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THE down­turn in Aus­tralia’s lux­ury-car sales, off by more than 15 per cent last month for the main con­tenders, has had zero im­pact on the costli­est Mercedes-Benz here.

The Mercedes SL 65 AMG Black Se­ries has sparked a gold rush worth more than $5 mil­lion to the com­pany, and a nearsell­out re­sult for a car cost­ing close to $650,000.

Nine of the 10 cars al­lo­cated for lo­cal own­ers have sold and MercedesBenz Aus­tralia is chas­ing ex­tra sup­plies.

‘‘Ini­tially we thought we could sell five cars, but we went for 10. We po­ten­tially have more peo­ple in­ter­ested,’’ MercedesBenz spokesman David McCarthy says.

‘‘Most are ex­ist­ing AMG own­ers. Two have Ital­ian cars.’’

The SL suc­cess fol­lows a sell­out with 40 $300,000 CLK Black Se­ries cars.

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