Would You Rather Have A New Mercedes E-Class Or This Used S600 Pullman?

Okay, so you’ve made up your mind that you want a Mercedes sedan. You have about $70k to spend. So what’ll it be?

That budget would put you behind the wheel of a new E-Class – say an AMG E43 in the US, or an E400 in Europe (with its higher taxes). Or you could stretch your money a little farther, in one sense or another, and get this super-long-wheelbase S-Class.

It’s a 2002 Mercedes-Benz S600 L Pullman, to be specific – the very top of the line in its day. (Short, that is, of a Maybach.) Built as you see it in the factory (not converted after the fact), this Pullman stretches a massive 6,163 mm (over 20 feet) long – a good 710 mm (2.3′) longer than the current Maybach S-Class, or just 370 mm (1.2′) shorter than the latest Pullman model.

But with sixteen years and 64,000 km (40,000 miles) on it, this one is listed for €60k (or about $74k at current exchange rates). That’s roughly an eighth of what a Pullman would cost you new – now or then – or well short of half the cost of a new Maybach S560.

It’s been driven exclusively by chauffeur for the Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland, where it shuttled VIPs and heads of state around the swanky ski resort from 2002 through 2007. And it’s fitted with all the optional extras, not the least of which is the 5.8-liter V12 that was rated at 362 horsepower at the time.

These days, the E43 (that you could get for similar money) produces slightly more than that. But it won’t offer as much space as this extra-long limo. So which would you choose?

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  • LWOAP

    If it was the Pullman Guard, maybe.

    • Christian

      Nah…That shit is too heavy…I mean, how important are you? Who gonna shoot your ass..

      • LWOAP

        Tesla fanboys….

        • Christian

          Fanboys? In plural ? I’m just one person with multi personalities tho…Anyway, Tesla is boring and too green for me…

          • LWOAP

            Yes. They have an axe to grind with me for obvious reasons. One of them tried to convert me to the religion of Elon and then got violent when I turned them down.

            Those guys are crazy.

          • Christian

            I hate the extremist Tesla people! They can be dangerous ! I once saw one on a plane! I freaked out! What they can do in Elons name…

        • +1 Made my day

  • WHY COMPARE A STRETCH LIMO TO A MID-SIZED SEDAN?

    • Christian

      I know right? People still says their is only two genders..

  • kimbentsen

    New E-class!

    • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

      E400 Estate for me.

  • bxniels0

    W213 or S213 – No contest.

  • Shane

    This year has always been my favorite looking S class for modern times.

  • Bash

    Didn’t know that Putin is selling his car! 😀

  • Pretty sure not everyone in Europe can afford garage that long….