2007 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG - £18,995

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This is a 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG RHD finished in Obsidian Black Metallic with Anthracite leather interior. The clock shows 49,000 miles.

The ultimate German Grand Tourer; this car is a smooth, luxurious, pillarless coupe. Under the bonnet is the mighty hand-built 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8, delivering 516bhp to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift.  As a result, the W2160-generation CL63 AMG boasts an impressive 0-60mph time of just 4.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155mph. It’s a vocal engine, and one that needs revs to deliver its best. Customers accustomed to the gruntfest that was the old supercharged 5.5-litre V8 may find the new engine lacks its instant, thumping torque, but it remains an absurdly potent device. Mercedes doesn’t quote an unrestricted top speed, but there’s little doubt it would touch 200mph. When new, this was the most powerful version of AMG’s in-house designed, hand-built V8 yet seen, thanks to management system tweaks and the power-boosting benefits of a longer exhaust system, which enables the V8 to breathe more effectively.

The CL’s styling makes as big a statement as its performance, with an aggressive, leering face dominated by the frowning headlights and toothy grille. With a clean, arcing roofline, accentuated by a confident swage-line sculpted into the curvy flanks, the CL disguises its saloon origins, and therefore its bulk, well. That is until you see the CL amongst normal traffic, at which point its epic scale becomes gloriously apparent.

Beneath the sharply executed skin lies the now- familiar high-tech combination of AMG’s Speedshift 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission, switchable ABC sports suspension and vast 390mm front brakes, clamped by AMG’s clever, twin sliding calliper set-up, which gives greater pad area with better management of heat.

In keeping with the CL’s unlikely role of hushed cruiser and bruising high-performance coupe, you can switch from ‘Comfort’ to ‘Sport’ and ‘Manual’ modes, which reduce the shift speed by 30 per cent and 50 per cent respectively, not to mention progressively tensing the CL’s suspension.

Like the S-class, the CL is far more entertaining than you’d ever imagine. There’s no denying it’s a huge car, but quick, direct steering and good visibility make it easy to place, while minimal body- roll and generous grip levels enable you to pile into corners with real commitment. Fast curves are its real forté, with confidence-inspiring turn-in and a rock-steady stance. Of course, with state-of-the-art stability and traction control systems, you’ve always got a reassuring and highly effective safety net, but unless you really decide to take a liberty, you rarely sense the electronics intervening.

The exterior presents beautifully aside from a small dent behind the drivers side front wheel (as clearly shown in the photos). The paint and chrome work are in very good condition given the cars age. The wheels are near perfect with a few very small areas of light kerbing.

Inside, this wonderful example is equipped with a huge range of extras and options including front multicontour seats, DVD changer, TV tuner, nightview assist, navigation, front heated memory seats, walnut veneer, universal telephony package, AMG styling package, a Harman/Kardon sound system and a heated screenwash system. The leather seats are in superb condition.

At £100,000+ when new, this car has aged spectacularly well. This low mileage example presents great performance, power, luxury and value.