This 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600 is finished in Midnight Blue (904) over Java/Cashmere (514) Exclusive Leather interior. This elegant example shows 116k miles and has resided in California since new until last month when it made a scenic cross-country journey to New York. This particular C215 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.8L V12 engine and paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. The coupe comes with extensive service records & receipts going back many years, and thorough dealership servicing is indicated on the included Carfax report; with 33 service history records reported therein. Three owners are reported prior to the seller’s acquisition and the records indicate ABC service/parts replacement and replacement of both coil packs. This CL600 passed a California Smog test in February and is now being offered with a clean Carfax report, and a clean California title.
No accidents or damage are reported on the included Carfax report and the seller is unaware of any prior paintwork; the previous owner stated it was all original. The Midnight Blue paint is pictured from a number of angles in the gallery and rock chips and crazing are present on the front bumper/fascia. Staggered 18” 5-spoke AMG alloy wheels were added from another variant of the C215 wearing Continental Extreme Contact rubber measuring 245/45 up front and 265/40 in the rear with 2016 date codes. Minor curb rash on one of the four wheels is highlighted in the gallery.
The cabin is finished in Java/Cashmere (514) Exclusive Leather. Interior features of the CL600 include massaging heated and ventilated leather seats, 2+2 seating, Parktronic parking system, rear roller blind and burl wood trim on the control surfaces, steering wheel, shifter and door panels. The cabin shows little evidence of wear, and a set of OEM Mercedes-branded floor mats are included. The center console features a Mercedes-branded Motorola Timeport flip-phone that originally integrated into the COMAND head unit.
Prior to moving from California to New York City this Spring, the seller reportedly purchased the car in Los Angeles in February. He then spent numerous weeks of the intervening time period driving this CL600 circuitously over 7,000 miles across the contiguous United States. The seller states that the car performed flawlessly throughout the balance of the extended journey. The ABC suspension system is reported to work as intended without codes or warnings and the gallery shows images of the car in both the raised and lowered factory suspension settings.
The naturally-aspirated 5.8L V12 produced 362 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque when new and is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The ABC system was serviced in 2017 including the replacement of the rear ABC reservoir sphere and pressure cell. All four brake rotors, pads and sensors were replaced in 2016-17 as per the service records in the gallery and the pneumatic trunk locking mechanism was replaced in 2016. This example also benefits from the prior dealer replacement of the radiator, crankshaft position sensor, coil packs (left and right), ignition control module, camshaft position sensor, starter, brake booster travel sensor, O2 sensor, MAF sensor, engine mounts and the vehicle’s exhaust system. Records in the gallery show that the right side coil pack was replaced in 2014 and the left side was replaced in 2011. The A/C compressor was replaced in 2013. The Carfax indicates that the spark plugs were replaced and transmission was serviced in September 2020. The seller reports that the parking brake has a tendency to stick/not release when engaged and should be addressed and that, intermittently, gauge cluster alerts for the right mirror indicator bulb and left reverse light bulb faults have appeared in the cluster, but those alerts are not presently showing on the car.
An April 2020 Carfax report lists all prior owners in California with linear mileage updates since March 2002 and extensive dealership servicing documented on the report. This example is offered with the aforementioned clean Carfax report, multiple service records & receipts going back many years, manufacturer’s books & literature, a Mercedes-branded Motorola flip-phone, two keys and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
Thorough driving and walkaround videos of the vehicle are viewable below.
The C215 is one of the most elegant designs of the modern Mercedes era and the last full-sized coupe designed by the great Bruno Sacco. With its sweeping pillarless cabin fronted by trademark round headlights, the C215 became an instant aesthetic classic even if finicky electronics hamstrung its initial legacy. Fast forward 20 years and the C215 has again returned en vogue to capture the hearts and minds, but not the wallets, of collectors across the globe; with all but the best AMG examples remaining affordable compared to their massive original MSRPs. This particular example, equipped with Mercedes’ legendarily smooth V12 powerplant, has sufficient documented service to offset any reliability concerns from potential buyers. With all of the major C215 issues serviced or replaced (such as the ABC, coil packs and rotors) it's no wonder the present owner felt confident taking it on a 7,000 mile US road trip immediately after acquiring the coupe. To that end, a cross-country adventure in a pillarless V12 MB is a trip we should all aspire to undertake at some point in our lives and, dare we say, with this fit and worthy example, now is the perfect opportunity to do so.
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