AMG Mercs have always been among my favorite German performance machines (second only to Porsche’s). They are basically German muscle cars. In fact, since the golden era of American muscle died off many decades ago, I consider AMG’s to be the muscle cars of the 21st century. Furthermore, while they may be prohibitively expensive when new, these cars often go for a song on the secondhand market.
With only 12,000 miles on the clock, 493 horsepower, and 516 lb-ft of torque, this pristine SL55 could certainly give a new owner a ton of fun for a very affordable price. Furthermore, it is a rare Designo Espresso edition. While many may dismiss this as a mere appearance package, it adds an entirely different level to the interior. Standard SL55’s came with leather seats and leatherette pretty much everywhere else, such as the dash, door cards, center console, etc. This Designo edition, however, has very supple leather on practically every surface of the interior.
On the outside, the Designo Espresso edition wears a very attractive dark brown metallic paintjob. The two Designo paint schemes at the time (Graphite and Espresso) offered more metallic flake than standard metallic Mercedes offerings. This becomes particularly obvious when the sun shines on the surface just right…it really does look spectacular in person.
Click for details: 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG on eBay
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 12,400 mi
Price: $39,000 Buy It Now
Truly a One of a Kind, Rare Gem!!!!
2005 Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG with only 12K. Car sold for $142,000 when new. Garage kept, Clean Carfax, no accidents, this car has it all, including the most sought after color combinations. It has a hand built, and signed, AMG V8 Supercharged Engine. High performance AMG sport suspension, braking system, tires, and exhaust. Inside you will find AMG leather sport seats with active ventilation delivering both air conditioning and heat. Leather wrapped steering wheel, Bose stereo with 8 speakers, 6 disc CD changer. The Designo Expresso Edition which was a $7,000.00 option when new. Keyless Go, Distronic, Parktronic, and the list goes on and on. You have to see it to truly appreciate this car’s unique qualities.
In addition to having a beautiful color scheme and a ton of power, this car has most of the same luxury features that Mercedes still charges more than $100,000 for. Luxury features here include radar-guided cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, keyless go, massaging seats stuffed with Amazonian coconut husks, heated and cooled seats, and satellite navigation. All of this in a very fast and very powerful two-seat roadster sounds like a winning combination to me. While this isn’t going to be winning events at Virginia International Raceway, it would certainly make a great husband and wife weekend car, or even a fun daily driver for someone.
With an original sticker price of over $142,000, you really can’t go wrong with what appears to be an absolutely immaculate SL55 in a rare and desirable color scheme at over $100,000 less than the original sticker. Also, you aren’t just getting a very fast AMG Merc, but you are getting an SL, which is considered an iconic German classic much like the Porsche 911.