Lot 221 - 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG F1 Performance Package
|Odometer reading||47,000 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,240|
The fifth generation of the legendary SL series of two-door convertible sports cars featured a fully retractable hardtop that was marketed as the Vario Roof; a first for the SL class although it had been available on the smaller SLK model since 1997. The flagship models were built by AMG in the form of the SL 55 (a highly tuned version of the SL 500) with each engine individually hand assembled and signed by the technician.
The SL 55 AMG is further enhanced by an F1 Performance Package offering a truly dynamic driving experience; this high performance version of the roadster is closely derived from the official FIA Safety Car for 2002. The enhanced dynamic characteristics relate to an extensive range of revisions to its body - engine cooling system, brakes and suspension. Larger cooling-air intakes and an additional engine-oil cooler ensure that the AMG V8 super-charged engine is maintained at the optimum operating temperatures during aggressive driving. The SL 55 AMG with the Performance Package also draws on its F1 counterpart when it comes to the chassis set-up, together with the choice of wheels and tyres. The Mercedes-Benz AMG engineers based the configuration on the set-up used by official FIA Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer on all the F1 Grand Prix circuits.
Originally registered on 24th May 2006, this stunning SL 55 AMG has covered 47,000 miles and has a full service history. It is finished in Tektite grey with black Nappa leather trim complemented by carbon fibre and an alcantara roof lining. Aesthetically, this Mercedes-Benz is delightful; however, the real beauty of this car is when the V8 engine bursts into life and with 525bhp at your disposal, an exciting drive is guaranteed. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 19th May 2016; available at a fraction of the cost when new, this AMG F1 Pace Car is not for the faint hearted.
Interested parties should note that the current number plate is to be retained and a new, age-related plate will be issued instead.