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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

I love seeing creative solutions people come up with when factory options aren’t enough. Sometimes they are brilliant, sometimes they are half-baked, and sometimes they are a little bit of both. Today, we have that “little bit of both” recipe on this 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. The story was the previous owner didn’t care for leather seats, and since leather was the only way to go on the R230, they did a custom cloth setup. Truth be told it doesn’t look all that bad, except this previous owner wanted one more special request: the largest headrests I’ve ever seen in my life.

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Year: 2003
Model: SL55 AMG
VIN: WDBSK74F33F041250
Engine: Supercharged 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 154,373 mi
Location: Pebble Beach, California
Price: $14,500 Buy It Now

For sale is a VERY FAST 2003 Mercedes SL55 AMG showing roughly 154,xxx Miles. This vehicle was purchased new at the Mercedes Dealership in Monterey, CA back in 2003 and remained local for the majority of its life. It offers a clean carfax with countless service records. Offers Supercharged 5.4L Supercharged V8 pushing almost 500 Horsepower. This is one of the fastest cars you could buy with the least amount of money! The vehicle is beautiful inside and out. The exterior is finished in Silver Metallic with gray cloth interior. The interior of this vehicle is virtually flawless and in great condition with no signs of excessive wear. Cloth seats were specially made for the previous owner for comfort purposes. Exterior is in excellent condition. Paint is deep and glossy. This Mercedes comes Fully Loaded with lots of options from the factory. Please review the photos for details. Mechanically this AMG runs and drives great. The ride is smooth and sporty. This ultimate driving machine handles like it’s on rails! The motor is very healthy, sounds great and has plenty of power. Transmission shifts smoothly through all gears. There are absolutely no fluid leaks. There are no unusual drivetrain or suspension noises. All suspension and steering components are in proper working order. All related powertrain components are all in excellent working order. Come check it out in person and please watch the video in full. You are more than welcome to take it for a pre purchase inspection. Please visit to see hundreds of photos. We are located at 2240 Del Monte Ave., Monterey, CA. Call me at 831-920-8216

Oh boy. I can not imagine driving this car and finding any kind of comfort with those headrests. Aggressive doesn’t even begin to describe them and they surely put a damper on what was a cool change up for the typical leather in this car. Cloth interior aside, this one looks like it was well-loved with some scuffs and nearly 155,000 miles on the odometer. I know this platform is fairly strong, but some due diligence is probably required, even for the attractive price.

That price of $14,500 doesn’t buy you much in 2022, and certainly not a chance at a 493 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque all that often. Is it worth it? It seems hard to say no, even with those Yautja-like headrests. Just make sure you source some replacements first.

– Andrew


  1. jimf
    jimf March 14, 2022

    The seats actually look ok; probably better than 19 yr old leather ones would look…but those headrests!!

  2. Greg
    Greg March 15, 2022

    As far as 2022 prices this is not bad at all. If the drivetrain is in good shape it is a fair price IMO, although I’d try to get it for $12k.

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