At first glance, the vehicle pictured here looks like a regular 2007-2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, just like many of the S-Class listings you’d see on Autotrader. But it’s not: this is a 2008 Mercedes-Benz S450, and it’s a special model that was never sold here in the United States.
Back in 2007, when the then-new “W221” S-Class model debuted, Mercedes-Benz only offered the long-wheelbase version here in the U.S., and the base engine was a 382-horsepower V8. But in foreign markets, many smaller engines were available — and so was a short-wheelbase model that was smaller and cheaper.
One such market that got the smaller S-Class was Canada, where Mercedes-Benz offered a short-wheelbase S-Class with the “S450” designation, signifying a smaller V8 than the one we got in the states — in this case, a 4.7-liter unit with about 335 hp. In other words, Canada got an entry-level, smaller, less powerful S-Class than the U.S. did — and now this one is for sale on Autotrader.
Offered by L A Automotive in Woodhaven, Michigan, this S450 is finished in gold with a dark beige interior — not exactly today’s hottest luxury car colors, but fitting of a special, unique model like the S450. This particular S450 has traveled 78,000 miles from new, and the Carfax report shows that it was sold new in Quebec before eventually making its way to Michigan in 2016.
Now, this orphan S-Class is offered for $17,495, and it looks to be in decent shape — and while its differences from a regular S550 are subtle, you’ll probably get the occasional double-take from a serious Mercedes-Benz enthusiast. Find a Mercedes-Benz S-Class for sale