Luxury and technology: Mercedes-Benz S-Class W 140

The S-Class model series 140 is a superlative Mercedes-Benz. 25 years ago it was premiered at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show. Its developers concentrated on maximum comfort, for example through generous dimensions and double glazing for optimised acoustic insulation.

Plus there were numerous systems supporting the driver. In addition it was the brand’s first series-production passenger car to be available with a twelve-cylinder engine. The model series 140 placed itself at the service of a future which is the present today: as early as the 1990s a technology platform tested autonomous driving.

“With the new S-Class, Mercedes is again demonstrating its claim to have invented the car and that it builds the best car in the world. When faced with a 400 SEL one cannot help but say: the claim is probably justified.” This is what the German specialist magazine “mot” wrote in 1991 on the occasion of the unveiling of the model series 140, summarising a widely held view. Once more this S-Class comprised the entire corporate knowledge on all aspects of the car – that only its inventor can possess.

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