This Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG Kompressor is a tastefully-specified, original example of the marque’s C215-generation ultimate luxury coupe. Under the long bonnet is a supercharged 5.4-litre ‘M113’ V8 engine producing 493bhp and 516lb ft of torque; enough for this near two-tonne car to reach 60mph from rest in 4.8 seconds. The odometer reads 82,026 miles from new.

First registered on 1 January 2003, this CL55 has been owned and enjoyed by the current vendor, a motor trader, since June 2016. The C215-generation CL-class was a technological powerhouse when launched, continuing the Mercedes-Benz tradition of breaking new ground with each model generation. Among the highlights were Active Body Control (ABC), a suspension system which used four hydraulic suspension rams and advanced electronics to ensure the car maintained a flat posture during hard cornering. This car benefits from that system, along with cutting-edge specifications for the time which included bi-xenon HID headlights, full leather interior, trip computer and sat nav.

This example is an early supercharged CL55 AMG, introduced for the 2003 model year to replace the naturally-aspirated CL55 AMG (hence the ‘Kompressor’ wing badging).

Finished in Designo Emerald Blue, this CL55 wears its 17 years well. Save for a dashing of stone chips present on the front end and a small scratch on the rear bumper, the Mercedes is free of any serious paint defects, and the chrome strip running the entire vehicle retains its lustre. The model-specific badging and glass are likewise in excellent order.

There are small scuffs next to the passenger rear jacking point in the sill, and the AMG-branded exhaust tips would require attention to regain their original finish, but these are minor cosmetic concerns.

Riding on the original set of 19in five-spoke AMG alloy wheels, these are in very good condition, with only the condition of the wheel bolts and three-pointed star centre caps indicative of the car’s true age.

Moving inside, this CL55 is an opulent mix of luxury and technology, with room for four adult occupants in supreme comfort. As the flagship of the range, the CL was well-optioned from the factory, with a sat nav, sunroof, automatic lights and wipers, electric and heated front seats, electric windows and dual-zone air conditioning. The seller reports that all electrical gadgets are in working order.

The sumptuous black leather seats are likewise in very good condition, with no rips or tears in their upholstery. The driver’s seat AMG badging in the backrest appears to be loose, and there are light signs of usage on some of the switchgear. The instruments – including an LCD display are likewise in full working order.

This elegant Mercedes has benefited from regular servicing throughout its life. Most recently, an ‘A’ service was carried out by Todmorden Independent on 21 June 2019. This entailed replacement of one of the ABC suspension pipes, with the system flushed and recalibrated at a marque specialist in Dronsfield.

Prior to this, on 13 September 2018 the NSR suspension strut was replaced by the same specialist at 79,378 miles. A full service history follows this advert. The most recent MOT test was on 20 March 2020 at 81,919 miles. This resulted in a clean pass with zero advisories. This performance coupe wears matching Accelera tyres all round, which have approximately 6mm of tread remaining.

A highly original example of this performance motorway missile, this CL55 will be supplied to its next owner with its full complement of owners’ manuals and wallet, two remote central locking keys and two keyless entry cars, as well as a collection of historic invoices and stamped service book. The original spare wheel will be included, along with an integrated toolkit featuring fuses and hand tools.

Combining relentless performance from its supercharged V8 with a desirable colour combination and comprehensive service history, this CL55 AMG is a superb example of the marque’s luxury performance coupe. While it could happily be savoured for use exclusively on weekends and holidays, such is the nature of its effortless performance and luxurious features that this car could be used as an exciting and cosseting daily driver should the next owner wish to do so.

Summary of service history

  • 21/06/2019: ‘A’ service, replacement ABC suspension pipe, Dronsfield Mercedes specialist, mileage not stated
  • 13/09/2018: Replace NSR suspension strut, Dronsfield Mercedes specialist, 79,378 miles
  • 20/06/2018: Replace brake discs, pads and fluid all round, Todmorden Independent Grage, 77,284 miles
  • 19/06/2017: Oil service, 77,284 miles
  • 23/05/15: Front lower ball joints and gearbox service carried out, Graham Marsh, mileage not stated
  • 12/05/2015: ‘B’ service, Merc Services Mercedes Specialist, 68,912 miles
  • 08/02/2014: New ABC pump and filter fitted following system flush. New engine mounts and gearbox support mounts, Graham Marsh, mileage not stated
  • 06/04/2013: ‘A’ service, Merc Services Mercedes Specialist, 54,707 miles
  • 21/09/2012: New gear selector fitted, Prestige Autotech, mileage not stated
  • 30/03/2012: Brake discs and pads replaced, Mercedes-Benz of Brighton, mileage not stated
  • 06/03/2012: ‘A’ service, replacement brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters and drive belt, Mercedes-Benz of Brighton, 40,962 miles
  • 17/01/2011: ‘B’ service, Mercedes-Benz of Gatwick, 28,150 miles
  • 30/01/2009: ‘A’ service, Mercedes-Benz of Exeter, 20,899 miles
  • 20/09/2006: ‘B’ service, Mercedes-Benz of Exeter, 15,165 miles
  • 19/11/2004: ‘A’ service, Mercedes-Benz of Exeter, 9,429 miles

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Car Overview

  • 82,026 miles
  • automatic
  • RHD
  • Designo Emerald Blue
  • Black leather
  • 5.4L
  • VINWDB2153742A032817

Lot Overview

  • Lot #01368
  • trade Sale
  • Middlesborough, United Kingdom


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