Mercedes’ flagship S-Class has built a reputation as being the model to introduce luxurious innovations that become the norm among other models and marques. The Sonderklasse, German for “special class”, is the full-sized Merc with top-of-the-line finishes and options, appealing to the executive since 1972.
The fifth generation S-class was introduced in 2005 as the W221 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show and made it to US shores early in the following year. Slightly larger in all directions from the predecessor, it was powered by a V8 with a 26% increase in power. The all-new interior exuded luxury at every turn. In terms of performance, the S550 completes the 0–100 km/h (62 mph) run in just 5.4 seconds, despite weighing over 5,000 lbs.
In 2007, Automobile Magazine named the W221 S-Class as one of its 2007 “All-Stars” over rivals from Lexus and BMW, and Car and Driver selected the S550 as the winner in a five-way comparison test of flagship luxury sedans, as did Motor Trend Magazine in July 2009 in a three-way comparison test, with the other two competitors being the BMW 750Li, and Audi A8L 4.2 Quattro.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 on offer here, comes from a deceased estate and has been owned since 2009. Please note, the son of the owner transferred ownership into his own name in 2018 to ensure an easy sale and transfer to the new owner. It was sold new in New Jersey and then traveled west to the second owner, our vendor, with 17,364 miles on the odometer and purchased under the Certified Pre-Owned programme. 28 service records are noted on the Carfax. The car is offered in generally excellent condition throughout with no scratches, scuffs or dings to the exterior and only minor blemishes to the wheels. The interior is in very good condition with negligible wear to the seat surfaces and carpets, having had overmats for the entire last ownership. The dash is in equally excellent condition, also covered for many years. Mechanically, the car is also in excellent condition with no apparent issues. The car drives wonderfully well, with a Carfax certified 31,000 miles on the odometer and is accompanied by the car’s original set of books.
Location: Venice, California