Lot 222 - 2001 Mercedes-Benz CL 600
|Odometer reading||60,266 miles|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
The CL Class is the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz car range. It continued to follow the same development cycle as the S-Class though riding on a shorter wheelbase and offered with only the higher-output powertrains. It was the first Mercedes to feature Active Body Control, Bi-Xenon headlights and, on the early V12 models such as this one, it employed Active Cylinder Control. This shut down one bank of cylinders under light engine loads enabling it to achieve better fuel economy than the V8 CL500. Not bad for a car with a six litre V12 developing 367bhp and yielding a Soyuz-launching 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds. It is as a Grand Tourer that this model is primarily designed for though. With more rear seat space than many executive saloons, a huge boot and a truly cosseting driving environment, the CL is one of the most soothing cars you could hope to take on a long trip. The performance is remarkable and the turbine-smooth V12 is, frankly, epic.
Resplendent in this rare colour combination of metallic Titanite red with Java/Cashmere leather upholstery and originally registered on the 1st January, 2001 to Neville Anthony Howard, it passed quickly to the current keeper, a country vet who maintained it in its current immaculate condition until today. Despite the low mileage, it has always been serviced by Mercedes-Benz main agents, originally in Gatwick and then in Guildford. Invoices are included illustrating a continued maintenance schedule and the original owner's pack is also present. Each year the manufactures warranty was extended to ensure that the car wanted for nothing. Upon inspection, the condition is exemplary. The rare factory period Nokia phone still works and even has the cellophane on its display. Key options include heated massaging front seats and a BOSE audio system. The hidden cassette player glides into view upon request and the first-aid kit is still in its cellophane along with an unused spare wheel and tool kit including a full set of spare fuses. The dished alloy wheels are all in good order and the exterior paintwork is excellent. The engine bay, amazingly, appears in the same condition as it rolled off the Sindelfingen production line. Mercedes-Benz really do make excellent motorcars.
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