・Nice and original, needs nothing. ・Just serviced and 12 months MOT
The second generation of Mercedes' successful CLK was introduced in 2003. It was based on smaller C class underpinnings, but with updated styling with more than a passing resemblance to the larger E class. Available as a Coupe or Convertible it was produced until 2010 in 3 trim levels; Avantgarde, Elegance and Sport.
This smart 200CLK was first registered in October 2008, so towards the end of the A209 model production. Boasting the Elegance trim level that included green tinted glass, nice 9 spoke alloy wheels and wood trim on the dash, doors and centre console.
With only three owners it has covered a mere 75,000 miles, which in Mercedes terms is only just run in! Purchased by the owner in 2019 it has only covered 5,000 miles in the past 4 years, having been parked in the garage until recently. The owner pointed out that there are a few 200 CLKs that, as he puts it “have not been messed around or fiddled with” and upon inspection we agree –it’s just as it left the factory and very nearly in the same condition too!
The CLK comes with a Service book that has 10 stamps from new, the last being in 2017 at just over 70,000 miles. The owner has added another stamp before the sale and has put it through an interim service, equivalent to a Mercedes-Benz “A” service at a trusted local garage. A new MoT has also been carried out on the same visit. There are 6 further MoTs on file, along with the Owners pack and sets of keys.
Mercedes interiors are known for being hard wearing and this one is no exception. The cloth and fabric seats have no tears or rips, and show no wear in the usual places like the driver’s side bolster. The passenger and rear seats look virtually unused. The wood on the dash and centre console is shiny and unmarked, as are the wood accents on the doors and beside the rear seats. We noticed that overall the interior is very tidy for its age, helped by the quality of the hard wearing Mercedes materials.
We noticed minor “bubbles” on the screen of the audio control screen, probably caused by heat on the glass, but the rest of the buttons and switchgear were clean and operated as one would expect.
Being a two door the front seatbelts are mounted some distance behind the front seats to help with access for rear passengers. Upon closing the doors, front seat occupants are handed their seatbelts by an electric arm extending from behind your shoulder, a system that works well.
The exterior of the CLK belies its age as well. The silver paint is in generally excellent condition and shines beautifully. There is one minor scuff mark on the rear edge of the driver’s side rear wheel arch. Apart from that the only blemishes we could find were tiny stone chips on the front.
The wheels present well, but upon close inspection have the odd bubble and nick in the paint, but only the passenger side front shows any evidence of curbing, and that is minor.
The 3 layer black fabric roof is in good clean condition both inside and out, the heated glass rear window is clear. The roof deploys effortlessly – at the press of the button on the centre console. The roof folds away again easily and stows away beneath its flush cover. Raising and lowering takes about 20 seconds, but apparently it can be operated when the car is moving up to 5mph.
Starting and driving beautifully on the day of our visit the CLK has obviously been well cared for by its owners. Under the bonnet the engine bay would benefit from a good clean, but at least we can see that there are no drips and leaks here. The owner recently fitted a new battery as the previous one wasn’t holding a charge, probably due to lack of use. By the end of the sale the CLK will have another stamp in the Service book, and a new Mot, so with such a low mileage there is nothing to suggest that any mechanical attention is required.
There are few car manufacturers that deliver open top driving at this level, and Mercedes lead the field with a long history of stylish convertibles. The combination of looks and practicality offered here is surely hard to beat. Four comfortable seats, a convertible top that stows away neatly, stylish coupe looks with pillarless side windows, all topped with a three pointed star! Superb value.
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