The Details

Mercedes SL55 AMG




  • Mileage: 96,200
  • Year: 2004
  • MOT Expiry: April 2023
  • Exterior Colour: Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Anthracite Leather
  • Top speed: 155
  • 0-60mph: 4.7
  • BHP: 476
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 5439cc
  • Engine Configuration: Supercharged V8

Model History

The Mercedes SL range was already a well established and a respected series in the manufacturers line up. The R230 SL was the fifth generation of the hugely successful line up, which had started way back in 1954. The designation SL derives from the German Sport Leicht, or Sport Lightweight and was first applied to the 300SL 'Gullwing' named also after its gullwing or upward-opening doors.

The R230 version replaced the R129, which had run from 89-02. Produced from 02-11 the fifth generation SL, R230, featured a folding hard top named by Mercedes as the Vario Roof. Initially the car was only available with a 5L V8 in 500SL format followed shortly after with the mighty SL55 AMG version featuring a tuned supercharged version of the 500SLs V8 engine.

AMG used the M113 V8 engine from the SL500 however significant work has gone into the redesign of the engine for its AMG application, The hand-assembled engine is stroked from 84 millimeters to 92, increasing displacement from 4966cc to 5439, and the forged aluminum pistons drop the compression ratio from 10.0:1 to 9:0:1. There are heavy-duty bearings with cross-bolted mains at the bottom end, plus a new sump and a more powerful oil pump. Top-end mods include double valve springs, reprofiled cams, and bigger intake and exhaust plumbing taking the power of the engine to a whopping 493bhp.

The AMG engineers also adapted the brakes, axles, wheels and tyres along with subtle styling modifications such as dynamic AMG-style bumpers, side skirts and 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. The options list was endless and included Panoramic roof, Keyless go, Parktronic, Exclusive Leather, Multic-ontour seats with Massage, Mobile phone prep, TV Tuner and Distronic.

The SL55 AMG was the preferred choice for the FIA safety car in the 2002 F1 Grand Prix season.


Obsidian Black metallic paintwork, Anthracite AMG leather upholstery, 18-inch multi-spoke AMG alloy wheels, 5-speed automatic gearbox, Heated electric seats with multi-contour adjustment, ABC suspension (Active Body Control), Bose premium sound system, CD changer, COMAND, Automatic bi-xenon headlights, Rain-sensitive wipers, Electric folding door mirrors, Electric folding roof, Electric windows, Parking sensors, Cruise control, Climate control AC, Rear luggage straps, Spare key.


This SL55 is presented in distinguished Obsidian Black metallic. The bodywork remains in excellent condition with only a few minor imperfections to note on close inspection. In line with the mileage there is a dusting of light frontal stone chips but otherwise the paintwork maintains a deep, even shine following a full detail and machine polish on arrival with us. Being really picky there is a small pin dent on the top of the boot lid and a discreet hairline crack on the top edge of the rear bumper just below the offside light unit, both easily missed. The electric folding roof is in fine order, working perfectly and folding neatly away with no leaks or creaks.



The lavish SL cabin is trimmed in Anthracite AMG leather adorning almost every surface. Sitting in the supportive heated and electric seats you notice the interior is rich in fine detail, from the beautiful sweeping leather-stitched dashboard to the Alcantara instrument binnacle. Contrasting silver trim adds to the elegant aesthetic, and in the footwells you’ll find genuine SL overmats protecting the spotless grey carpets. The seats present in fantastic condition with only a small amount of expected wear on the driver’s side to report. Other commonly worn areas such as the steering wheel and gear selector also appear in fine original condition.


The SL55’s supercharged 5.4-litre V8 fires up with an intoxicating rumble and produces an impressive 476hp at 6100rpm. The smooth five-speed automatic gearbox can also be operated using paddle-shifts on the steering wheel for faster changes, helping to pull the car up to 60mph in a swift 4.7 seconds.

The mechanics of this example have always been maintained to a high standard, and out of the 11 services the car has received, 8 of them were carried out by Mercedes main dealers. The last service was done by Mercedes-Benz of Hull in April 2022 little over 1k miles ago. Since arriving with us a full mechanical inspection has also been carried out for the new keeper’s peace of mind.


The 18-inch AMG alloy wheels have just returned from a full refurbishment to the highest standard by Lepsons; they all present in perfect condition and look especially smart with the correct diamond-cut finish. They are shod in matching Yokohama tyres with ample tread left. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, the large 8-pot AMG calipers feeling particularly powerful and responsive.

History File

This handsome example was first registered in June 2004. It has now driven 96k miles in the hands of 5 registered keepers, the current since 2013. The car is accompanied by an excellent maintenance record with 11 services having been carried out since new, as detailed below. The History File is complete with the original owner’s document pack and all handbooks, a raft of Mercedes and specialist invoices, the stamped service booklet, MOT certificates, a spare key, and the V5C showing only 4 former keepers. The car is currently registered on a dateless 6-digit ‘AMG’ cherished plate, which is included with the sale.

23/03/2005 at 10,421 miles – Mercedes-Benz
08/03/2006 at 20,600 miles – Mercedes-Benz
13/11/2006 at 29,415 miles – Mercedes-Benz
13/01/2009 at 38,373 miles – Mercedes-Benz
22/10/2010 at 48,135 miles – Mercedes-Benz
11/04/2011 at 51,419 miles – Saxton 4x4
25/07/2012 at 67,902 miles – Saxton 4x4
31/05/2013 at 74,603 miles – Howe Motors Ltd.
01/05/2015 at 83,073 miles – Mercedes-Benz
17/06/2017 at 91,242 miles – Mercedes-Benz
08/04/2022 at 95,907 miles – Mercedes-Benz

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