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1997 Mercedes-Benz CL420

I still think the C140 Mercedes-Benz hasn’t had its day yet. They are coming around for sure, but full blown “collector cars” they are not. I also think their time is coming and this example up for sale in The Netherlands is a good reason why. This 1997 CL420, an engine combo we didn’t get in the US, wears the rare Ruby Metallic paint job and the always cool 18″ Eltanin wheels that we also didn’t get. Inside, black leather with burl wood everywhere. Despite looking so good, this one has a surprising 92,000 miles on it. Doesn’t mean it is going to be cheap however.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Mercedes-Benz CL420 at Briljant Car Center

Year: 1997
Model: CL420
VIN: WDB1400631A372847
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 148,754 km (92,431 mi)
Location: Uden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Price: €16.500 ($19,880)

Mercedes Benz CL 420 V8 of the popular face lift model in the luxurious Elegance version.
In the chic color scheme red metallic exterior in combination with a black leather interior & wood inlay trim parts.
A top class limousine with pleasant options such as; abs, alarm, air conditioning, cruise control, electrically operated windows, electrically operated sliding / tilting roof, electrically adjustable seats, electrically adjustable mirrors, electrically adjustable steering wheel, wood leather steering wheel, leather upholstery, orthopedic seats, park distance control front & rear, seat heating, soft close, xenon lighting & an original radio navigation system are all available for maximum comfort.
Original Dutch car with a complete maintenance history, 2 keys, instruction booklet & a NAP printout.
This CL is well cared for and in an amazingly beautiful condition! paintwork, engine compartment, leather seats, woodwork, everything looks crystal clear.
Driving this CL is a party. a nice V8 engine which is linked to a buttery smooth 5-speed automatic transmission.
A nice entry, soft close doors, wonderful (orthopedic) seats, sliding / tilting roof, what a CAR!
German quality from Mercedes Benz, the slogan DAS BEST ODER NOTHING certainly applies here.
When you are in the market for a real Mercedes Benz CL of the face lift model. This is it, come and see and convince yourself.
Brilliant Car Center, the address for special cars.

Trade-in is always negotiable & the price shown is roadworthy with a new MOT.

Interested in this car? Please feel free to contact us by phone; 06 30469522 or e-mail

Opening hours …!

Monday – Friday by appointment (possibly also in the evening)

Saturday from 10am to 5pm

Would you like to visit outside these opening hours?

For example in the evening & or the weekend?

Call for an appointment & you are very welcome!

Like mentioned when I looked at this CL600 a few months ago, the C140 really benefits from having the slimmer European bumpers that make all the difference to me, especially when looking at the side profile shots. Interesting they offered the smaller M119 V8 in these cars given they were considered the grand luxury coupe, but maybe that has as much to do with emissions and taxes on certain countries in Europe. The dealer is saying this was a Dutch car since new, so possibly that explains why it is so clean.

The asking price of just under $20,000 seems a little steep at first glance, but this is where we are heading. I’d say that price comes from the condition alone and maybe not the mileage, so I can certainly see why the dealer is going for the moon on this one. Maybe a few of these will make their way stateside as the years go on.

– Andrew


  1. Ricky Weston
    Ricky Weston April 28, 2021

    I don’t think $20k for a good C140 is too much at all. In fact, go buy a $10k example. By the time you get done sorting out all the little things that are wrong with it, you’ve spent another $8-10k. This is a beautiful example, but I wish it had a tan/grey interior

  2. Nick
    Nick April 28, 2021

    92,000 miles is low for a 24 year old car; that’s a scant 3,800 miles a year, on average. Having lived in The Netherlands, I can say that this is fairly typical – most of the Dutch tend to cycle everywhere they can, including work and daily trips to the grocery store. Cars are usually reserved for longer trips like vacation or if someone really needs to buy things they can’t transport with pedal power. That lends itself to pretty clean / immaculate cars even as they age. Of course someone will say “I saw x Dutch car and it was only 5 years old and in terrible condition” and I’m sure that’s true. I guess the real point here is that these well-cared for cars are easier to find in The Netherlands.

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