Tuner Tuesday: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG RENNtech Laurence Gartel Art Car

I’ve seen art cars in the past but today’s combination might take the cake. This 2007 SL65 AMG is the creation of a man who is considered a pioneer of digital art, Laurence Gartel. Gartel has done work with the likes of Andy Warhol, major household brands, celebrities, NASA, the Grammys and of course unique cars. This latest art car is none other than the torque monster itself, the W230 SL65 AMG. Of course, just being a regular SL65 isn’t enough. This SL was sent to RENNtech in Florida and came back with an always mind-blowing 670 horsepower and 840 lb·ft of torque thus probably making this the fastest piece of rolling art out there.

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Year: 2007
Model: SL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,464 mi
Price: Buy it Now $39,500

RENNtech SL 65 AMG Art-Car by Laurence Gartel

Mercedes-Benz R230 – SL65 AMG
M275 – 6.0L V12 AMG Engine – up to 670HP | 840LB-FT

Equipped with following RENNtech Upgrades:
– ECU Upgrade
– V3 Digital Lowering Module
– Carbon Fiber Rear Decklid Spoiler
– 10.2 Deep Monolite Forged Wheels Finished in Gloss Purple. Front: 20″x9.0″; Rear: 20″x11.0″
– Brake Upgrade with Custom Painted Calipers in Aquamarine
– Fully wrapped by Laurence Gartel, official Artisit of the 57th Grammy Awards
– 041U – Designo Graphite Paint underneath Wrap

Milage: 95,464 (04-13-2017)
Laurence Gartel | A Digital Art Innovator
– Considered the Pioneer of Digital Art
– Created the first digital art-ad together with Andy Warhol for Absolut Vodka
– Taught Andy Warhol how to create Art via Amiga Computer
– Official Artist of the 57th Grammy Awards. Created official Artwork and Invitations
– Created Artwork for Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears
– Official Artist of the Newport Jazz Festival 2015
– Created Groundbreaking Artworks for the NBA, Walt Disney, Forbes, Coca-Cola and Phillip Morris
– Artist of the 2015 NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS)
– Art Car Conversions include: 1957 Lincoln Premiere Convertible, 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood, Tesla, Scuderia Ferrari and Rolls Royce
– His Art was exhibited at: Museum of Modern Arts, Joan Whitney Payson Gallery, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, Norton Museum of Art, National Museum of American History, Bibliotheque National and Monaco International Film Festival

I’m not art aficionado by any means but Laurence Gartel is actually a name I’ve run across before. A quick Google search showcases some pretty interesting stuff he’s produced and his past art cars are pretty wild stuff as well. But in my opinion, this SL65 doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure there is a method to this madness that I’m missing or don’t truly appreciate, but it just a bunch of psychedelic patterns applied to a wrap that’s started to show its age. The shock value isn’t there anymore and cars like this are popping up everywhere from people designing wraps in their basement and applying them in a weekend. If anything I think the appreciation for something like Warhol hand painting an M1 only goes up because of how easy it is to do an art car now. Of course this is just my opinion, I welcome anyone who feels differently.

As for the SL65 itself, I’m pretty amazed that it is nearing the 100,000 mile mark. I usually don’t see these with mileage like this one because they are either driven sparingly or owners reach a point where they are given a repair bill for five figures then decide to walk away from it. Seeing as this one is a show car that’s probably be driven to a fair amount of events and showcases, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Also you probably aren’t owning this car unless you like been seen either. There is no hiding in this thing.

The price of this SL65 is really intriguing to at just under $40,000. I looked at another SL65 AMG RENNtech back in January that finally sold for $46,000 but it had a faction of the miles this car has. Seeing as RENNtech themselves is the one listing this car, they know what they have and what kind of market they are dealing with. Despite its huge power numbers, the potential for crazy repair bills on the M275 AMG cars have been sinking values on them with no real floor to be seen yet. This car is a tough sell even without the wrap because of the mileage so if I were to bet this one might sit for sale a little while longer. Nevertheless, a cool piece that you surely don’t see everyday.

– Andrew

Tuner Tuesday: 1 of 1 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG RENNtech

Ever see a certain car and say to yourself “I didn’t know they made those in that color”? Well, today is one of those cars. The R230 SL65 AMG is already famous for its extreme amount of power and its potential for costing an extreme amount of money on maintenance and repairs. With this specific SL65 for sale in Florida you are getting a one-of-one color in Ferrari Giallo Modena and some extra goodies from the madmen at RENNtech.

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Year: 2005
Model: SL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 16,924 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

Mercedes SL65 AMG

Customized By Renntech

ECU Upgrade

Intercooler Upgrade Kit

3 Piece Air Box

100% Limited Slip Differential Upgrade

Transmission Upgrade

Torque Converter Lock Up Clutch Upgrade

Valve Body Upgrade

Renntech Wheels with Michelin Tires

Carbon Fiber Exhaust Tips

Carbon Fiber Rear Deck Lid Spoiler

Laser Interceptor

Over $50,000 in upgrades

This is a beautiful piece of art on wheels. The car is amazingly fast yet still comfortable to drive everyday. The car was the only car to be painted this color yellow at the factory. It has been well cared for and garage kept in air conditioning. All maintenance has been regularly done at the dealer. Also included are the wheels that were taken off. They were custom painted to match the car. They have some age on them and will need to be repainted. If you want them they will go with the car.

Paint Code: FER 4305 Giallo Modena

The person who ordered this car is the same kind of person who goes to the self-serve frozen yogurt place and gets all the toppings just because they can. It wasn’t enough just to spend the $185,000 on the basic car (which isn’t particularly basic). It needed the Ferrari yellow paint, a set of aftermarket wheels and to top it all off, a trip to RENNtech that resulted in a bill of $50,000. Judging from the sellers description, this SL65 has the R3 Performance Package which gets you 700 horsepower and 900 foot-pound of torque. That $50,000 also got you a handful of carbon fiber parts and another set of wheels for good measure.

I don’t know what to make of this car. On one hand, it is extremely fast. The 0-60 time creeps into hypercar territory without the multiple six-figure price tag. On the other hand, there is a reason why yellow wasn’t a factory production color. It feels like everyone on this SL65 had to be “touched”. The owner couldn’t leave well enough alone. All the badges had to be black, the taillights needed to be smoked, all the silver trim was painted and even the corner markers were blacked out. Of course all of this is just my personal taste and it probably suits the wants of some people out there. At an opening bid of $40,000 you are getting quite a value but fair warning, you’ll be paying Ferrari service prices to go along with the Ferrari paint.

– Andrew

 

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL550

The R231 Mercedes SL has been with us for about three years, and I have to say that it hasn’t grown on me at all. Neither the exterior nor interior aesthetics do anything for me. Having said that, I think the previous generation SL, the R230, is one of the best looking cars Mercedes has ever made.

Released in the U.S. market in 2003, the R230 spanned a relatively short production life for a Mercedes SL. Its predecessor, the R129, was produced for twelve years, and the R107 lasted for eighteen years. The R230 received a debatably successful facelift in 2009, which gave the previously rounded front fascia a more rigid appearance, and tweaked a few stylistic details both on the interior and exterior to give the car a more aggressive appearance. The facelift divided many Mercedes enthusiasts, but the general consensus was that the R230 was still a beautiful car.

Today I’d like to go over some of the details on this very attractive 2012 SL550. 2012 was the last year of production for the R230 SL, which was offered in three derivations for the U.S. market; the SL550, and the AMG-tuned SL63 and SL65 models. Not many AMG SL’s were sold in 2012, but there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of final year SL550’s. This particular one is finished in my favorite color combo of black on tan, and appears to be in great shape. With only 17,000 miles, this is about as close as you can get to picking up a brand new R230 generation SL.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65

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One of the things I’ve liked about moving back to Washington State from the SF Bay Area is that seeing rare, expensive cars is special again. Living next to the most expensive zip code in the country meant that pretty much every luxury car was the top-of-the-line model, from BMW M5s and Alpina B7s to Audi S8s and RS7s to Mercedes-Benz E/S/CLS/SL/ML/G/GL63s and 65s. I got desensitized and disdainful, scowling at the 80 year olds puttering around El Camino Real with 500-600hp on tap. The Mercedes AMG 65 models always caught my attention with their gunmetal wheels as the main giveaway besides the badges, a nearly $200k car just hanging out next to the yoga studio and completely unnoticed by the general public.

Well, they were roughly $200k when new. Depreciation hits them harder than their (transmission-limited) 738 lb-ft of torque and now this twin-turbo V12 GT is roughly a third of its original price. They’re not the most attractive roadsters, but it’s certainly a more balanced design than the “umm… copy-paste-update new shape here!” look of the current R231 SL. This R230 looks a bit more classic in black on black and has the Panoramic Roof option on the folding top so you can see the sky without exposing yourself to the commonfolk. Carbon fiber puts a performance veneer on the interior, but this will never be a canyon carver. It’s a 604hp highway bomber, and hopefully having covered fewer than 12k miles will keep scary-expensive maintenance on the V12 at bay for a while.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

In a hurry? Few cars over the last decade have made a power statement like the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG. Back in 2005, no one would have considered the SL500 a slouch, with 302 bhp on tap. But for the engineers at AMG, it just wasn’t enough. The SL65 AMG came equipped with a 6.0 liter, twin-turbo V12 pumps out twice that power, at 604 bhp. Even more impressive is the amount of twist this engine produces: 738 lb-ft of torque. When it had just debuted, the folks at Automobile Magazine took this beast to the drag strip and ripped off a quarter mile time in the 11 second range. That raised the officials’ eyebrows, questioning whether the car had a roll cage or not. It also caught the attention of the muscle car crowd, with some reactions less flattering than others.

This SL65 AMG for sale in California is practically new, as it has a mere 5,500 miles on the clock. Any SL65 couldn’t be considered a used car bargain, but considering they cost around $180,000 when new, you’re getting supercar performance on mid-sized luxury sedan money.

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Year: 2005
Model: SL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 5,220 mi
Price: $67,000

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Brilliant Silver/Charcoal Nappa Leather.
Burl Walnut trim
Single Owner California SL
Sold new at Smythe European in San Jose, CA by Tony Spencer.
Full history, window sticker.
Full handbooks – Data Card
Annual dealer servicing – last service 5-13-2013 @ 5,069 miles
Spotless inside and out
Spare keys. Spare set of new floor mats. Fitted car cover. Wind deflector.
Registered in CA through Jan/2014
Original MSRP: $182,720

A milestone 604 hp SL and an opportunity to buy an essentially new SL65.

Call Roy Spencer @650-343-7980 for full details. Global shipping gladly arranged.

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Whenever I look at the engine bay of one of these SLs, I can’t help but think there isn’t much room for heat to dissipate, which could cause issues down the road. Then again, it’s amazing that the engineers at AMG could figure out a way to not only fit this engine in the R230 SL in the first place, but to find a way to keep prevent such massive torque from tearing up the gearbox and driveshaft. You can get into an SL65 AMG in the $40,000 range, but it will certainly be higher mileage than this. Most clean examples are pulling between $50,000 and $60,000. Anything over $60,000 will have to be an exceptional car, and this one certainly fits the bill. Considering a new SL550 will cost you over $105,000, an almost new SL65 AMG could seem a bargain. However, as it is with most sophisticated performance machines, keeping this car in petrol and tires is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to running costs.

-Paul

Go big or go home: Renntech SL65 AMG Black Series for sale

We’ve had some reader requests recently for some Mercedes featuring their beastly twin-turbo V12 present in “65” models. I’m obviously a fan of all things AMG, but the 65 has always seemed like a unique animal. Viciously expensive, powerful, and fast, they exemplify the “bit more of everything” luxury sports cars seem to be striving for today. Sweet AMG engines of the past wilt at the thrust of the 6.0L V12. Amazingly, the normal observer would have no idea of the engine intimidation factor present, as most 65s look exactly the same as 63s, 550s, and 430s save for some badges and anthracite wheels. Operative word today being “most,” as this 65 is the king of all kings. The third Black Series model ever produced, Mercedes went whole hog with more power, carbon fiber wide body kit, and go-fast bits all over. While the CLK and new C Black Series carry that amazing DTM-on-the-street look, the SL65 AMG Black Series looks straight-up Batmobile in dark colors. With only 175 in the US and 350 in the world, you’re probably more likely to see a Batmobile replica.

As if 660hp weren’t enough, the PO of today’s SL decided he might as well throw $27k worth of Renntech bits on so that it produces that much power AT THE WHEELS. You know, for fun. Some normal ecu-etc. upgrades went on, and I’d be interested to see how the locking differential changes the car. This AMG engine is well known for producing toomuch torque and overwhelming its traction control. Maybe the locking differential makes smokey burnouts more possible? Hopefully that ECU upgrade tamed the traction control. That’s a moot point though, as the concept of building an engine with too much torque for the car to handle is the thesis of this car. Too much, 100% of the time, everytime.

Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series for sale on eBay


How much does craziness cost? This kind of craziness seems to be right in line with the market (surprisingly, there are 4 SL65 Black Series on eBay currently) at $240k with about 3000 miles. You could get some nice supercars for that kind of change, but you can be sure they won’t have the audacious power and fender flares present on a Black Series. No, it’s not the precision screamer of a Ferrari or the magic of the fastest of Porsches, but if Mercedes is your style, I’d take this over an SLR McLaren any day.

-NR