Holy depreciation, Batman! This is dollar dump in the luxury vehicle category- the window sticker on this car was $150k; it lost over 75% of its value in just 15 years. For the money, this is a ton of car. With 493hp and 516lb-ft of torque, it does 0 to 60mph in just 4 seconds, mid 12 second quarter miles, and tips the scales at over 4,300 pounds. Not bad for a heifer! It’s like sliding an anvil down the concrete slope of Hoover dam…pretty impressive.
This SL55 was built on November 22nd, 2005 and sold new by Dana Motor Company/Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Ohio on December 20th, 2005. It was ordered with the following factory options:
- Phone system with VCS
- Active Ventilated Seats
- Panorama Roof with Sunshade
- Bi-Xenon Headlamps
- Keyless Go
- P030 AMG Performance Package:
- AMG Compound Braking System
- AMG Fascia from SL65 AMG
- AMG Alcantara Sport Steering Wheel
- “Nürburgring” ABC Suspension
- 19” AMG Multipiece Wheels
- Limited Slip Differential
- 186 MPH Top Speed
The MSRP was $149,445.
The first two owners lived in Ohio, where they only added 10k miles of fair weather driving in their 6 years of ownership. During that time, it was taken back to the selling dealership 7-times for routine services, including:
- Regular oil services
- Air injection pump replacement
- 10k mile service
- Battery replacement
- Brake fluid flushes
- Valve cover gaskets replacement
It then migrated out to Southern California, when a Porsche 928 enthusiast friend of ours purchased it on September 19th, 2011, with 10,488 miles and an extended warranty. For the next 6 years, he used this SL as his daily driver, adding another 40k miles. During his ownership, he primarily serviced it at Mercedes-Benz of Anaheim, California. Highlights of services include:
- Regular oil services and brake fluid flushes
- Right side valve cover gaskets and transmission connector (5/12 @ 17,447 miles)
- Air injection pump and relay (12/12 @ 23,088 miles)
- Tightener pulley and guide pulley replaced (1/14 @ 35,222 miles)
- ABC fluid flush and filter replacement (8/14 @ 41,614 miles)
- Suspension work and services (2/09 @ 48,004 miles)
- Engine mounts
- Thrust arm bushings
- Lower control arms and bushings
- Crank position sensor
- Software update
- Left front ABC shock replaced
- Four-wheel alignment
- Check air suspension
The previous owner also installed a carbon fiber trunk lid spoiler.
This owner sold it to a close mutual friend, another 928 enthusiast. He bought the car on June 14th, 2017 with 52k miles. For the last 4 years/8k miles, the current owner used it mostly as a part-time daily driver and weekend car. He serviced it regularly at Fletcher Jones Mercedes. He installed Michelin Pilot Sport tires in 2018 at 55,606 miles.
This SL55 is in excellent condition, clearly not driven in bad weather and always garaged. The alabaster paint looks great with minimal signs of use. The majority of the paint is original. The current owner had some light touch-up and blending on the right rear fender by the door where a grocery cart hit it. Visually, you can’t tell the difference. There is some slight delamination on the black filler part of the rear glass. The rest of the glass looks great with no major chips or scratches and is wearing the proper factory stampings. The wheels are in good shape with a couple of small areas of light curb rash. They are wearing near full tread Michelin tires. The brakes appear to have around 75% of their life remaining.
The interior is equally as nice and indicative of the proper care this SL received. The leather surfaces have no tears or rips and hardly any signs of wear. There are also no stains. The headliner looks fresh. The carpet has no excessive wear marks or stains. The door panels are in good shape. The dash is perfect. All the gauges, buttons, switches, and other controls all work properly. The A/C blows cold. The updated Bluetooth radio works great and easily connects to your mobile device.
This SL builds power so smoothly, but at an incredible rate. The steering wheel shifting is easy and fairly direct. The engine feels strong throughout the rev range. The brakes have an excellent bite with no fading or pulling. The steering is tight and handling is responsive. The car tracks straight and nicely handles uneven surfaces. This example could easily be used daily, as well as for long weekend wine country trips. Monterey car week is around the corner and this would be a mighty pleasant way to go if your Gulfstream G6 is out for service.
California registration is paid through September of 2021 and it passes our strict smog test.
This SL55 AMG comes with 2 keys, owner’s manuals with vinyl cover, many recent receipts, Mercedes first aid kit, original radio (doesn’t work), cargo nets, factory tool kit, jack, and tire changing gloves.
**Note: VIN and other numbers withheld to protect against fraud. All numbers including VIN, Engine, and color will be provided to serious buyers.
I just can’t unsee this.
When the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was launched in 2003, all I could see was the signature car from the cartoon parody on Saturday Night Live called “The Ambiguously Gay Duo.”
Now, you can’t “unsee” it either…your welcome.
The fifth-generation SL (R230) was introduced in 2001. It predated the McLaren SLR and certainly influenced its shape. However, the SLR took the design language way too far. Or maybe the designers were just closet fans of the SNL bit?
The hood lines of this SL55 AMG hearken back to an era of big GT cross-continent land missiles. It’s aggressive and suggests big power, yet still understated. In my opinion, it was far less “cartoon-ey” looking than the SLR.
The most overlooked option on these cars was the P030 performance package. It was rarely ordered because it was a $14,000 option.
However, you got more than just a few appearance upgrades and fluff options. It came with lighter and stronger multi-piece wheels, enhanced suspension, better brakes, higher top speed (186 mph), and a limited-slip differential. It’s no longer a Palm Springs boulevard cruiser, but instead, it’s a total back road sleeper.
From a market standpoint, I think these cars are way undervalued. At 75% off MSRP, I don’t care what 500 horsepower looks like.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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