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1992 Mercedes-Benz 400SE

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1992 MercedesBenz 400SE Sedan

Owned by Motown singer Chubby Checker from 1992 till 2015 (23 years of ownership)
Black Pearl Metallic (code DB199) over gray exterior
Gray leather interior (code 268A)
4.2L, 32v V8 engine (M119)
4GTronic fourspeed automatic transmission
1st title shows Ernest Evans aka Chubby Checker
Documentation includes copy of clean Carfax report, original owners manual, car care guide, maintenance book, airbag guide, dealer directory, theftdeterrent radio instruction book, original lease agreement and title issued to Chubby in 1995, after the lease ended. There are also copies of Checker's music memorabilia, including a box of his 45 records

In a twist of luck, MotoeXotica Classic Cars has acquired the car leased then owned by Ernest Evans, aka Chubby Checker, a 1992 MercedesBenz 400SE Sedan. This example was made in October 1991 in Stuttgart, Germany and was in Mr. Chubby Checkers ownership for 23 years (19922015).

The singer responsible for singing The Twist, Lets Twist Again and backup vocals on The Fat Boys cover of The Twist and many more songs, Checker leased this Benz for three years, beginning June 1, 1992. After the lease ended, on May 20, 1995, he owned the car for 20 more years, trading it in for a new Mercedes at the same dealership that maintained this car.

Finished in Black Pearl Metallic (code DB199) over gray on the outside, the paint and trim are in nearexcellent condition. The windows are clear and crackfree and in overall very good order. Interestingly, the rear window has no rear defroster grid. The cars lights are intact and crackfree and even sport washers and wiper blades. This Benz rolls on Michelin Primacy MXV4 radials, size 235/60R16 at all four corners, surrounding factory wheel covers. Both wheels and tires appear in good order. All of this Benzs body panels are straight and solid. The engine bay is very tidy and the bumpers fit tight and look great.

Under the hood with the threepointed star ornament is a 4.2L, 32valve V8 engine (M119) mated to a 4GTronic fourspeed transmission. The M119 engine differed from theM117motor in the following ways:

The engine block used asbestosfree gaskets and has better oil flow
The cylinder head was now afourvalvealuminum unit withdual overhead camshafts
The connecting rods were forged and enable cooling of the pistons with sprayed oil
The pistons were ironcoated cast aluminum
An improved vibration damper system was used
The aluminum oil pan had boltedon oil baffles to prevent foaming of the engine oil
The intake camshaft timing was adjustedhydromechanicallyup to 20 degrees:
02000rpm retarded for improved idle and cylinder scavenging
20004700rpm advanced for increasedtorque
4700rpm retarded for improvedvolumetric efficiency

TheMercedesBenz 4GTronic transmissionwas a hydraulically operated nonlockup fourspeed automatic and was calibrated to take off in second gear to reduce "creeping" and provide a smoother ride. The transmission will select 1st gear only if the selector is in "2" or in case of abrupt acceleration. Other attributes of this transmission include a 23 shift delay when the engine is cold in order to speed up catalyst warmup. Fourth gear is a 1:1 ratio, meaning that cruising at about 62mph generates engine speeds around 3000 rpm.

Inside, the gray leather front bucket seats are in nearexcellent shape. The matching gray carpet is in very good order, as is the complementing headliner. The twotone gray instrument panel, with its burled wood accents, looks fantastic and the factory, fourspoke steering wheel with its thick rim looks new. The inner door panels, mirror glass, center console and shift lever are all in very good shape. Even the rear seat passengers have their own air vents, however, the speedometer and odometer are inoperable and the factory radio is locked.

TheMercedesBenz W140was a series of flagship vehicles that were manufactured by the German automotive companyMercedesBenz. On November 16, 1990, MercedesBenz unveiled the W140 SClass via press release, later appearing in several February and March editions of magazines.The W140 made its public debut at theGeneva Motor Showin March 1991, with the first examples rolling off the production line in April 1991 and North American examples on August 6, 1991.

The W140 introduced innovations such asdoublepane window glazing, powerassisted closing for doors and trunk lid,electric windowswhich lowered back down upon encountering an obstruction, rearparking markers which rose from the rear wings (discontinued on later vehicles, and replaced with sonarassisted parking) and a heating system which, if desired, continued to emit warm air after the engine was turned off. For details like this, the W140 is often known as the last Mercedes to be "overengineered."

The W140 used a rearhydropneumatic suspension, first introduced on the W116 450 SEL 6.9 (introduced in 1975) to be used on the S 500 and S 600 models.


Documentation includes copy of clean Carfax report, original owners manual, car care guide, maintenance book, airbag guide, dealer directory, theftdeterrent radio instruction book, original lease agreement and title issued to Chubby in 1995, after the lease ended. There are also copies of Checker's music memorabilia, including a box of his 45 records.

Competition to this MercedesBenz in 1992 included Acuras Legend, Audis Quattro 4.2 V8, BMWs 750iL, Bentleys Turbo R, Infinitis Q45, Jaguars Sovereign and Lexus LS400.

The late Dick Clark once said, The three most important things that ever happened in the music industry are Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Chubby Checker.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 197,600 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE


VIN: WDBGA42E9NA034952
EIN: 119971 12 003890
TIN: 722366 03 629915

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