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2003 Mercedes SL 55 AMG (R230)

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  • Mileage~58,333 on the clock
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.5L
  • LocationHalisham


2003 Mercedes SL 55 AMG (R230)

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Alan Stuart
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Quite possibly the most ultimate grand tourer ever made - read on to find out more about this awesome car.

German engineering at its finest. Costing over £117,000 when new in base form, the SL 55 AMG Kompressor is a ~496BHP two-seater sports car restricted to 155mph, but reported to be capable of exceeding ~200mph with the restrictor removed. A massive powerhouse of an engine which launches the car from 0-60mph in a staggering ~4.6 seconds.

This particular 2003 Mercedes SL 55 comes with a few well-chosen extras, including the lovely red leather with heating, cooling and massaging seats, adaptive cruise control which was quite an expensive extra when new for the time, Parktronic system which includes parking sensors to the front and rear, there are 18” multi-spoke alloy wheels, and of course, the panoramic automatic hard top.

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

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Meet the owner

Just two previous keepers have had the pleasure of this wonderful 2003 Mercedes SL55 AMG Kompressor.

Daniel is a sports car specialist that found this low mileage, low ownership SL 55 AMG in superb condition. He has had some jobs on the car, such as a recent "A service" at Mercedes Benz, and a new MOT was given, meaning it has a clean bill of health for its new custodian.

The car has seen just 2 former keepers, both keeping the car for some time and the condition of the car reflects this too. Please feel free to ask Daniel any questions about the car in the comments below.

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Panoramic, removable roof is the ultimate must-have option making it the perfect usable convertible.

Wheels and Tyres

The 18” AMG original wheels are in very good condition, with no apparent signs of damage, being picky we noticed a small amount of white worm in places under the lacquer of the diamond cut faces - an easy repair at some point in the future.

The tyres have a good amount of tread remaining - noted on the recent MOT was that the fronts were slightly cracking but were deemed safe for use, and an MOT was granted.
Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.


Looking around the beautiful SL55 AMG, the bodywork is in excellent shape with no dings or dents spotted. The panel gaps align nicely all around the car, with no visible issues to mention.

The panoramic roof is the SL’s party trick, fully opening and closing in a matter of seconds at the touch of a button; it’s perfect for all weathers.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-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.


Finished in Obsidian Black (197U), the paintwork on the Mercedes is in excellent condition.

There is the odd stone chip here and there, as you would expect, - but really nothing that needs any attention. This is one of the best SLs we've seen in recent years.

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 hi-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 windows are all in good condition with no apparent scratches, and the seals also appear in good order.

The Bi-xenon headlights are in good condition with no splits or cracks, and the same can be said for the lower fogs and rear lights.


What a place to be - leather, heated, cooling and massaging seats - life can be so tough sometimes.

Seats and Carpets

What more can we say about the seats in the Mercedes? They are simply fantastic! Red leather AMG seats hold you snugly, and there are no signs of excessive wear to the bolsters apart from some minimal creasing. All the significant bits, like the heating, cooling, and massaging, are working as they should

The carpets inside the SL are in excellent condition with no signs of wear, and there is a set of factory-fit mats to protect them.

Inside the boot is nice and clean, and there is also a Mercedes cleaning kit to help keep the SL55 in the tip-top condition it has become accustomed to.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The dashboard is in good condition. Finished in black leather, there are no scuffs to point out. The instruments are working correctly, with the odometer showing a reading of ~58,333 miles and no warning lights are displayed when the engine is running.

Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in good order, with just some light shining on the leather in keeping with the age of the SL. The gearknob is finished in red leather to match the seats and is in good condition, and this also incorporates the engine start/stop button.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


5.5 litres should be enough for most - but the SL55 AMG is also supercharged, taking things to the next level.

Engine and Gearbox

Fitted with the amazing 5.5 litre, supercharged M113K engine, breathed on by the wizards at AMG, this is one grand tourer which is a force to be reckoned with. The engine fires up as you would expect, without hesitation. No untoward noises come from the engine bay, and there were no signs of any leaks when we visited the car.

The gearbox is a five-speed automatic, or there is the option to use the steering wheel buttons to shift up or down. The change is smooth, and as you would expect, the SL55 pulls like a train through the gears.

Suspension and Brakes

On the road, no knocks or bangs are coming from any corner of the car. The SL is fitted with ABC Suspension (Active Body Control), which results in a superb handling car capable of giving an incredible driving experience.

The Drive

This is one of those cars which gives you the grin factor as soon as you step in. Then upon starting it, the grin just gets bigger! It is a superb machine with amazing technology, creating a brilliant two-seater with ~496bhp.

What is there not to like?

Electrics and Other

Inside, the SL55 AMG switchgear is in good condition, and everything is reported to work as it should. There is also satellite navigation as part of the factory head-unit. However, please keep in mind that this is a system from 2003 and is less up-to-date than more modern units.

Some key elements to this car in terms of options include the top of the line seats, adaptive cruise control, and the Parktronic system. Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

History and Paperwork

With two keys, owner's handbooks, and recent service and MOT - the SL55 is ready for its new home.

The SL has a nice amount of history backed up with several invoices. In addition, there are two keys present, along with the owner's manuals. The most recent service occurred on 25.01.2023 at 58,318 miles.

This an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to step inside a top of the range grand tourer. Not only a grand tourer but an AMG-tuned grand tourer, which makes a great deal of difference, as you will see once behind the wheel.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and 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 on 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.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

This is an auction on behalf of a trade seller and normal auction rules apply, i.e. there is no warranty, no return policy and bids are binding with more info in our terms and conditions. As you can see, we go to great lengths to represent the car as fully and as accurately as we can, so please take time to review the entire listing, images and videos and also ask any questions you may have in the 'Ask Owner' section before placing your bid.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
25.01.2023 Service / MOT 58,318
20.03.2021 MOT 58,271
30.06.2018 MOT 58,044
30.01.2017 MOT 57,268
21.03.2015 MOT 57,001
10.01.2014 Service 56,486
19.11.2013 MOT 56,472
11.12.2012 MOT 54,760
09.12.2011 MOT 54,271
06.12.2010 MOT 52,992
22.09.2010 Service 52,012
03.12.2009 MOT 48,594
04.12.2008 Service/MOT 41,778
20.11.2007 MOT 37,734
23.11.2006 Service 31,409
21.11.2006 MOT 31,409
Key Details
  • ModelSL 55 AMG (R230)
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date12.12.2003
  • CC5439
  • Mileage~58,333 on clock
  • HistoryYes
  • ColourObsidian Black
  • Interior ColourRed
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WDB2304742F070584
  • Engine #11399260023148
  • Last Service25.01.23
  • MOTYes Exp. 24.01.2024
  • HPi ClearYes - all clear
  • Former Keepers2
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypeTrade - No Warranty
  • Key FeatureLow Mileage and Ownership
  • Auction ID1126

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Thanks for sharing the video. I didn’t get the traffic light check list for mine in January. Just got a tick sheet confirming the points that were raised in the video.



Please would you share the 2023 inspection report from the Mercedes service? Its the red amber, green checklist that shows recommended work, you have shared the one from 2014, so hope there are no expensive fixes needed based on Merc inspection. Thanks




Between the rear wheels? Was the cover just removed for the photos?


Thanks. I have an SLK55 but can’t get in or out of it easily any more! What is the work done at the rear in the photos?


Thanks. Why are you selling?


Hi Daniel. Any leaks into the boot? Thanks. Harvey


Hi there

Do you know if the ABC suspension pump has been replaced in the life of the car, thanks


Have any services been performed or has any maintenance been done between 2014 and 2023?


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Hailsham, East Sussex

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