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Old 05-24-2006, 09:00 PM
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An S600 that James Bond would love!

On ebay of course, but look at the features;

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Other-Makes-S600-JAMES-B-ND-STYLE-GOODIES-S-CLASS-ELECTRONIC-SURVEILANCE_W0QQitemZ4642805128QQcategoryZ6472QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Old 05-24-2006, 10:31 PM
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Going again on ebay, second time I have seen it at least.

Case of where an owner wants $30k for a $15k car.
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:47 PM
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yeah but will it do the dance thing?

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Old 05-25-2006, 02:48 AM
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Its not even B4 Armored. I have to admit that I have somewhat of a facination with Armored S class cars. This car is a bit over the top though. This one looks like its looking for trouble or for a gun fight rather than to escape like most armored cars are designed for. I think this guy watched "The Peacemaker" too many times.

I have looked at a couple of Armored S class cars in the past. They are always "low key". Most of them were not S600's but the smaller engined cars as performance was not as much of a requirement as was being able to protect the occupants. The older 126's had windows that were thick lexan with only the drivers side window being able to be rolled down. The newer 220 based cars you can't even tell they are armored. 20 years of technology certainly makes a big difference. BMW even sells a 7 series guard model which is a factory armored car. Mercedes does as well and many firms do aftermarket armoring of cars which can easily cost more than the car itself.

While it would be neat to own one of these cars there are a lot of complications as well. In some cases the armor plate and kevlar coatings can get in the way of parts that you need to get to during repairs.
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Old 05-25-2006, 03:59 AM
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Look at those pictures. Have you ever seen a car more shy about displaying its license plates? I wonder if it ever had any. You could probably run it for five years on dealers plates in California.

Strange remarks about who owned the car, too. The pink slip would show.
I recall that car or one like it, up for sale many years ago

Just what you need to avoid rocket launcher attacks from Georgian separatist Chechens - in Fresno!! Back in 1998 the President of Georgia was in one of these armored W140 sedans and DID survive a rocket attack on his car.

All that Code 3 stuff is illegal from the getgo, in California. It's prohibited by the California Vehicle Code, except in Law Enforcement vehicles.

And if he is a dealer, and charges smog fees, it is HIS responsible to furnish the smog certificate.

All that weight will really slow the car down though it could probably still smoke (sorry) a W123 diesel automatic at the stoplight drags.
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:38 PM
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The whole point of having armor on the car is so people don't know its amored. Think about it you know its an amored car so insted of attacking with small arms you bring out an RPG, or a LAW.

I'd love to get an amored car one day just for fun, they are heavy and drive like crap though. It would be a neat toy to have for a bit.
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:43 AM
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The whole point of having armor on the car is so people don't know its amored. Think about it you know its an amored car so insted of attacking with small arms you bring out an RPG, or a LAW.

I'd love to get an amored car one day just for fun, they are heavy and drive like crap though. It would be a neat toy to have for a bit.
Actually a weak point on most armored cars is the door seams. At close range a high powered weapon aimed at the door seams can go right into the passengers compartment. As you said the element of surprise is critical to the operation of these vehicles. Part of any drivers training is to get the car moving ASAP if they are being fired on. That makes those critical shots nearly impossible even if your right up on the vehicle.

Many of the custom armored cars used by governments are destroyed after their useful service life to prevent their design flaws from being known to the general public.

I find them somewhat interesting but they become quite impractical very quickly. Its almost like driving a moving van. Braking and handling are very much impared. Even the big v8's have a diesel like feel because of the weight.

The S class is the most popular choice for diplomatic cars because it handles well before the conversions and has several strong engine choices. Some cars become quite unsafe with the extra weight especially in a situation where the car needs to escape a situation. Its no good to get your VIP away from an assasination attempt only to kill them "lady di" style in an accident.
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Old 05-26-2006, 11:21 PM
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Correct the whole point of an armored car is to leave the area fast. Foot to the floor and ram whatever is in the way.

I suspect the trucks do better, especialy these days with the modern lighter materials. Really all you need to stop is a 7.62 or 5.49(Think 5.49) because chances are its eitehr going to be an AK47 or 74 shooting at you.
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Old 05-27-2006, 01:00 AM
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armored 600

at the shop where i work we service a 600, we have only one hoist that will lift it. as mentioned in an earlier thread it definately drives like a tank, if it had anything less than a v-12 it probably wouldn't move at all. it is a pretty standard car other than-
armored glass
kevlar covering the entire floor pan
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:10 PM
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Most of the B4 armored S class cars I have seen have not been S600's. I have seen a 126 380SEL and a 220 S430. Most of them are designed as people haulers rather than performance cars.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:49 PM
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Most of the B4 armored S class cars I have seen have not been S600's. I have seen a 126 380SEL and a 220 S430. Most of them are designed as people haulers rather than performance cars.
part of the protecting aspect is having the abillity to get the occupants out of danger, so performance is needed,
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Old 05-28-2006, 05:21 PM
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part of the protecting aspect is having the abillity to get the occupants out of danger, so performance is needed,
Keep in mind that every ton of car that you speed up you have to also slow down and get around curves. Skidding out of control and killing your occupants in a crash only helps serve your attackers needs.

Im not sure what engine Lady Di's 140 had it in but it had enough power so that her trained chauffer lost control of the car in a high speed chase killing most of the occupants of the car.
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Old 05-28-2006, 05:26 PM
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Keep in mind that every ton of car that you speed up you have to also slow down and get around curves. Skidding out of control and killing your occupants in a crash only helps serve your attackers needs.

Im not sure what engine Lady Di's 140 had it in but it had enough power so that her trained chauffer lost control of the car in a high speed chase killing most of the occupants of the car.
that is true, i was surprised at the damage to her car, wasn't it a 280S?
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Old 05-28-2006, 05:26 PM
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They were in an S280 AFAIK, the 240D of the W140 line. Hotel car.
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what is AFAIK?

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