• Car For Sale: Michael Jordan’s 1996 Mercedes S600 Lorinser

Here’s your chance to lavish in the same seat that held basketball legend Michael Jordan

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Just like any other superstar athlete, Michael Jordan knew his sports cars and supercars. He’s known to have owned anything in between a Corvette C5, Ferrari 550 Maranello, slant-nosed Porsche 911 Turbo, Corvette C4 ZR-1, and the W140-generation Mercedes-Benz S600 tweaked by Lorinser.

The latter is now up for sale, if the ad on Beverly Hills Car Club is to be taken seriously.

The W140-gen S-Class is well worthy of a sports superstar owner

Car For Sale: Michael Jordan's 1996 Mercedes S600 Lorinser Drivetrain
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Mercedes-Benz assembled the W140 S-Class between 1991 and 1998. In that time, the luxo-barge from Stuttgart was offered with a six-cylinder engine, a V-8, and a V-12. The V-12 powered the S600 model, and it blessed the driver with 402 horses and 420 pound-feet of twist.

Engine 6.0-liter V-12
Horsepower 402 HP
Torque 420 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 6.6 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

According to Car and Driver, Lorinser didn’t tweak Jordan’s S600 mechanically, so all the tuner did was imbue the body kit (i.e. make it wider) and add a set of flashy 18-inch monoblock wheels to go with the custom dual exhaust setup.

Car For Sale: Michael Jordan's 1996 Mercedes S600 Lorinser Exterior
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Come to think of it, some of today’s tuners might want to sit down and take notes from Lorinser - that’s exactly how you customize a luxury car that’s supposed to offer some level of discretion with a little spice sprinkled here and there.

Interestingly enough, the car’s title is signed by both Michael Jordan and Juanita Jordan, his wife at the time. The ad mentions that the car went on sale on eBay on August 13, and the auction will end on August 23.

Quick cool facts about the Mercedes-Benz W140

Car For Sale: Michael Jordan's 1996 Mercedes S600 Lorinser Exterior
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  • The W140 made use of what Mercedes called Brake Assist System (BAS). The feature would engage during emergency braking to boost the bite power to maximum.
  • Mercedes-Benz debuted the ESP in 1995 on the S600 Coupé. Since then, the ESP has been licensed to other carmakers and has become the norm in new cars.
  • Also in 1995, xenon headlights were introduced, but for the low beam setting only.
  • Come 1996, the W140 was fitted with side airbags and seat occupancy sensors.
  • 1996 is also the year that saw the W140 receive automatic windscreen wipers and rain sensors.
  • Last but not least, the 1996 S600 Coupé was the first Mercedes to flaunt a GSP navigation system via CD-ROM maps.

Source: Beverly Hills Car Club

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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