Lot 221 - 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL 600
|Odometer reading||120,000 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,376|
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.
Presented in the beautiful colour combination of light metallic blue with silver grey leather upholstery, this example was originally registered on the 16th June 2000 at a list price of £91,120. The invoices included within the extensive history file of this three owner example illustrate a continued maintenance schedule totalling over £100,000. Also accompanying the car is the original owner's pack and an Mot test certificate valid until January 2019.The vendor informs us that this car is impeccable and personally describes it as a 10/10 example, having performed most of its miles on the motorways and A-roads. The alloy wheels are in good order and the exterior paintwork is excellent.
Mercedes-Benz really do make excellent motorcars and with the V12 power plant and pillarless design, this example is a clear favourite with Coupé fans and considered a desirable collectors car.
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