2005 Mercedes C55 AMG Estate Immaculate and rust free For Sale
5.4 litre V8 petrol | 5G auto
2005 ‘05 registered. 46,000 miles.
Silver with black leather and alcantara inserts. Electric glass sunroof. Electric memory front seats. Climate A/C. CD changer, AUX in. Elec/heated & folding mirrors. Isofix child seat points, rear side airbags. First aid kit, space saver spare and unused toolkit.
The car has its original Mercedes 'Comand' sat-nav system, but this is set up for Japan and would need to be changed - I have looked into a Dynavin unit which looks similar to an OEM unit, but has updated hardware and would suit the car if I were keeping it.
Bridgestone tyres all round.
Alcantara gearshift lever with AMG Affalterbach logo.
This car has spent its life in a dry climate and covered low mileage. I would describe the exterior and interior condition as excellent; but please make up your own mind when you come to view. There is no rust visible anywhere on the vehicle - I am happy for buyers to arrange to put the car on a ramp and inspect it thoroughly to satisfy themselves as to its condition.
Unmarked loadbay which appears to never have been used and still has original factory cellophane over the metal threshold bar.
Just fitted a Brand new Bosch MAF and cleaned throttle body (£270) to cure rough idle (common C55 issue). Brand new Exide 100Ah battery with 4-year guarantee (05/19) as it was occasionally a bit reluctant to start.
New Hella/ Behr radiator fitted last month at a cost of £450 following diagnosis of a coolant leak. Replacement coil pack covers also fitted at the same time.
Also subject to a major recent service (circa 1k miles ago) and health check by PCS, a Mercedes Specialist in Hampshire; at a cost of nearly £1,500.
Service History (all in Japan, with the last one by PCS in the UK).
The service book lists all mileages in km, but I have done the conversion to miles:
I sourced and imported the car myself from Japan, with the help of an agent in November 2018. When it arrived in the UK it was inspected on arrival by PCS. The garage declared the underside ‘clean enough to eat your dinner off’. On visual inspection it appears to be rust-free.
This was a grade 4.5B in Japan - the highest grading condition possible for a used car of its age. All paperwork from Japan including the grading sheet showing the appraisal condition at point of purchase and importantly, its mileage, is available to the buyer.
As regards insurance, I have had no difficulties or additional expense arranging cover via my usual broker, Classicline.
PCS attended to the following work on arrival:
1. Full checkover
2. Fitted UK number plate plinths front and rear so that European oblong number plates can be used.
3. Coded to UK spec so that the instrument cluster reads in English and the odometer in miles (45,458 miles on arrival, now showing 46,000).
4. Carried out an 'A' Service using Mobil 1 0-40 oil.
5. Adjusted front wheel bearings.
6. Replaced rear brake hoses and brake fluid
7. Replaced engine and gearbox mounts
8. Replaced front cross arms
9. Replaced oil cooler seals
10. Replaced sidelight bulbs
11. Checked and confirmed condition of factory underseal, which is as Euro spec cars and in perfect condition.
12. Carried out MOT - pass with no advisories.
I also carried out the following work:
1. Replaced xenon headlight bulbs
2. Replaced defective bonnet strut with genuine Mercedes parts (£79.99).
The car has a custom exhaust system which releases some welcome growl without too much antisocial noise. I had an additional silencer added by Infinity Exhausts in Bristol in order to take the edge off. Visually, the exhaust uses the original AMG tips and looks standard.
This is my second C55, the first a saloon I owned nine years ago and have fond memories of. They are simpler than the more modern stuff with no air suspension or turbos to give trouble, this was part of my rationale for buying another at this age.
They are also rare, more so in this condition with much recent work from a Mercedes specialist. Most Japanese imports tend to be brought across by dealers and slapped on a forecourt or into auction with nothing done to them. Even at low mileage, my car has had many of the common age-related issues addressed with over £2.5k now spent since its arrival.
Note: UK import duty and VAT has been paid and paperwork is available to substantiate this.
It has a stamped Mercedes service book from its time in Japan (all in Japanese obviously - but it is possible to see dates and mileages of services) and a UK service book detailing the recent service on arrival in the UK. It has had nine services across its 45k miles. I have invoices to back up my expenditure in the UK.
Why am I selling? Reluctantly given all I've done to it and the money spent, but due to a recent change in circumstances I can no longer justify four cars; so we've decided to keep our Passat estate and my old E39 BMW which I'm attached to.
Now for the boring bits:
Any inspection invited (RAC/ Mercedes specialist etc.), at buyers cost and my convenience. Text or phone offers not taken seriously - please come and view if you are interested.
Test drives only with proof of fully comp insurance for this car, otherwise I will drive.
Payment must be made in full cleared funds before car will be released.
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