• Recent service
• Wonderful condition
• Low mileage for its age
Based upon the W220 generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the C215 era of CL coupés were introduced in 1998, designed to dominate the high-performance executive coupé market with their heady mix of high-displacement, high-horsepower engines, with numerous AMG models being offered.
The CL500 offers the smallest engine of the range, though that is relevant, given that there is still 5.0-litres of naturally aspirated V8-goodness underneath the bonnet.
One of the highlights of the car is the design, which features no B-pillar between the front and rear windows, which not only looks fantastic but also offers wonderful visibility for both the driver and passengers.
Technology also played a big part in the success of the C215, being the second car in the M-B stable to feature Distronic adaptive cruise control and the first car in the world to feature both low and high-beam Xenon HID headlights.
As standard, the CL family were equipped with active body control, which kept the car level in fast corners, as well as allowing altitude adjustment at the touch of a button to give the car increased ground clearance over rough terrain.
Post-2003 cars (such as this example we have here) also feature ‘Pre-safe’ safety systems, which can help prevent injury if a crash is detected, carrying out functions such as pre-tensioning seat belts, closing the sunroof automatically and even adjusting seat and headrest positions.
At the close of production during 2006, a total of 47,984 C215 models were produced, with 32,224 of those being CL500 coupés.
This particular CL500 was purchased by the vendor during March 2021, being the fourth registered keeper of the vehicle since 2005.
Unfortunately, despite the car being wonderful fun and a great ‘weekend toy’ the vendor has decided the car simply does not get used enough, nor do they require such a high-powered vehicle, so they have decided that the car would be of better use to a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast or collector that will cherish and use the car as intended, rather than languishing for five days a week.
Of note is the relatively low mileage for its age, which appears to be genuine judging by MOT history records.
The car has also recently been serviced during April 2021, meaning there is no known work that needs carrying out before the new owner gets to enjoy the car.
Included with the car is a full complement of OEM handbooks and manuals, numerous invoices, a stamped service record with a total of 11 recorded services, and other miscellaneous documentation.
The vendor - quite rightly - also wants to make a point that the history and condition of the vehicle show that it has been very well cared-for over the years, which is reflected in the paperwork present with this CL500.
The cabin of this German Autobahn-stormer is in fabulous condition for its age, and presents very, very well throughout.
The leather seats are all in excellent condition, and certainly still have the appearance and quality of seats ten years their junior. There are, of course, some creases noted to the side and lower bolsters, though this is far less than usual on a car of this era, and, as far as we can see, there are no rips, tears, scuffs or stains to the material.
The carpets, too are in a similarly excellent condition, as is the headliner which shows no signs of any sagging.
Around the cabin, the wooden inlays and trim all seems to be in fine shape, with no noted patches of lacquer peel or missing trim.
Overall, the interior of this CL500 looks like a wonderful place to spent hours on end, and is an excellent example of the marque’s design. To the best of the vendors knowledge, and as far as we’ve been informed, there are no faults or issues with the interior and electronics, and no warning lights on the dashboard.
As with the cabin, the bodywork and paint on this executive coupé present wonderfully, with minimal signs of wear-and-tear.
All of the panel gaps look lovely and even to our eye, and there are no noted dents or creases. There is, however, a small patch of bubbling on the edge of the sunroof panel, along with small number of minor marks to the front end and exposed edges.
The wheels are all in presentable condition, though there are a few patches of kerb rash here-and-there, so we’d suggest a refurbishment should be on the cards for the new owner in order to bring the wheels in-line with the rest of the car.
Open up the bonnet, and the 5.0-litre V8 engine engulfs the engine bay with its bulk, giving a strong sign of just how powerful this CL500 really is.
As far as we can see, there are no visual issues with the engine, ancillaries or bay, all of which present in good - if used - condition, allowing scope for a detail-oriented owner to transform the engine bay with a few hours hard-work and a few detailing products.
According to the vendor, the car drives ‘very smoothly’ and despite its size is impressively easy to drive and park, thanks to its parking sensors and pillar less design giving excellent all-round visibility.
The most recent MOT exam took place on 13 January 2021, and resulted in a first-time pass with the following advisories:
- Nearside rear tyre slightly damaged/cracking or perishing
- Offside rear tyre slightly damaged/cracking or perishing
- Nearside front upper suspension component pin or bush slightly worn
- Engine vibration
Representing the pinnacle of automotive technology upon its launch, the C215 CL500 still looks excellent to this day, and remains a wonderfully well-equipped and powerful long-distance car for those who want comfort and performance.
In excellent aesthetic condition and benefitting from a recorded low mileage, this CL500 only requires minor attention as per the most recent MOT exam, but is ready to use and enjoy exactly as it currently sits.
If you’re looking for a long-distance GT car with some serious poke and style, then you can’t go far wrong with a C215 - happy bidding!
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