Mercedes CLK 55/63 AMG

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Hard to be­lieve you can now buy a hand­built and hard-charg­ing CLK 55 AMG for less than £10k. The hand­some CLK coupés and con­vert­ibles were a mon­ster hit for Mercedes in the 2000s and ad­mired for their strong me­chan­i­cals, bril­liant build and easy own­er­ship. While most were sweet­spin­ning CLK 200 Kom­pres­sor con­vert­ibles, a hand­ful left Stuttgart with the epic AMG V8 that also did duty in the E 55 and SL 55.

Now prices of the W208 CLK 55 are so low it makes you want to burst out cheer­ing. How about the £5999 be­ing asked by JTT Au­tos in New Malden for an 80,000-mile 2000 coupé in blue with his­tory, or the pri­vate seller in Oke­hamp­ton with a two-owner 44,000-mile coupé for £10,250? Look harder and you can énd the facelift W209 CLK 55s for even more tempt­ing money. Apex Per­for­mance in Hud­der­séeld has a 2003 coupé in sil­ver with 79k miles for £8995. That’s 342bhp and 0-60mph in 4.9sec.

Ex­pect only 15mpg if you en­joy your­self, but apart from the no­to­ri­ous W208 body rust (which AMG cars don’t seem to suf­fer as much from) they’re pretty easy to own.

There’s a mas­sive price dif­fer­ence be­tween coupés and con­vert­ibles and a dealer in Es­sex has a 2005 W209 CLK 55 drop-top in black with two own­ers, full his­tory and 49,000 miles for £18,650 – prob­a­bly one of fewer than 50 im­ported into the UK. Given its orig­i­nal price tag of close to £80k, that’s not ex­pen­sive.

At the pin­na­cle of the CLK AMG pyra­mid comes per­haps the most com­pelling bar­gain of all – the CLK 63, and there are only 73 in the UK. Crank­ing out 481bhp, there’s much of the Black Se­ries CLK’S soul in the stan­dard car’s me­chan­i­cals and run­ning gear. Mole Val­ley Group in Sur­rey has a 2006 sil­ver coupé with 60k miles for £19,995 and Ashtead Mo­tor Trad­ing in Sur­rey has an­other 2006 in black with 44k for £25,990. The 63 con­vert­ibles are ex­tra de­sir­able and Manor Garage in Wilt­shire has a 2007 CLK 63 cabri­o­let with just 22,000 miles for £34,995. It might sound a lot but 63 cabri­o­let val­ues are on the rise with one Merc dealer pitch­ing a 2007 with 20k for £42,995. Find any AMG CLK in éne con­di­tion, with dealer his­tory and low mileage and you’ll have hit on a canny in­vest­ment that will make an elec­tri­fy­ing daily driver. As a mod­ern clas­sic with Porsche-bait­ing per­for­mance they’re un­beat­able value.

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