperature,

SmartKey remote central locking system integrates: door lock/unlock buttons, trunk opener, removable valet key and panic

alarm, driver may selectively unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or both doors plus the trunk/tailgate and fuel filler,

Tele Aid GPS-based stolen vehicle recovery allows law enforcement agencies to track and recover stolen vehicle, allows

owners to have doors automatically un-locked in the event the SmartKey becomes locked inside vehicle, and alerts Mercedes-

Benz to contact vehicle owner if anti-theft alarm sounds (2 keys and 2 remotes), Telematics 240 and 12, electronic parking brake,

locking trunk and gas filler door, dual zone auto climate control with carbon pollen filters and CFC-free air conditioning, storage

under front seats, triple chrome dash knobs and controls, chrome door sill kick plates, cruise control, power windows with express

up/down feature, pneumatic door and trunk closers, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and overhead map lights, 23.8 gallon fuel capacity,

EPA mileage estimates: (16mpg City / 24mpg Highway), curb weight 4,270 lbs., Michelin Pilot Sport tires (255/40-19f & 275/40-19r)

with Tread Depth Measurements: DF: 4/32, PF: 8/32, DR: 9/32, PR: 4/32 (10/32 is new tire tread depth), complete tool kit and spare,

checks out with Mercedes-Benz North America, clean AutoCheck report, 1 owner since new, always dealer serviced, went through

MBZ CPO inspection when we purchased it and most recently serviced July 07, 2017 @ 79,698 miles drives extremely well, a very

attractive color combo and a very rare exterior color, the right options with books, owners manuals and service records, leather and

carpeting like new, paint is excellent, no dents or dings in the body, no curbed rims, all glass is excellent, an extremely nice example

of the flagship Mercedes sedan, new MSRP of $96,175.00.

2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, The new benchmark
By: Tony Assenza

Having jumped into thousands of new cars over the course of nearly three decades, it isn't often that you're hit with a car so unfamiliar that it takes you a full minute to figure out how to just pull out of a parking spot. Encountering the 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 for the first time requires a recalibration of the "been-there, done-that" attitude and an appreciation of the fact that some people are still thinking hard and long about the nature of the automobile and where it's going.

To begin with, the new 2007 Mercedes S550 is without a conventional shifter. Selecting "Park," "Drive" and "Reverse" on the seven-speed transmission — that's right, seven — is the work of a tiny stalk to the right of the mighty steering wheel. The parking brake function has also been reassigned to a smallish paddle to the left of the wheel. No more ratchety E-brake noise on engagement. Instead, a solenoid somewhere opens a circuit and the parking brake is applied by silent electronic gremlins.

In the center of the console where you expect to find the shifter, you see instead a machined aluminum knob that acts as one of the four interfaces to what Mercedes calls its COMAND system, short for "Cockpit Management and Data System." The push-and-turn knob is actually a computer mouse that activates menus that appear on the 8-inch thin-film transistor color display screen in the center of the dash. The mouse/knob navigates you through the screen menus to control the audio system (AM/FM, weatherband, optional satellite radio, CD, MP3 or DVD audio, PCMCIA memory card slot and iPod docking), some seat functions like dialing up the aggressiveness of the seat massage feature, the navigation system, the telephone and address book, and a number of vehicle functions like the security system. Sitting above the mouse is an ellipsoid pod that opens up clamshell fashion to reveal the phone keypad.

Thankfully, the future comes equipped with backup systems, workarounds and alternatives. The mouse is only one of four ways of accessing frequently used features. There are a) conventional buttons that will activate functions directly, b) switches on the steering wheel and c) the voice control system if you get lost in the Matrix and start screaming for your controller to get you back to the real world. And no one would blame you for screaming. Learning to navigate all the systems is a little like getting lost in a house of mirrors. You find what looks like a way out and keep running into yourself coming the other way.

While the driver and front passenger can have fun pushing buttons, the rear occupants live in a limousinelike cocoon of comfort. They have their own fixed-glass moonroof, power-operated sunshades for the side windows and rear glass, climate controls, flip-down center console, power seats and enough head-, leg- and elbow room to qualify for a separate ZIP code.

No joke, you can put on a motocross back there. Or at the very least a Security Council meeting. And, of course, it's all done up in leather, highly polished wood and triple-chrome control buttons.

Maybe the two coolest electrogizmos on the S550 are the Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control system and the Night View Assist system. The easiest way to describe the Distronic Plus is to call it a cruise control with a tractor beam function. Once engaged at your chosen speed, a couple of radar beams scan the road ahead. If you're closing in too quickly to the car in front of you, the Distronic system will decelerate, and brake if necessary, to keep you at a safe distance. If you're approaching at a dangerous speed, you'll also get an audible signal to wise up and check your environment. If the car ahead accelerates, Distronic will also accelerate to match the car's speed right up to your preset limit. Granted this is a great safety feature but it also provides loads of entertainment on freeways and city streets. You find yourself playing chicken with the digital domain.

The other very cool feature is the Night View Assist. Unlike most automotive night vision systems that amplify ambient light levels, this system throws out its own infrared light beam. Two beams actually, one from each headlight assembly. The result is captured by an infrared camera mounted in the windshield and displayed on the instrument panel. The black-and-white video image of what's ahead replaces the digital speedo in the IP. There's something mesmerizing about that image. It's like being part of your own police chase or watching an Italian neo-realist film.

We were so impressed with the level of tech in the S550 we decided to solicit comments from someone who deals with some of the most advanced hardware on the planet on a daily basis. Our candidate was Craig Bomben, call sign "Bomber." He's a test pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Bomben flew combat missions in a Hornet during the first Gulf War and for him, dealing with electrowizardry holds more than a passing intellectual interest. He's out there at the radical fringe of technology separating wheat from what can get you shot down in combat.

The first thing that impressed Bomben was the S550's buttery-smooth power delivery and the massive torque. This is M-B's first use of its new-generation V8 engine family that features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and a lightweight crankshaft assembly. This engine and transmission combination sets a new benchmark for smoothness and rapid-onset power delivery. Conventional metaphors like "turbine" or "gyroscopic" smoothness just aren't up to the job of describing this engine adequately. Maybe greased pigs on a waterslide or Vaselined eels wrestling in liquid Teflon.

In testing, the 5.5-liter V8 with 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque propelled the 4,270-pound S550 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The quarter-mile flew by in 14.2 seconds with a trap speed of 101 mph. The quickest runs were accomplished by letting the engine and seven-speed transmission do all the work. Manually shifting by means of the steering-wheel-mounted shift buttons actually produced slower times, an indication that the shift algorithms have been massaged as much for speed as smoothness. In real-world driving on flat terrain, the engine is barely ticking over at 2,000 rpm at 80 mph, thanks to a combination of the 0.73-to-1 top gear and 2.65-to-1 final drive ratio.

The S550's 14-way adjustable, leather-trimmed front seats take 2nd place to no one. Not only do they have a nearly infinite combination of adjustments, they also have a heating and cooling feature and what M-B calls a drive dynamic feature plus a massage function. You can choose one of four massage levels from fast aggressive to slow and gentle. Some drivers loved the massage. Others thought it was like accidentally sitting on a live raccoon. The bottom and side bolsters can also be inflated to fit your level of comfort while the active lumbar feature fully inflates and deflates a lumbar bladder twice per minute to give the spine a subtle adjustment.

What knocked Bomben out was the dynamic seat feature that automatically inflates the outside back bolster under G-loading. You can dial up the level of bolster response under cornering from a vertical scale on the digital display by using the mouse. Take the S550 hard into a corner and the bolster cradles up against your back like a comforting hand. As you unwind, the bolster slowly deflates until the next corner. I asked Bomben how the seat compares to the chair in the Hornet and he said, "It doesn't have any adjustment. You get what you get. This seat, fantastic. It's like a G-suit."

As night fell, Bomben activated the Night View Assist and after a few minutes decided that he could learn to drive the S550 without looking out the windshield. "The clarity is terrific. It's better than the NVDs [night vision devices] we use because you don't get big heat blooms on this. Oncoming headlights don't blow out the rest of the field like an NVD would." And in truth, you could drive the S550 entirely through the infrared portal. All it takes is nerves, faith in the hardware and a very understanding insurance agent.

The concept of a truly active suspension system has been something of a Holy Grail for engineers since the invention of the decreasing radius curve. While the S550 doesn't reach for the stars like the old Lotus active suspension trial balloon of decades ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything that gets as close.

Conventional springs have been chucked in favor of an Airmatic System wherein four air bellows support the weight of the vehicle. Under lateral weight transfer such as cornering, the outside bellows inflate to reduce body lean by as much as 40 percent. The air is supplied by a compressor that produces 227 psi. A computer activates solenoids to inflate and deflate the springs according to road and dynamic load conditions. The driver can also raise the ride height by 1.2 inches by a button on the dash. At speeds over 68 mph, the ride height is automatically lowered by 3/4 inch and lowered 1/2 inch when the transmission is put into Sport mode. Pushing the air button repeatedly won't make the S550 buck like a low rider. We tried.

The suspension architecture is an impressive four-link front suspension and five-link rear. Bomben remarked on the S550's rapid turn-in and astonishing agility in corners. "It feels like a car that weighs a lot less." Mercedes' Electronic Stability Program (ESP) intuits the direction the driver wants to go and where the car is actually going. Using a sensor array that measures steering angle, yaw rate, G-load and wheel slippage, ESP will detect under- or oversteer conditions and apply the outside or inside brakes to maintain the intended direction of travel. On the skid pad, all that glorious hardware conspired to pull 0.83g. Not that long ago, a number like this was the exclusive domain of thoroughbred sports cars.

This latest version of ESP also monitors windshield wiper activation. When the wipers are on, the system automatically and imperceptibly applies the brakes every few seconds to wipe water off the rotors. This helps maintain full braking ability if it's needed. We clocked an impressive 122.7-foot 60-mph-to-0 braking distance.

The stopping power of the massive four-piston front calipers clamping against 13.8-inch rotors and single-piston rear calipers on 12.6-inch rotors is further assisted by M-B's BrakeAssist system. When the system senses faster-than-usual brake application, the brake booster automatically applies maximum braking effort even if the driver doesn't. It also ties into the Distronic system to determine if a collision is in your immediate future and applies the brakes accordingly.

When the question of safety came up, Bomben explained that the measure of last resort in a fighter is to abandon ship and float to earth. No such option is available in the S550. At least not yet.

What the S550 does provide is an eight-bag system that includes dual front bags, four side-impact bags (two for the front and two for the rear), two window curtain airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners for the front and outboard rear passengers and M-B's legendary cabin structure designed to reduce deformation in a collision. When deployed from the headliner, the window curtain airbag is a full 6 feet long, 14 inches in height and 2 inches thick. In its testing, M-B claims a 90-percent reduction in forces likely to cause head injuries in a side impact.

When we sat down for a debriefing that evening, Bomben summed it up by calling the S550, "The most technologically advanced car I've ever driven."

All we can say is "Ditto." By any measure of performance, luxury, safety and sheer technological prowess, the new M-B flagship has set a new standard. There's simply nothing else like it. At least, that is, until next year. That's when we can expect to see the V12 bi-turbo S600 with 500 hp. Until then, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 will just have to do as the world's new benchmark.

Picks:  Paint is excellent with no dents, dings or scratches, it shows only the normal light wash marks in the clearcoat, driver side door

has one touched up rock peck near the door edge, you may find 4/5 very minor touched up rock pecks on the front bumper cover, chrome

driver side door sill kick plate has the usual scuff marks from entry / egress, other than that this car is like new inside and out, non-smoking

previous owner, no dents, dings or body flaws, no curbed rims, always garaged, a superb example with recent service, just as nice as a

10K mile 2008 I recently sold, nothing else to reasonably fault. CarFax shows an accident 03/2014 - this car and another were turning

left and the other car (on the inside) came over into the lane of the S550 and hit the driver front fender and tire. Sine the wheel was turned

left the fender was barely touched but was painted - the tire took the brunt of the damage and that's why the vehicle was towed. Damage

was very minor but since police were called it shows up as an accident. Photos show the condition so please request and review them.

Numerical Condition Evaluation:

(1 denotes Very Poor / Item needs replacement, 10 denotes Excellent / Showroom New)

PAINT: 9.5
BODY: 10
TIRES: 6.25

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500-C North Congress Avenue :: Evansville, IN 47715-2493
(Office) 812-476-2281 :: (Fax) 812-476-2284 :: email me

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