Lot 322 - 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL55 Roadster
|Odometer reading||83,469 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,080|
The fifth generation of the legendary SL Series of two door convertible sports cars made by Mercedes-Benz was known as the R230. It 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 SL55 and SL65, both highly tuned versions of the SL500 and SL600 respectively. The SL55 was powered by a mighty supercharged version of the 5.5 Litre V8 which produced 493bhp and achieved 0-62 in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph (governed). In theory the SL55 could reach 190mph if the car was derestricted but for many the acceleration and top speed is impressive enough in its standard form!
The Mercedes-Benz SL55 is no shrinking violet but the previous owner of this car was not satisfied and wanted to attract even more attention, he enlisted the help of Pennings to convert his SL55 AMG to a recreation of the later Brabus SL65 Black edition, for which we are informed only one exists and is held in a collection owned by the Dubai Royal Family. The car today looks every part its £200,000 plus sibling, a real wolf in wolfs clothing with the SL55 still producing over 500bhp from the supercharged V8. Presented in red with contrasting, exclusive, black Nappa leather (a £2,000 plus option from new) and black alloy wheels. This SL55 has benefitted from eight stamps in the service booklet, six from the main dealer and two from specialists. We are informed the car was converted to the highest possible standard of Brabus Stealth style but it is noted, unlike the original SL65 Black, this recreation still retains the convertible hood which is so desired by fans of the SL Mercedes-Benz. Offered with a MoT test certificate, this stunning SL turns heads at every opportunity, it will be sure to do the same when offered on 24th November at the home of AMG Mercedes-Benz.
* Interested parties should note that there is a mileage discrepancy with this example which we are lead to believe is due to a dashboard change or electrical work between 2013 and 2015. *
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