Montana is well known by car enthusiasts for being the state with some of the most lax speed limit laws in any part of the US. Back in 1998, as a result of a Montana Supreme Court decision, the speed limit was changed “reasonable and proper.” This new speed limit became an issue because it violated the Due Process Clause of the state constitution for being too vague of a law. So back to defined limits with a 75 mph ceiling, then.
That speed limit is still quite better than in some venues and what better to exploit the wide open spaces of Big Sky country than this: a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. The SLK has always had a bit of reputation as a hair dressers’ car, favoring style of substance and speed. Mercedes decided to add some fire to the mix in 2001 with the SLK32 AMG, which had a 3.2 liter, supercharged V6 producing 349 horsepower. Along came the second generation and Mercedes-Benz went mad, stuffing a 5.5 liter V8 tuned by AMG into this little roadster, capable of 0-60 times of under five seconds with 355 horsepower on tap.
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Price: $30,000 Buy It Now
2005 Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG Roadster. This is the one you want! One Owner – 21,600 original miles. Never seen snow – only driven in the summer! Purchased in Salt Lake City, UT in April 2005. Tires have less than 1500 miles on them.
5.5 liter naturally aspirated AMG V-8. 355 horsepower with 376 lb ft of torque. 7-speed automatic transmission with AMG speedshift. AMG Sport Suspension; AMG Aerodynamic Bodywork; AMG High Performance Braking System; AMG 18″ Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels; steering wheel paddle shifters. Zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds! Validated by Car and Driver magazine in their June 2005 issue! The same model and same color AMG as the one we have was on the cover and road tested by Car and Driver that month. We have included two copies of the magazine for your records.
Safety – built in roll bars; knee, throat thorax air bags, normal driver/passenger air bags; Mercedes ESP traction control system; Xenon headlamps; Teleaide Emergency Calling System; Night Security Illumination System.
Read all the options listed above and read the picture of the original window price sticker for all the information on this car! Included at no extra charge: Mercedes car cover, Mercedes trickle charger (to keep the battery charged while in storage), original window price sticker, two copies of the June 2005 Car and Driver magazine, Mercedes 360 pamphlet (shows all options available) and Mercedes merchandise pamphlet.
Shipping – paid by buyer and discussed prior to completion of sale. We do have a local auto shipping company in town.
We’ve featured a few open roofed BMWs with the M badge here lately, but the SLK55 AMG is a good choice for someone who wants speed with a bit more luxury and smoother edges. While it is a Montana car, the seller states it is fair weather ride, and from the looks of things and the low mileage, it’s hard not to believe that. The asking price of $30,000 seems like a deal considering the power levels, but in all honesty, somewhere a little south, say between $25,000 and $27,000 is a bit more realistic.