Lot 243 - 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 F1
|Odometer reading||60,900 miles|
|Result||Sold - £29,120|
- P30 AMG Performance Pack
- Comprehensive service history
- Cost in excess of £120,000 new
This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY
The fifth generation of the legendary SL series of two door convertible sports cars 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!
This stunning SL55 AMG is further enhanced by an F1 Performance Package denoted by the term, 'P30 AMG Performance Pack' in the build specification 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 SL55 AMG with the Performance Package also draws on its Formula 1 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. First registered on 22nd September 2004, this stunning example is presented in metallic silver with full black leather trim. Boasting a comprehensive history and last serviced in 2019 at 57,807 miles, this example has an MoT test certificate valid until February 2021 and is an opportunity to purchase a supercar which was in excess of £120,000 when new for a fraction of the price. One thing is certain – this collector’s car is not for the faint hearted.
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