In the early 2000s, the boffins at Mercedes’ AMG division loosened their neckties, let their hair down, and decided to go a little bonkers. In 2006, AMG took the already nutty SLK55 roadster, put it on a carbon fiber and light alloy diet, and ditched the complex folding top mechanism to shed over 100 pounds from the curb weight. They then added unique components, including adjustable suspension, big brakes, and flared arches to cover the 19” forged alloy wheels. With its mighty 400 horsepower AMG V8, the new “Black Series” SLK became a distinctly hard-edged sports car. Just 100 of the Black Series SLKs were built, but the positive response inspired AMG to continue the program, carefully selecting other vehicles in the Mercedes portfolio to get the black magic treatment.
Next in line was the CLK 63 AMG coupe. With 475 horsepower, the “standard” AMG CLK63 was certainly no slouch, but the press criticized it for being softer, heavier, and less focused than its primary rival, the BMW M3. So, the skunkworks within AMG set about honing the CLK into a finely tuned driver’s car. AMG has a rich motorsports history, but instead of mirroring a championship-winning race car, they chose an unconventional source for their inspiration: the FIA Formula 1 Safety Car. Mercedes-Benz AMG has paced the field in F1 for over 20 years, and anyone who’s been to a live race knows (and loves) the familiar bellow of an AMG V8 pacing a field of 20 screaming F1 cars.
Central to the CLK Black Series is the hand-assembled 6.2-liter V8, rated at 500 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. While that amounts to “only” a 25-horsepower boost over standard, AMG made considerable changes under the skin. The suspension is virtually all-new and fully adjustable for damping, geometry, and ride-height. It is 3 inches wider in the rear and 2.5 inches wider in front. Massive brakes sit behind lightweight forged alloy wheels, and the body is suitably pumped up with massive flares, a front splitter, rear diffusor, and decklid spoiler. Just add a lightbar, and stick Bernd Mayländer behind the wheel, and you’re ready to lead the Monaco Grand Prix!
This 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series is one of only 500 produced for the world. Finished in black with black trim, it has a suitably muscular and sinister character. This 2-owner example shows approximately 43,000 miles from new and has been exceptionally well-maintained while in the hands of its current owner. A substantial stack of invoices documents consistent annual servicing at the dealer, regardless of mileage. It is offered in exceptional condition, accompanied by a clean Carfax report, owner’s manuals, battery tender, and original first aid kit.
The black paintwork is the obvious choice for the Black Series, and it looks delicious on the DTM-inspired flared bodywork. The paint quality is excellent, with factory-precise levels of fit and finish. Machine-faced forged alloy wheels are also in outstanding order, wearing recently-fitted high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber.
Heavily bolstered sport seats and the deleted rear seat hint at the CLK’s performance potential, yet there’s no shortage of luxury, either. This car features black leather and carpet, all in presented in superb condition. The taut leather and pristine carpets show remarkably little wear, even on the outer bolsters. The current owner fitted beautiful, high-quality custom-made carbon-fiber trim to subtly dress up the cockpit and enhance the junior supercar ambiance. All of the modern Mercedes niceties are present, including automatic climate control, satellite navigation, and steering wheel controls for audio, telephone, and paddles for the gearbox.
Of course, the 6.2-liter V8 is the star of the show. The engine bay is immaculately clean, reflecting this car’s thorough dealer service history. Regardless of mileage, the CLK has received annual oil and fluid services and has always been kept in exceptional condition. The engine feeds a 5-speed automatic which allows drivers to opt for effortless cruising around town while also providing complete manual control when set to sport mode.
With tire-shredding, 190-mph performance in a muscular luxury coupe body, the CLK63 Black Series is a true dual-purpose supercar, with all the makings of a future hero among collectors and Mercedes-Benz aficionados. This outstanding example has been meticulously looked after and is now ready for its next enthusiastic caretaker to enjoy its astonishing performance.
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