MERCEDES CLK63 AMG BLACK SERIES: SPOTTED
Better looking than the later C63 Black and £30K cheaper to boot
Then there was the track session on some crumbling annexe of Willow Springs. Usually on these events the chaperone ahead is there to cool your boots. But AMG are a bit different and the guys there are as interested in controlled pottering as your average hot-shoe hack. Up ahead in the bright orange CLK63 prototype - the CLK DTM-based cars used to shake down the mighty M156 6.2-litre V8 - AMG chassis man Arnd Meyer (since moved to BMW M) set a fearsome pace, before giggling back in the pits "Do you all drive Escort rally cars back at home? Because every time I look in the mirror the cars are sideways!"
E46 M3 CSL's restrained visual menace, it's frankly an even better car than the later C63 Black, which has a similar character but never looks entirely comfortable in its stick-on wings and other overt track addenda.
Yup, the CLK Black is the one.
found one for £56K we were taken aback. As was someone else, who's bought it since. Even with the ... delightful ... custom quilted leather interior, complete with stuffed intestine 'extra phat' steering wheel. Lovely.
Given the 'upgrades' to that unfortunate example the additional £10K for this standard version with Romans doesn't seem entirely unreasonable, even with 20K on the clock. Cars like this are sensitive to mileage, and examples with fewer on the clock can cost dramatically more. These things are built like tanks, though, and such fun to drive that tucking one away to speculate and accumulate is just a crime. A decent daily runabout cheaper than a C63 Black and, as above, quite possibly the better car, it's one we'd love to own.
MERCEDES CLK63 AMG BLACK SERIES
Engine: 6,208cc V8
Transmission: 7-speed auto
Power (hp): 507@6,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 465@5,250rpm
MPG: 18.4mpg (NEDC combined)
First registered: 2007
Recorded mileage: 22,900
Price new: c. £100,000
Yours for: £64,950
See the original advert here.