2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG (R230)


  • Just 2 former keepers
  • Impressive service history, with extensive maintenance
  • Offers incredible AMG performance, and signature Mercedes comforts
  • More than ready to be enjoyed, with MOT until June 2024
  • The car is ULEZ complaint

The Appeal

Produced from 1954 to the present day, the SL-Class is without a doubt one of Mercedes-Benz’s longest-standing champions, known for its luxurious, performance-oriented grand tourers. The SL55 sits towards the very top of the R230 generation, boasting a supercharged 5.4L V8, luxurious comforts as far as the eye can see, and iconic Mercedes-Benz styling. 

This sleek AMG has been enjoyed by just 2 former keepers, which in itself is surely a testament to just how enjoyable this machine truly is. In addition to boasting such a low owner count, this SL55 also comes with extensive history, reflecting incredibly attentive maintenance, and considerable expense along the way.

This SL55 AMG now presents a superb opportunity to enjoy the sunshine in style, with buckets of power, fun handling and superb levels of comfort.

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The History and Paperwork

  • First registered July 2003
  • Offered today with a mere 2 former keepers
  • Acquired by the current keeper in 2015, covering rather few miles in recent years
  • Incredibly well maintained, with extensive service history to note
  • Oil serviced carried out in Jan @ 135037 Miles using Mobil1 & OEM filter
  • Includes a vast selection of history and paperwork, consisting of the following:
    • A fantastic mixture of main dealer, and independent service history
    • A selection of previous MOT certificates
    • The original booklet pack, with 16 service stamps
    • The current V5C document
  • Holds a long valid MOT until 8 June 2024
  • Ready to be enjoyed by the next lucky owner

The Interior

  • Incredibly comfortable black leather interior, presented in great condition for the age and mileage, with only the expected signs of wear to note
  • Offers a rather high specification, featuring the likes of 
    • Electric adjustable seats, with heated, cooling and pulsating functions
    • Multifunction leather steering wheel
    • Premium sound system
    • Parktronic functions
  • With the exception of the CD changer, all switches and electronics within the interior are believed to be in full working order, including the retractable roof, and stereo LCD
  • It should be noted that although the mirror adjuster is missing, the windows still adjust and fold as they should
  • TPMS is showing all pressures, but the message is still on the display
  • All in all, the cabin offers fantastic levels of comfort and technology, with only light signs of wear to note. Perhaps most notable, is wear to the driver’s seat side bolster, and wear near the central hazard light switch. That said, these hardly detract from the overall comfort and function of the interior

The Exterior

  • Showcases Obsidian Black paintwork, which presents itself in fair condition with a small handful of the expected age-related defects. These include faded clear coat in areas, slight surface rust to the N/S/R quarter, and a scratch on the N/S/F wing
  • Equipped with the AMG styling package, which further expands on the subtle yet sporty styling of the SL55 
  • Equipped with the factory specified 18” five-spoke AMG alloy wheels, with plenty of tyre tread left to enjoy. As the images reflect, the wheels show light signs of age, although a professional refurbishment will no doubt yield spectacular results if desired
  • Overall, the exterior of this SL55 AMG offers a perfectly usable finish, with only the expected signs of age now beginning to show. That said, the incredible performance of this mighty machine tends to alleviate any aesthetic faults

The Mechanics

  • Powered by a handcrafted 5.4L supercharged V8
  • Offered in its standard form, free from known modifications
  • Incredibly well maintained, with regular servicing as denoted in the included service booklet
  • Runs & drives brilliantly, with the only known mechanical fault to be found with the TPMS, which is believed to require a reset following a recent battery change
  • Subject to extensive previous maintenance, rectifying common issues typically found on the SL55 AMG. This includes the likes of;
    • ABC system overhaul, including a valve block rebuild, new filter, fluid flush and new pulsation dampers
    • Fuel tank baffle repair
    • Vacuum pump rebuild
  • The vehicle was also recently treated to major service items, including;
    • A new primary Bosch battery
    • A new drive belt
    • Transmission servicing
    • Coolant & brake fluid changes
    • A new fuel filter
  • MOT until 8 June 2024
  • Ready to be enjoyed


This 2 former owner SL55 presents an excellent opportunity to experience some of AMG’s finest work, with plenty of power, balanced handling and abundant creature comforts at your fingertips. The vehicle clearly benefits from informed and caring owners, who have tended to a great deal of the common SL55 faults, hopefully ensuring plenty of stress-free miles for the lucky new owner. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2003
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model SL55
  • Colour Obsidian Black
  • Odometer 135,695 Miles
  • Engine size 5439
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Wembley
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
31 bids
  • sl•••• £8,500 31/05/23
  • Ma•••• £8,400 31/05/23
  • sl•••• £8,300 31/05/23
  • Ma•••• £8,200 31/05/23
  • sl•••• £8,100 31/05/23
  • Oz•••• £8,000 31/05/23
  • ma•••• £7,900 31/05/23
  • L3•••• £7,800 31/05/23
  • L3•••• £7,700 31/05/23
  • ma•••• £7,600 31/05/23

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