The CLK ushered in an entirely new market sector when introduced by Mercedes. With E-Class influence design and amenities but a chassis based on the smaller C-Class model, the CLK became the first in what would become a long line of midsize luxury convertibles and what would quickly go on to become of Mercedes most popular model lines. The CLK was naturally well appointed and a solid performer on the road and none more so than when in top flight AMG specification.
When those three all important letters get stuck onto a Mercedes model good things tend to happen and the CLK 55 AMG is no exception. With a thunderous 5.4 litre V8 engine at the front and a that same Mercedes build quality everywhere else, the CLK 55 was in no time well appreciated among enthusiasts and today stands as a rapidly appreciating slice of modern classic Mercedes, with demand seemingly on a rapid high among collectors.
This 2003 CLK is a first year second generation CLK, boasting vastly improved modern styling over its forebear. In a suave, timeless factory specification it certainly looks the part and has been exceptionally well preserved through the years, having been recently serviced by a Mercedes Benz specialist. With a host of invoices for other recent mechanical work also present, the CLK we have here is ready to go and enjoy life as it so deserves as a V8 super cabrio with a new loving owner.
The History and Paperwork
First registered 24/09/2003
Backed by a solid history file dating right up until the most recent service in July 2023
Mercedes service book present with stamped services up to 73,493 miles; around 300 miles ago
Accompanied by a solid selection of invoices for work performed under the car’s current and previous ownership
Long MOT valid until September 2024
As we understand the car previously wore the private registration mark S18 BYS but now stands on its original YC53 FXN plate
Dry stored by both the current and previous owner
V5 registration document present with the vehicle
Exceptionally well presented interior space, impressively well preserved and in extremely clean order throughout
High quality grey upholstery, much of which has been recently treated with leather cleaner by the current owner
Well sized cabin with room for four
Excellent leather seating in both the front and rear, in great order and notably limited in signs of age or patina
Dash is of a similarly high quality and lacks signs of sun fading or damage
Good quality central entertainment and navigation screen situated within a contrasting metal finish fascia panel
Interior switchgear is in fine fettle throughout and is all understood to be in working order
Well sized carpeted boot area
Mercedes first aid kit, fire extinguisher and tire compressor all reside under the boot floor and looks almost as if they have never been touched with much of it still in protective plastic wrap
Four spoke leather Mercedes steering wheel with in built controls
BOSE factory sound system
Well upholstered leather door panels with high quality door furniture and trim
First year of the second generation CLK, meaning vastly improved and modernised exterior styling which still looks fresh today
Finished in a suave, timeless silver external colour scheme a wonderful compliment to the grey interior colouring
Paintwork is of a marvellous standard throughout and has clearly benefited from being dry stored by both the current and previous owners
Very little if anything to be seen in the way of age related marking on the bodywork
Subtle styling tweaks and badging to denote this as the AMG variant of the CLK
Comes with a contrasting navy blue soft top roof, which stands in great clean order with a high quality finish to the upholstery
The roof itself is in good working order and operates smoothly
External trim and body mouldings are in fine fettle throughout
Four 18” AMG alloy wheels reside at ground level, in good presentable shape with just light blemishing and patina in some areas
All four wheels are shod to quality Michelin Pilot Sport tyres for improved road holding
AMG embossed exhaust tips
Mated to a vast 5.4 litre AMG tuned V8 engine
Incredibly capable with impressive performance figures suggesting a 0-60 time somewhere in the region of 5 seconds
Engine is mated to a quality automatic transmission
Most recent service performed around 300 miles and just a matter of weeks ago in July 2023
Fitted with new front shock absorbers in mid 2022
A gearbox electrical plug has also been replaced to rectify a developing oil leak
The engine and surrounding engine bay on this particular example present in very clean order and are yet another sign of careful enthusiast ownership
The Merc fires into life quickly and comfortably and is said to provide an exhilarating driving experience, something arguably done by an AMG
Is the second generation CLK 55 primed to become the next big collector Mercedes? Quite possibly.
It's a model that ticks all of the boxes the discerning Mercedes collector looks for in a modern classic and comes wrapped up in a suave, entirely usable package. This well presented, freshly serviced, lower mileage CLK 55 AMG is certainly one of the better examples out there, and at present, stands as a wonderful way into the world of modern classic performance Mercedes ownership.
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