16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 6

1998 Mercedes-Benz CL500
Current family ownership since 2001 and 34,000 miles from new

Sold for £13,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: J999 MMT
Chassis No: WDB1400702A400574
MOT: Feb 2023

  • Current family ownership since 2001 (with associated bill of sale of £40,000)
  • Extensive main dealer service history
  • Original book pack, period sat-nav, old MOTs, invoices etc
  • Brabus badging, 20-inch alloys and exhaust pipes
  • Entered from a private collection

“In this S-Class coupé, the Stuttgart engineers had left nothing to chance technologically and in many ways it represented a level of ambition they never reached for again. That alone is probably a good reason for buying one” (Martin Buckley, Classic & Sportscar, Nov 2019)

Allegedly costing $1billion to develop, the W140-Series of Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class was in production from April 1991 – September 1998 with the C140 Coupe version debuting at the January 1992 Detroit Motor Show. A technological tour de force renowned for its wonderful build quality and refinement, the flagship ‘Benz boasted such niceties as double glazing and self-closing doors / boot. Introduced in June 1996, the CL500 was limited to 155mph and powered by a 4973cc DOHC 32-valve V8 engine allied to five-speed automatic transmission. Between them the 500SEC, S500 and CL500 variants of the C140 achieved just 14,953 sales with the majority being to left-hand drive specification.

Ordered via Mercedes-Benz Diplomatic Sales, chassis 400574 was delivered on March 19th 1998. Finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic with Black Nappa leather upholstery and polished wood veneers, the four-seater was purchased by the vendor’s mother from Mercedes-Benz Peter Harris Ltd on 17th May 2001 for £40,000. The price paid included the fitment of a Tracker, Sat-Nav and the personalised registration number ‘J999 MMT’. Understood to have previously belonged to a lottery winner, the CL500 sports BRABUS 20-inch split-rim alloy wheels, BRABUS tail pipes and appears to ride on lowered suspension. Still wearing ‘Peter Harris Ltd’ number plates, the Coupe’s odometer reading has increased from 15,612 miles to a still very modest 34,000 miles over the past twenty-one years. Professionally dry stored since 2018, the Mercedes-Benz is expected to possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale. One of just twenty-nine 1998 CL500 cars currently known to the DVLA, ‘J999 MMT’ comes with its original book pack, 2001 sales invoice, MOT history and assorted bills / invoices.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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