The 1990s Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe was a handsome car, with stoic, boxy styling that didn’t need swoopy styling gimmicks to attract customers. The V12-powered "S600" model was the most appealing, with its larger engine and the oh-so-subtle "V12" badge placed on the C-pillars, behind the car’s rear windows.
If you share my opinion of the S600 Coupe, now’s your chance to score a cheap one. This 1996 S600 Coupe is the highest-mileage V12-powered car listed for sale on Autotrader, as it’s traveled nearly 200,000 miles from new — a big number when you’re getting an EPA-rated 11 miles per gallon in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. It’s currently offered by Kerry of Alexandria, the used-vehicle arm of a Chevrolet/Hyundai dealership in Alexandria, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, for just $4,955 — making it one of the cheapest V12 vehicles currently listed for sale.
According to the Carfax report, this S600 Coupe has lived quite a life. It was sold new in Miami, as many of these were, and it remained with the original owner until 2001. After spending a couple of years in California, it made its way to Cincinnati, where it was with one owner from 2003 until earlier this year. And now, it can be yours.
Given the mileage, it’s in unusually nice shape. It’s finished in white with a gray leather interior, and both the body and the interior look nice. The only noteworthy item is a strange set of sporty-looking aftermarket wheels, possibly intended for mounting snow tires.