Lot 132 - 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG
|Odometer reading||78,250 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,520|
The Mercedes-Benz W209 mid-sized coupés were produced from 2002 until 2010 with the term CLK derived from Coupé-Leicht-Kurz (coupé-light-short) which, when matched with the AMG 5.4 litre V8 engine, delivers stunning performance. This AMG model has something of a Jekyll & Hyde character; smooth yet meaty when driven gently, eager, aggressive and almost NASCAR loud when stretching its legs in sport mode, with a 0-60 time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph. It holds four good-sized seats, a decent boot and the rear seats even fold to enhance day to day practicality.
This example has covered 78,000 miles and has had three owners from new, the middle owner having been a well-known children's TV presenter. The vendor acquired the car at 62,000 miles in 2010 since when it has been used sparingly. The interior is trimmed in a tasteful combination of black/dark burgundy showing almost no sign of any wear. Interested parties, we are told, will struggle to fault with the condition both inside and out, everything works as it should and there is not a squeak or rattle to be heard in the cabin.
This fine example has not been modified in any way, comes with full Mercedes-Benz service history until 61,000 miles and has been maintained by independent specialists since then, with genuine parts. At the last service, when a cam-cover gasket was fitted, the senior technician reported zero internal engine wear visible. The major 'spark plug service' was carried out at 68,000 miles, the brake fluid and transmission fluids have been changed and the tyres are the correct Pirelli items and almost new. The MoT test certificate is valid until late November 2016 and all previous test certificates are present along with a full book pack and both sets of keys.
The instantly accessible and barnstorming performance of these cars challenges any of their contemporaries yet they represent outstanding value in today's market.
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