Blame Hollywood. That’s what I say when faced with a wild imagination and a heavily-tinted Mercedes limo up for grabs. I can’t help but wander off to a place where ex-KGB agents use stretch Benzes to kidnap opponents and visit political dignitaries on the same trip, and this 1990 560 limousine here on craigslist in Canada looks like a perfect way to live out any criminal underworld fantasies you may have (without the actual kidnapping, of course).
Wearing the desirable European-market glass headlights and sporting the must-have poles for telling the driver where the edge of the car is, this handsome Benz limo must have an interesting past. You can find Towncars with stretched proportions by the dozen, but Mercedes used for the same purpose don’t show up all that often. Given their popularity in Europe and Asia (heck, North Korea’s leaders have owned Pullmans for years, typically with bulletproof glass and panels), I’m curious what sort of backstory accompanies this particular example.
International intrigue aside, the 560 appears to be in sound condition. Blue leather seating surfaces are untorn, and the rear seats feature a sliding sunshade which both helps keep passengers cool and protects things like the headrests and seat-back tops from sun damage. With the European headlights fitted and the car being for sale across the border, it may have less-restrictive emissions equipment than what American models were saddled with. Although any power increased would be negligible in limo formation, it’s still a desirable “upgrade.”
Ah, but all is not well – the JVC mini-TV has gone missing. I don’t know how hard you want to search for one that will fit that (likely) real-wood cubby, but I’m sure eBay will turn one up once you confirm the dimensions of the opening. If you’re going to ride like a dictator in the 1980s, a suitable TV and VCR combo is a must. Despite being in Canada (eh?) there is said to be no rust on this Benz – the only question I have is whether the glass is as bulletproof as the mechanical components. Anyone know of a driver looking for work?