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High Revving V8 with a Hint of Batmobile: 2007 SLK55 AMG

As we pointed out earlier this week, AMG-tuned SLK’s can be great fun, no matter the generation or engine. As we have a soft spot for the naturally aspirated M113 V8 we naturally gravitate towards the second generation (R171) SLK55. It touts a 4.5 second 0-60 and almost 60 pound-feet more torque than the W210 E55 AMG. This 2007 SLK55 has recently been listed outside of Stuart, Florida here on Craigslist for $17,000. It shows 97k miles on the odometer and is offered completely stock with thorough documentation and maintenance records.

Finished in Black (040) over a Black Nappa leather and Anthracite interior, this little SLK sure does appear more mature than similar R171 counterparts currently on the market. Those “in the know” recognize the differences between early R171 AMG’s compared to later examples. Larger front brakes, less nannies, and a few interior goodies that make for a more connected driver experience make the early SLK55’s more desirable among enthusiasts and seem to enforce value retention, especially when the datacard can support a solid options list. A few minor blemishes are pointed out by the seller including a small ding on the drivers door and a couple cracks across the lower valence of the front bumper. Otherwise, this car presents itself nicely and doesn’t seem to need much cosmetic clean-up.

Although these cars shine with the tops up they really come into their own when the top is retracted into the trunk. Thankfully this 2007 example is fitted with the desirable "Airscarf" heating option (403 on the datacard) to keep the driver and passenger comfortable through all seasons. The cabin appears nicely kept and seems to have been well cared for as this car has seen a decent amount of Florida sun over the years. Those early model-specific shift paddles can be seen poking out from the back of the steering wheel and aside from a little light wear on the drivers seat bolster, the interior has held up very well. Recent maintenance includes an oil and oil filter change, BMC air filters, a new transmission conductor plate, a new MAF sensor, and a transmission fluid change with an oil pan upgrade, along with a new filter. All recent work has been performed at RENNtech HQ, further building value in this listing.

As 1 of 549 SLK55’s in 2007, this SLK is among the rarer AMG models for the era and although it’s down on power when compared to its M156 powered siblings, the power to weight ratio of this car creates ample opportunity for fun with the push of a pedal. Prospective buyers who haven’t driven an AMG SLK really should consider these cars as competition to a BMW Z4M or Audi TTRS in the roadster segments rather than a less expensive counterpart to the brutal SL’s of the same generation. They’re light, nimble, and offer a driver-tuned experience unparalleled by the larger ‘Bahn Bruisers.


 


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