2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe Grand Edition

From the Mercedes 230CE we featured a few days ago, let’s move on to a later, distantly related model: the CLK coupe. Here’s an example of one not often seen, the final year CLK350 Grand Edition.

Those that know me are aware of my penchant for Mercedes-Benzes. I’ve owned two C class sedans and between my mother, father and I, we’ve owned seven models from the marque. However, over the past 15 years, I’ve been less and less enamored with the styling direction on new models. Specifically, the E class coupe which replaced the CLK coupe in 2010. I was disappointed to see that it wasn’t a true pillarless coupe, as it has a small fixed window at the rear side corner. Also, a lot of new Mercedes-Benzes have a lot of chrome and LED lighting all over the place which makes them look a bit flash. Maybe this is attractive to some, but I prefer the more conservative days, such as when the W124 E class coupe roamed the showrooms.

I was, however, a fan of the CLK. My favorite was the Grand Edition coupe, a package offered only in 2009. For the coupe version, the sole color on offer was Palladium Silver with Tobacco leather and white stitching. I saw a new one in person at the dealership in 2009 and the color combination was striking. Nothing was excessive about the styling and it’s not an overtly large vehicle. Everything about this car just clicked for me. Unfortunately, the $57,000 entry price was too steep for me, even if the dealer had the car sit on their lot for several months and eventually marked it down to $44,000. Sadly, the car disappeared shortly after the markdown. I would love to own one of these someday, and here is a nice, low mileage example for sale.…