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The Black Series We Never Got: 2007 SLK55 AMG Black Series

We don’t feature too many cars outside North America but when we do, Auto Leitner, out of Alkmaar, Netherlands, is typically where we focus our attention. From unicorn daily drivers to the most exotic classics, their stable always has a myriad of choice examples. Today’s focus is one of the more forgotten or overlooked modern AMG’s, the SLK55 AMG Black Series. As the second car to get the treatment following the CLK63, this car had the same principles of more power, more weight savings, and more carbon fiber applied to the build. This 2007 SLK55 AMG Black Series can be found here on the Auto Leitner website with 31,000 kms on the odometer and a price tag of €147,500.

As a Black Series model that was never sold in the North American market, it’s easy to over look this car but low production numbers certainly help keep it below the radar. With only 100 of these cars being made, they’re extremely rare to see in public and considering this is the only one currently listed for sale, they’re not changing hands as often as the CLK variants. At first glance, this car may look largely similar to the SLK55’s we’re accustomed to seeing but in true Black Series fashion, it wakes up beneath the surface. The M113 cranks out 400hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, the car’s managed to lose 100 lbs of weight, and like it’s younger brother, the SL65 AMG Black Series, this SLK has ditched the folding hardtop in lieu of a carbon fiber fixed roof. It may not be as “in your face” as some of its wide-fender siblings but it’s all business when the pedal hits the floor.

Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic (197) over a Black/Anthracite cabin, this little brute proves that AMG’s look best when left to let the drive speak for itself. Typically we take this section to point out any exterior flaws but this car really does seem to be “collection worthy." The paint looks absolutely fantastic and the model specific polished 19” wheels really pop against the Obsidian Black background. Subtle hints like vents behind the front wheels and a lower ride height remind onlookers this car is something special.

Peek into the interior and the story is much different, it’s obvious this SLK has some attitude behind the badge. Most notably the massively bolstered black racing bucket seats seem to dominate the cabin but there are hints of Black Series on every panel. The door cards, now formed carbon fiber have the AMG logo embossed where the side airbag typically sits and more carbon fiber stretches across the dashboard, center console, and dials. Buyers at the time had the choice of a few options including carbon fiber trim (shown on this car), an AMG Leather package (No included), and an exterior carbon fiber package (also not included).

The aggressive simplicity of this SLK is what makes this car so appealing. A strong power to weight ratio, low production numbers, and a little of that Black Series magic is sure to solidify this cars place in AMG history and would be a great addition to any collection. Considering there are already some miles on this example also means the next owner shouldn’t be afraid of putting some weekend miles on the car as they see fit. We’re just hoping these cars reach import-age before the values creep up too much.



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