The thought of a scorching rod automobile is to stuff as a lot motor into as small and lightweight a physique as is feasible, an idea for which in the present day’s Good Worth or No Cube C55 AMG is an ideal instance. Let’s see if it’s value un-stuffing your pockets to purchase.
I don’t know the way many individuals purchase vehicles exterior of their basic locale. I mean, I suppose anyone like Leno does, however I believe for many of us, shopping for any new or used automobile is one thing we favor to do near house.
That raised a difficulty for potential patrons of yesterday’s 1990 Jaguar XJ-S V12 because it gave the impression to be about 3 years out from present registration, implying the potential for having to pay these again tag charges. Perhaps worse, it portended an incapability to move California’s title switch smog take a look at. As quite a lot of you identified, residing exterior of California eradicated this drawback fully, simply so long as a brand new proprietor might get the automobile throughout the border with out regulation enforcement dinging it for these expired tags. At $9,995 that was an intriguing prospect for a lot of, and the automobile got here away with a laudable 56 % Good Worth win.
Have you learnt anybody how has had a nostril job? You realize, the cosmetic surgery that’s medically generally known as “rhinoplasty,” meant to re-sculpt one’s sniffer? If not, then enable me to introduce you to this 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG saloon, as this mannequin is noteworthy for having undergone front-end surgical procedure to permit for the lodging of its 5.4 liter, 362 horsepower V8 engine.
The C55 AMG relies on the usual W203 platform, which was first launched for the 2001 mannequin yr. As this compact Benz was meant to compete with BMW’s 3 Collection, Mercedes naturally deliberate for a scorching version so the M3 had a playmate. At first, that resulted within the C32 AMG, a mannequin given a supercharged 3.2 liter V6 good for an inexpensive 276 horsepower. But, as BMW made the plan to maneuver the M3 to V8 energy, so too did Mercedes with the W203 C Class. Sadly, wedging the M113 V8 into the W203’s engine bay wasn’t fairly as straightforward as getting a supermodel into her skinny denims. The trouble required a re-engineering of the automobile from the firewall ahead, giving it the identical elements from the equally spec’d CLK55 AMG. On the identical time, Mercedes gave the automobile a wider observe, larger 18-inch wheels, and a tauter suspension to make the most effective use of the C55’s new-found hairy-chested-ness.
This 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG is claimed to be simply because it was when it left the manufacturing unit. It sports activities black paint over a gray Napa leather-upholstered inside and comes with 164,000 miles on the clock. The vendor describes the automobile as having been “Fantastically properly maintained,” and says it comes with brand-new tires on these manufacturing unit alloys, in addition to a clear title.
The outside of the automobile appears to current properly within the advert, with no main points in both paint or the underlying bodywork obvious within the photos. There does appear to be a little bit of curb rash on the alloys, however which will merely be a trick of the photographs being blown up bigger than they need to be. Finest to carry off judgment on these till they are often seen in particular person.
The inside seems to be stable however considerably drained. That’s largely owed to the sunshine hue of the upholstery which appears to have held onto each little bit of minor grime it has ever met. There’s additionally what seems to be a woodgrain appliqué on the sprint and glovebox which is able to most likely not be to everybody’s style. I’m undecided how a lot harm eradicating that may trigger.
Except for these minor gripes, the cabin seems to be full and the upholstery appears majoritively intact with no wear-through evident on the bolsters or different high-traffic areas. Heavy-duty rubber mats defend the carpet which, in its uncovered areas, seems to be to be in positive form.
With its hand-built, naturally aspirated V8 and uprated suspension, the C55 actually is at one other degree from its extra mundane W203 siblings. Was this automobile a real M3 competitor? Ehh, perhaps. The dearth of a guide choice (the Benz solely got here with a five-speed automated) ensured that many row-yer-own lovers discounted it as such. Mercedes has at all times positioned their AMG choices in a barely totally different trend than BMW has its M vehicles. With the AMG vehicles, it’s been extra about brute power relatively than nuanced all-around excessive efficiency. If that appeals to you then you’ll little doubt just like the expertise a automobile like this C55 gives. If not a real M3 competitor, it’s at the very least a real scorching rod.
What may such a scorching rod, with this automobile’s mileage and look rightfully price? Effectively, the asking worth right here is $8,500, which, rattling, is quite a lot of ponies to your pennies. Is it a deal, nonetheless? That’s as much as you to determine.
What do you suppose, is that this C55 value that $8,500 asking? Or does that worth put this AMG out of attain?
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