2012 Mercedes-Benz SL550

The R231 Mercedes SL has been with us for about three years, and I have to say that it hasn’t grown on me at all. Neither the exterior nor interior aesthetics do anything for me. Having said that, I think the previous generation SL, the R230, is one of the best looking cars Mercedes has ever made.

Released in the U.S. market in 2003, the R230 spanned a relatively short production life for a Mercedes SL. Its predecessor, the R129, was produced for twelve years, and the R107 lasted for eighteen years. The R230 received a debatably successful facelift in 2009, which gave the previously rounded front fascia a more rigid appearance, and tweaked a few stylistic details both on the interior and exterior to give the car a more aggressive appearance. The facelift divided many Mercedes enthusiasts, but the general consensus was that the R230 was still a beautiful car.

Today I’d like to go over some of the details on this very attractive 2012 SL550. 2012 was the last year of production for the R230 SL, which was offered in three derivations for the U.S. market; the SL550, and the AMG-tuned SL63 and SL65 models. Not many AMG SL’s were sold in 2012, but there doesn’t appear to be a shortage of final year SL550’s. This particular one is finished in my favorite color combo of black on tan, and appears to be in great shape. With only 17,000 miles, this is about as close as you can get to picking up a brand new R230 generation SL.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65

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One of the things I’ve liked about moving back to Washington State from the SF Bay Area is that seeing rare, expensive cars is special again. Living next to the most expensive zip code in the country meant that pretty much every luxury car was the top-of-the-line model, from BMW M5s and Alpina B7s to Audi S8s and RS7s to Mercedes-Benz E/S/CLS/SL/ML/G/GL63s and 65s. I got desensitized and disdainful, scowling at the 80 year olds puttering around El Camino Real with 500-600hp on tap. The Mercedes AMG 65 models always caught my attention with their gunmetal wheels as the main giveaway besides the badges, a nearly $200k car just hanging out next to the yoga studio and completely unnoticed by the general public.

Well, they were roughly $200k when new. Depreciation hits them harder than their (transmission-limited) 738 lb-ft of torque and now this twin-turbo V12 GT is roughly a third of its original price. They’re not the most attractive roadsters, but it’s certainly a more balanced design than the “umm… copy-paste-update new shape here!” look of the current R231 SL. This R230 looks a bit more classic in black on black and has the Panoramic Roof option on the folding top so you can see the sky without exposing yourself to the commonfolk. Carbon fiber puts a performance veneer on the interior, but this will never be a canyon carver. It’s a 604hp highway bomber, and hopefully having covered fewer than 12k miles will keep scary-expensive maintenance on the V12 at bay for a while.

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Tuner Tuesday: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG Brabus K8

I don’t think many people would consider Brabus to be a particularly conservative tuner. However, something interesting has occurred since AMG was brought in-house by Mercedes-Benz; Brabus has rather turned into what AMG was in the 1980s. Just like AMG used to offer, Brabus turns up the Benz models to the next level with power increases, suspension and brake modifications and plenty of special details to help set their cars apart. And while at times they may have been garish compared to some of the more sedate AMG cars were, they’ve even become attractive – with just enough flare to make their modifications stand apart without being outrageous. Of course, there’s one major difference; AMG started with stock Mercedes-Benz models, while Brabus is standing on the shoulders of the already turned-up AMG models. The result is supercar performance from an unexpected package, such as this R230 SL55 K8:

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2005 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

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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.

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2005 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

With AMG’s integration as an in-house tuner in the mid-1990s, the division began to unleash it’s fury on the lineup on vehicles such as the C, E and CLK class. Perhaps one of my favorite AMG models of recent memory is this one: the SL55 AMG. Packing the supercharged 5.4 liter V8 tucked away under sleek, new sheet metal, these roadsters emitted quite an impressive soundtrack out of their quad exhaust pipes. Sold from 2002 to 2008, they were usurped by the SL63 AMG, which was normally aspirated. While the SL63 was undeniably fast and quite a looker, somehow, it seemed a bit less aggressive without that signature wail from the blower on full throttle. Today, the SL55 is a relative supercar bargain, such as this black one for sale in Illinois.

Year: 2005
Model: SL55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 52,928 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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2005 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG 5.5L AMG. Tune Up Back in March 2013 (50k miles). New Front & Rear Rotors and Pads Back in March 2013 (50k miles). New Tires, Recent Oil Change, 2 Keys & Books

Thank you for visiting another one of International Car Center’s online listings! Please continue for more information on this 2005 ONE owner Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 55 AMG with 55,715 miles and available service records. Complete tune up and front rotors/pads back in August of 2011. When your newly purchased Mercedes-Benz from International Car Center comes with the CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee, you know you’re buying smart. This is a well kept ONE-OWNER SL-Class 55 AMG with a full CARFAX history report.

The SL-Class 55 AMG is a well-built, yet compact and enjoyable ride that is unmatched by any other convertible on the road. With the ability to easily switch between having the top up or down, you’ll be able to go about your weekday routine without feeling like you’ve sacrificed the weekend thrills. This SL-Class 55 AMG’s level of quality is not meant for just anyone. It’s meant for the person who strives for a classy, comfortable, and luxurious car.

This vehicle has had only 55,715 miles put on it’s odometer. That amount of mileage makes this vehicle incomparable to the other vehicles on this market and is ready for you to come and see at International Car Center. With all records included, drive away confidently knowing the complete history of this Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 55 AMG.

Adjectives like impeccable, spotless, and immaculate can be used to describe how clean this SL-Class 55 AMG is, causing it to feel more like a new vehicle than a pre-owned one. If you’re in the market for an incredible Mercedes-Benz featuring an Entertainment package that will surely keep your passengers enthralled, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 55 AMG.

Fast and exciting, this SL-Class 55 AMG is a true testament to the pursuit of automotive distinction by Mercedes-Benz. Once you’re behind the wheel of this incredible machine, you will not think twice about purchasing this vehicle from International Car Center. When this vehicle was shipped from the factory, Mercedes-Benz decided that no option should be left off of this magnificent automobile. So, if you’re in the market for a SL-Class 55 AMG that is equipped with copious amounts of options, then International Car Center may just have the perfect vehicle to suit your needs.

Find the quickest driving route in this SL-Class 55 AMG using the installed navigation system. This nav system is one of the easiest to use and will help get you where you need to go quickly! This Mercedes-Benz smooth ride is enhanced by the newly installed tires. The SL-Class 55 AMG’s new tires, offered to you to by International Car Center, is just another added bonus to this excellent car.

There is no evidence of prior damage or paintwork on this SL-Class 55 AMG. You’ll instantly stand out with this hard-to-find 2005 SL-Class 55 AMG. Be sure to prepare yourself to get noticed in this ultra rare SL-Class.

One thing about this car that gets me is the wheels. They certainly look great and are a nice contrast to the black paintwork, but I could imagine myself spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning them all. The good thing about used SLs is that many are used as second or third cars, so mileage is usually low, as is the case here. At a touch under $35,000, this one is probably a bit overpriced for a car closing in on 60,000 miles. Somewhere in the high $20k range to the $30k point is more like it in this market.

-Paul

2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

In a hurry? Few cars over the last decade have made a power statement like the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG. Back in 2005, no one would have considered the SL500 a slouch, with 302 bhp on tap. But for the engineers at AMG, it just wasn’t enough. The SL65 AMG came equipped with a 6.0 liter, twin-turbo V12 pumps out twice that power, at 604 bhp. Even more impressive is the amount of twist this engine produces: 738 lb-ft of torque. When it had just debuted, the folks at Automobile Magazine took this beast to the drag strip and ripped off a quarter mile time in the 11 second range. That raised the officials’ eyebrows, questioning whether the car had a roll cage or not. It also caught the attention of the muscle car crowd, with some reactions less flattering than others.

This SL65 AMG for sale in California is practically new, as it has a mere 5,500 miles on the clock. Any SL65 couldn’t be considered a used car bargain, but considering they cost around $180,000 when new, you’re getting supercar performance on mid-sized luxury sedan money.

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Year: 2005
Model: SL65 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 5,220 mi
Price: $67,000

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Brilliant Silver/Charcoal Nappa Leather.
Burl Walnut trim
Single Owner California SL
Sold new at Smythe European in San Jose, CA by Tony Spencer.
Full history, window sticker.
Full handbooks – Data Card
Annual dealer servicing – last service 5-13-2013 @ 5,069 miles
Spotless inside and out
Spare keys. Spare set of new floor mats. Fitted car cover. Wind deflector.
Registered in CA through Jan/2014
Original MSRP: $182,720

A milestone 604 hp SL and an opportunity to buy an essentially new SL65.

Call Roy Spencer @650-343-7980 for full details. Global shipping gladly arranged.

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Whenever I look at the engine bay of one of these SLs, I can’t help but think there isn’t much room for heat to dissipate, which could cause issues down the road. Then again, it’s amazing that the engineers at AMG could figure out a way to not only fit this engine in the R230 SL in the first place, but to find a way to keep prevent such massive torque from tearing up the gearbox and driveshaft. You can get into an SL65 AMG in the $40,000 range, but it will certainly be higher mileage than this. Most clean examples are pulling between $50,000 and $60,000. Anything over $60,000 will have to be an exceptional car, and this one certainly fits the bill. Considering a new SL550 will cost you over $105,000, an almost new SL65 AMG could seem a bargain. However, as it is with most sophisticated performance machines, keeping this car in petrol and tires is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to running costs.

-Paul