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For Sale on AutoTrader: Hideki Irabu's Mercedes S500

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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg October 2011

For sale right now on AutoTrader is a 2006 Mercedes S500 that once belonged to former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu.

Billed as a Japanese Nolan Ryan early in his career, Irabu was a Major League Baseball pitcher who won the World Series twice in 1998 and 1999. Irabu will be best known for his time with the New York Yankees, but he also spent a few seasons playing with the Montreal Expos and the Texas Rangers.

Irabu was one of the pioneering players to make the transition from an early career in Japan to the MLB in the US. Before retiring, Irabu returned to Japan to play for the Nippon Professional Baseball league's Hanshin Tigers. On his return, he helped the Tigers win it's first league title in 18 years.

Sadly, Irabu passed away in an apparent suicide earlier this year.

His car is currently being sold out of Orange County Auto Wholesale in Irvine, Calif.

The car is a classic black on black with 33,555 miles on the odometer. The S500 is the mid range S class car from Mercedes, nestled between the S430 and the AMG S55. With a large 5.0 liter V8 engine under the hood, the S500 puts out 302 horsepower and is capable of a respectable 22 highway MPG.

Irabu ordered the car with the AMG sport package, and an upgraded Bose stereo system.

2006 was the last year for the Mercedes S500. The car was completely redesigned for the 2007 model year, and the big V8 engine was replaced with a new 5.5-liter unit; Mercedes renamed the car the S550 to show the change in engine size.

The dealer is asking $32,998 for the big luxury car and the compares really well with the estimated KBB value for a similar Mercedes S500.

See the listing here.  Check out the archived copy after it sells.

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