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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

Lot No.: 201

Registration: LM53 OTV
Chassis Number: WDB2304742F070716
Engine Number: 1139260023144
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 5.4
Year of Manufacture: 2004
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 47,250

Introduced in 2002, after some five years in development, the R230 Series SL Roadster was an engineering 'tour de force'. Painstakingly modelled on a state-of-the-art supercomputer which enabled the designers to analyse every curve and line, it looked utterly sensational with an air of barely contained aggression that gave it huge road presence. Packed full of sophisticated electronic driver aids which made it immensely safe but also fun to drive, it was an instant hit with press and public alike and is widely considered to be the best-looking Mercedes for many years. The power-operated aluminium folding roof was particularly admired and would disappear into the top of the boot at the press of a button in just 16 seconds, yet still leave enough room underneath for 206 litres of luggage space. It was in 2003 that the stunning looking SL55 AMG version was introduced. Seriously powerful and massively fast, the 5.4-litre engine gave 476 BHP and a tree stump pulling 520lbs/ feet of torque! Early owners included the, notoriously difficult to please, Jeremy Clarkson, who became quite vocal about his enthusiasm for the way it drove, the way it looked and above all, the way it sounded! Featuring the amazing "Panoramic Electric Glass Roof System", it became the sports car to own between 2003 and 2006.

This particular SL55 was registered on the 9th of January 2004, to Mercedes-Benz directly and then subsequently sold to its one real owner who was a merchant banker. It was bought for his wife who, strangely, did not like the car and consequently it spent most of its life being mothballed and rarely used, explaining the odometer reading of just over 4,300 miles. LM53 OTV is finished in Diamond Silver with a sumptuous Charcoal sports leather interior and clearly has had little wear, still generating that lovely combination of aromatic leather and new car feel when sitting in it for the first time. The car comes with all of its original book pack in the proper Mercedes presenter and is showing evidence of service history details with a more recent full and comprehensive service just completed at the end of April this year. This is a very special example of Mercedes market-leading 'Grand Tourer' that surely is unrepeatable at this mileage?

Note -- The registration number showing will not be supplied with the car and has been replaced by LM53 OTV --