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Autotrader Find: 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 in Nice Shape

If you’re looking for the ultimate Volkswagen, you’ve found it: a 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12, which is a full-size, long-wheelbase luxury sedan with a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine. This one is in excellent condition, with a beautiful interior and exterior — and it’s available for just $9,000.

In case you don’t know the Phaeton, a little overview: The Phaeton was a luxury sedan sold in the mid-2000s here in the United States, and it was intended to rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Naturally, the Volkswagen name didn’t carry the weight of the Mercedes-Benz name, and Volkswagen sold very few — and even fewer with the optional 6.0-liter W12 engine, which was effectively the same engine as you’d find in the Bentley Continental GT, except with fewer turbochargers.

This particular Phaeton W12 is in really nice shape, which is unusual for this model, as many have fallen into disrepair as they’ve gotten cheaper and maintenance costs have overwhelmed owners. The seller of this one notes that it’s “meticulously maintained,” and it certainly appears so, with no discernible blemishes. It’s traveled 105,000 miles since new, and it’s currently offered in the Chicago suburbs.

One interesting characteristic of this particular Phaeton is that it’s fitted with hand controls so a differently-abled driver can use the vehicle. The hand controls can be turned off, but they also make this Phaeton perfect for a car enthusiast with a disability … and a big maintenance and repair budget.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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