2009 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

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A few days ago I featured a 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL which I called a ”money is no object” car. To walk into the dealer 28 years later with that same goal of a ”money is no object” you have your choice of the S63 AMG or the S65 AMG, which is about the same kind of hard decision like picking between Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie. Both are going to cost you a ton of money, (about $133,000 for the S63 and a whopping $198,000 for the S65), both are going to attract a fair amount of attention and both might be a risk to have long-term. But all that be damned, when you are with them, you are going to feel like a million bucks. If this is the kind of feeling you want — as well as maybe a little bit of risk — then this the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG located in central Massachusetts might just for you.

2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

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Truth be told, I’ve never really liked the look of the W210 E-class all that much. The design has always struck me as bloated and unflattering, the automotive equivalent of a blancmange. But all is forgiven in the case of the E55 AMG. With the addition of a subtle bodykit, 18″ monoblock alloys, lower-profile tires and a dual exhaust, the wobbly W210 is transformed into something else altogether. Squat and purposeful, the car suddenly takes on the character of refined menace, like a nightclub bouncer in a tuxedo. Performing its everyday duties, the E55 will ferry you and your passengers vast distances in quiet and spacious comfort with surprisingly little fuss. But mash the peddle and you’ll find a generous reserve of power on call to propel you quickly into license-losing territory.

This car for sale in Florida has nearly 95k miles on the odometer and, being a Designo model, presents in an unusual and attractive color combination.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz S600 Designo Graphite Edition

On Tuesday of this week, I wrote up a crazy modified Maybach 57S. Beefed up with crazy amounts of horsepower, it was decidedly not understated even though it was dressed all in black. Around the same time, Andrew wrote up a 750Li, talking about how people never give them a second look, but they offer extreme luxury in a very understated package for a modest price. In this vein, I’d like to offer for your consideration this 2007 Mercedes-Benz S600; underneath, it’s the same W221 chassis the Maybach was designed around. That means ridiculous amounts of luxuries and technology at your fingertips. While this model isn’t the nutter AMG S65 model with 600 horsepower (the same drivetain that was in the 57S), it’s still not exactly a wall flower; the M275 was rated at 510 horsepower and 612 lb.ft of torque. If that’s not enough to give you a kick in the seat of the pants, your other ride is probably a F22 Raptor. On top of the Industrial Age power, this particular S600 was ordered with the exclusive “Designo” package in Grapite; it added some beautiful Nappa leather and matte wood accents that really dress up the interior. Outside, while the W221 isn’t the most attractive S-Class produced, I think pulls off the rare feat of looking much better than the W220 it replaced and also better than the newer refreshed W221 and W222 that followed it. And outside, what’s special isn’t that it’s a crazy, slightly overdone AMG adorned model, but a standard S600 – refined, understated, and dare I say attractive:

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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 Launch Edition

For 2006, Mercedes-Benz stood the luxury sedan market on its ear and introduced the CLS, a “four door coupe.” Initially, the concept seemed rather odd, but upon seeing one of these cars in the flesh for the first time, I was taken aback. A departure from the rather restrained designs of the 1980s and 1990s, I could see why Mercedes went ahead with this car. Instead of alienating consumers and going down a radical design route with the E class, they kept the E for traditional buyers, while this new model was targeted towards those who wanted something a little more special. With a standard 5.0 liter V8 for the US market, the CLS was not lacking for power to match it’s grace, either.

Upon its introduction, Mercedes offered a Launch Edition, which included Indium Gray metallic paint over Cashmere Beige Nappa leather. The package also included 18″ 7 spoke wheels, Designo matte natural oak wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, Xenon headlamps and a Harmon/Kardon stereo. The total price for this package was a staggering $8,500, bringing MSRP to just over $75,000. This Launch Edition CLS for sale in Texas, however, isn’t worth nearly that much six years on.

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 Launch Edition on eBay

Beautiful 2006 CLS500 Designo from Dallas, Texas. This is a 2 owner California/Texas car and it is like new in and out. The Indium Gray Metallic Finish is like new. No dents or dings. Very shiny, never been painted on. The Cashmere Beige Leather Interior looks and smells new. All doorpanels, seats, carpets, headliner as well as dash and woodtrim are in excellent condition.NON SMOKER!

The CLS has now entered a price range where they have become attractive second hand buys. For the mileage and year, this CLS is priced just about right. The Designo trim that goes along with the launch edition may not be to everyone’s taste, but I don’t find it too offensive. The chrome wheels are a bit too bling for my taste, however. It’s tempting to think you can have this much style for the price of a new Camry or Accord. Of course, with a six year old Mercedes, you will more than likely incur some expensive maintenance items, but that’s not very different from a lot of later model luxury cars we feature here on GCFSB. For the individual seeking German engineering with a bit of styling flair, there aren’t many cars that have come along in the past few years that can match this one.

-Paul