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Mercedes W140 S-Class {SE, SEL, SEC}

The full size "S-Series" W140 model replaced the W126 in 1991 and was in production until 1999 when it was replaced by the W220. The build quality is considered to be among the best Mercedes ever offered. The name "S-Class" derives from the german word "Sonderklasse" meaning "special class", or a specially outfitted car. The cars are commonly accepted as the Mercedes-Benz flagship model. All S-Classes were built in Sindelfingen, Germany.

In 1994, the traditional naming convention (numbers, then letters) was reversed. From then on, the long-wheelbase models (formerly "SEL") and the regular length models (formerly "SE") are both labeled with the prefix of "S" regardless of length.

The W140 brought in innovations such as double-pane window glazing, which substantially reduced outside noise from intruding into the cabin while, self-closing doors and boot lid, electric windows which bounced back down when encountering an obstruction, rear-parking markers which appeared on the rear wings and a heating system which blew warm even after the engine was turned off. The W140 is often known as the last Mercedes to be "over-engineered.

 

Mercedes W140 Model 'S-Class'
Wheelbase
Style
Code
Years
Model
Engine
Notes

119.7"

3040mm

Sedan
W140.034 1992-93 300SD OM603 I6 3L Turbo-Diesel
1194-98 S350 OM603 I6 3.5L Turbo-Diesel
W140.032 1992-93 300SE M104 I6 3.2L  
1994-98 S320  
W140.042 1992 400SE M119 V8 4.2L  
123.6"

3139mm
Sedan

Long W/B
W140.043 1993 400SEL M119 V8 4.2L  
1994-98 S420  
W140.051 1992-93 500SEL M119 V8 5L  
1994-98 S500  
W140.057 1992-93 600SEL M120 V12 6L  
1994-98 S600  
115.9"

2944mm
Coupe

2 Door
W140.070 1993 500SEC M119 V8 5L  
1994-99 S500  
W140.076 1993 600SEC M120 V12 6L  
1994-99 S600  
       

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