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2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 Elegance (C209)

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  • Mileage~48,262
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.0L
  • LocationCamberley


2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 Elegance (C209)

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

The CLK 500 coupe is a genuine modern classic, packing a V8 in its grand tourer body.

The second generation of Mercedes CLK carried over the sterling reputation of the mid-sized coupe with even more refinement, power and grace. With the same quality and ability to carry 4 people as its bigger sisters, these fully equipped grand tourers also offered a genuine novelty. Thanks to its stout chassis platform, the designers were confident enough to create a genuine pillarless coupe, evoking the classic sporting Mercedes coupes of the 1960s. The M113 5.0-litre 24-valve fuel-injected V8 engine offers ample power and flexibility to complement the balance of a luxurious ride and fine handling. Performing as a luxury tourer with a hint of agility, there are not many other V8 coupes of this calibre, which offer subtlety and elegance. A modern classic in every sense of the word, the CLK Mercedes comes with the guarantee of quality, sophistication and comfort.

Finished in silver with a black leather interior, this 2003 CLK 500 Elegance has been well and truly pampered by each one of its 3 previous owners. Superbly appointed, it has an excellent service record, just ~48,262 miles on the clock, two keys, and an MOT to November 2024.

This listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Richard the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

The CLK500 is almost as quick as my old Porsche 930, and has its own very pleasing but different soundtrack.

Used very much as an occasional car, Richard has a long history of driving prestigious cars. Initially wanting the cabriolet, he drove the coupe and concluded he wasn't missing much due to the pillarless design.

Unfortunately, both Richard and his wife are far less mobile than they were and need a higher car now with access becoming more difficult. After ~5 enjoyable years, it is time for someone else to enjoy the V8 noise and Mercedes style along with its sheer usability. He will be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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Exceptionally presented, its sparkling condition really betrays this CLK's age.

Wheels and Tyres

The 17” 7-spoke alloys are all in tidy condition, with no significant signs of any noticeable damage.

Fitted with a full set of Pirelli tyres, the rear items date from 2021, with the front two slightly older. All display an even and legal amount of tread.


The exterior of the car presents very well, with no discernible corrosion or dents observed, other than a slight sign of age noted on the inner lips of the rear arches. The panel fit and gaps are all tight, with neatly aligned bumpers. All doors open and close with ease. The underside of the car is solid, with no issues noted on the floor pan. The boot floor, inner wheel wells, suspension mounts and engine bay also appear to be in good shape.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


The paint finish is well above the expectations of a car of this age, with a decent lustre and no significant signs of ageing other than a mild under-paint rash just above the nearside front wheel arch. There are a handful of minor surface marks in places, most noticeable on the nose of the car and the nearside rear wing, but otherwise free of scuffs and chips. The lack issues usually caused by outdoor elements supports the car's long-term garage storage.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass is all free from notable cracks or chips, we did notice a little lamination damage on the rear screen edges. The headlamp lenses show mild signs of age, otherwise, all of the lights and lenses are in good order.

Richard also mentioned that the V8 front wing emblems were installed by a previous owner, but otherwise, the trim is perfectly mounted and correct for the model.


Lavish with high-grade materials, the cabin has been well looked after.

Seats and Carpets

The black leather seats are all in excellent condition, with nothing more than the mildest of wear on the driver seat bolster.

The carpets are all very tidy, with no evidence of damp. The boot shows very light use. Take a look through the images to see the detail and condition.


The understated but lavish cabin is highlighted with the subtle use of veneer and quality plastics, which have all lasted exceptionally well. The cabin trim is in great condition with very little in terms of wear.

We couldn’t spot any issues with the condition of the switchgear, controls or dials and everything is said to function as it should. The door cards and headlining are also in excellent condition.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel and automatic gear selector are both in great condition, unmarked and free from any noticeable signs of ageing. What you'd expect given the low mileage nature of the car.


Smooth and powerful, the neatly presented V8 engine pulls with confidence and sounds great.

Engine and Gearbox

The cold start procedure did not pose any issues, firing up immediately, with no unwanted noises coming from the engine. The dashboard warning lights remained off once the engine was on tick-over. The car idled very smoothly with no undulations or hiccups and no signs of unwanted exhaust smoke after the initial condensation cleared. There were no fluid leaks from the car.

The 5G-Tronic automatic transmission was demonstrated to work perfectly well, with Richard not reporting any issues with the shifts or kick down and told us it was smooth and responsive. Watch the video to hear and see the car in action.

Suspension and Brakes

The car braked safely and evenly, behaving very much like a modern car in that respect. The suspension was free from any form of vibrations or knocks, with the car confidently corning without creaks.

The Drive

The seamless power delivery of the 5.0-litre 24-valve fuel-injected V8 engine was demonstrated, once we found a clear stretch of road, the car engine tone remained composed as we reached the legal speed limit. Its abilities are best suited to long distances, yet it performed perfectly around the slower roads, with Richard reporting respectable fuel consumption for a V8 and no issues in terms of the oil pressure and engine temperature.

The CLK is precise and graceful on the move, but its true abilities are in its cruising dynamics, feeling stable and reassuring on the road. The pillarless body, complemented by the thin roof pillars offers the sensation of a cabriolet, without the additional weight.

Electrics and Other

Richard told us all the electrics in the CLK are functioning to his knowledge, he mentioned the heated seats and electric rear window blind were in good working order. The car has a fully functional Alpine sat-nav unit installed. This is the only aftermarket provision fitted to the car and it also retains its spare wheel, tool kit, warning triangle and first aid kit.

History and Paperwork

Coming to market from ~5 year ownership, this CLK 500 is beautifully presented, and regular servicing has helped this CLK provide a reliable experience.

First registered by Mercedes Bromley in March 2003, it comes with 15 service stamps over its lifetime, with the most recent service carried out in October 2023 and has only travelled 50 miles since then.

Most of the invoices are for servicing, with suspension, steering and brake work in 2015 and 2016, followed by new front calipers, pads, discs and suspension arms in 2018. A sensor and condenser were replaced in 2023. Richard also pointed out that the wheels were refurbished in 2010. It comes with an MOT to November 2024 and two keys.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned an HPI check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment of the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

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Service History
Date Type Mileage
31-10-2023 MOT 48,227
31-10-2023 Service 48,227
25-10-2022 MOT 48,090
02-11-2021 MOT 47,772
29-10-2020 MOT 47,608
29-10-2020 Service 47,607
29-10-2019 MOT 47,212
29-10-2019 Service 47,212
06-11-2018 MOT 46,425
10-11-2017 MOT 45,007
22-09-2017 Service 44,446
02-11-2016 MOT 41,694
17-09-2015 MOT 38,452
21-09-2015 Service 38,451
08-09-2014 MOT 34,465
19-11-2013 MOT 32,923
19-11-2013 Service 32,923
14-02-2013 MOT 31,184
18-01-2012 MOT 26,728
18-01-2012 Service 26,728
17-02-2011 MOT 24,604
17-02-2011 Service 24,604
18-02-2010 MOT 20,656
18-02-2010 Service 20,656
19-02-2009 Service 15,618
25-02-2008 MOT 11,691
25-02-2008 Service 11,689
07-03-2007 Service 8,109
01-03-2007 MOT 8,105
02-03-2006 Service 5,160
02-03-2006 MOT 5,157
12-04-2005 Service 3,669
28-04-2004 Service 2,146
Key Details
  • ModelCLK 500 Elegance (C209)
  • Transmission5-Speed Automatic
  • Reg. Date01-03-2003
  • CC4,966
  • Mileage~48,262
  • HistoryGreat
  • ColourSilver
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WDB2093752F041694
  • Engine #11396830471336
  • Last Service31-10-2023
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOT09-11-2024
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes - All clear
  • Former Keepers3
  • Tyre BrandPirelli
  • Tyre Age2021/2016
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~5 years
  • Key FeatureExceptionally Well Presented
  • Auction ID1857