2001 Mercedes-Benz Brabus SLK 320 Auto (R170)


  • Desirable SLK 320 with Brabus features
  • Finished in rare factory colour scheme
  • Lower mileage example with just over 53 thousand miles displayed
  • ULEZ compliant

The Appeal

A solid, stylish roadster with respectable performance and revered build quality. Could it be anything other than a Mercedes?

The all new Mercedes R170 SLK was a continuation of Mercedes on top form, seeing yet more of the same quality found in the R107 and W124 series of cars that had come prior, but what made the SLK stand out was the all new metal folding roof system. It was a bold idea, but one that paid dividends and ushered in a new era of open top motoring.

Seen as the pinnacle and perfect middle ground within the model lineup, the SLK 320 certainly seems to be the popular choice amongst buyers at present with its impressive blend performance and practicality and at present, stands as a great value modern classic Mercedes. The example we have here however, turns that collectible appeal up a notch with some factory Brabus exclusivity.

Nicely presented in a rare factory specification, this lower mileage 2001 model is a great presentation of the lesser seen Brabus influenced SLK and as is surely enough to widen the eyes of even the most astute Mercedes enthusiast.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 30/03/2001
  • Supplied originally through Mercedes distributor Dick Lovett of Swindon at a cost of £42677.34
  • Copy of original invoice detailing factory specs and Brabus modifications
  • Just three owners from new
  • Mercedes service book present containing several stamped services
  • Accompanied by documentation for the tracking system fitted to the car
  • ULEZ compliant
  • Current MOT valid until April 2024
  • V5 registration document present with the vehicle

The Interior

  • Quality, well preserved interior space, upholstered from the factory in rare Siam Beige
  • Complemented with Birds Eye Maple trim throughout
  • Leather upholstery is of a marvellous standard and is notably lacking in signs of wear or patina
  • Impressively comfortable two tone black and beige leather seats in good form with strong bolstering
  • Seats have factory heating functionality
  • Four spoke leather and wood finish Mercedes steering wheel
  • Well upholstered door panels, also in a two tone leather motif with neat and simple door furniture and embellishments
  • Interior switchgear is in great presentable order and is all understood to be working well
  • Factory Mercedes radio head unit still resides in the centre panel within a wood finish fascia
  • Interior trim and mouldings are of a high quality throughout and present well
  • Chrome roll bars fitted behind both seats for improved safety
  • Variable air condition which is reported to be in excellent working order
  • Triple airbag setup
  • Nicely sized carpeted boot area with space saver wheel, tool set and factory first aid kit
  • BOSE sound system
  • Overall an impressively original cabin with very minimal signs of age showing throughout

The Exterior

  • Suave Bruno Sacco exterior styling
  • Finished from the factory in rare Mercedes Amber Red metallic
  • Paintwork is largely in good form although there is some light marking commensurate with age and some patches of lacquer peel found at the on the car
  • Full metal folding roof in colour matched Amber Red
  • Roof is in good working order and operates smoothly and efficiently
  • External Brabus chrome badging
  • Perhaps the stand out piece on the car from an aesthetic perspective are the Brabus monoblock multi section 18” alloy wheels, fitted from factory at a cost of just under £4000 in 2001
  • Wheels are in good presentable order with just some light blemishing in areas
  • Small scuff on the rear valance
  • An interestingly specced wholly presentable Brabus modified R170

The Mechanics

  • Fitted with the legendary 3.2 litre V6 Mercedes engine, seen as the favoured unit for the R170
  • Engine mated to an impressively smooth automatic gearbox
  • In good overall order from a mechanical perspective, with an impressively clean engine and surrounding engine bay
  • The 3.2 litre unit fires into life quickly and comfortably with a great exhaust note from the factory fitted sports exhaust system
  • A great driving experience is reported from the Mercedes, with respectable performance blended with a quality, comfortable ride
  • The underside of the car appears clean and solid upon inspection


Immensely popular in its day and rapidly appreciating on the used market, the R170 era Mercedes SLK is quickly becoming a sought after modern classic Mercedes. With respectable performance figures and that all encompassing folding metal roof it's certainly an appealing prospect and perhaps none more so than when offered in a rare factory Brabus influenced spec. 

Undoubtedly for one looking to get into the world of SLK ownership, this bold 2001 model with its Brabus modifications and low displayed mileage is too tempting of a car to ignore.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2001
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SLK Class SLK320
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 53,038 Miles
  • Engine size 3239
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Walnut Tree
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids from 3 bidders
  • fox.sel•••• £2,000 23/09/23
  • LEBONHV•••• £1,500 23/09/23
  • Barney•••• £1,100 22/09/23
  • fox.sel•••• £1,000 22/09/23

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