Which one is your favorite?
The Black Series treatment is the most hardcore factory tuning Mercedes-Benz is offering to its customers. Responsible for the performance upgrades is the AMG Performance Studio in Affalterbach, Germany, where two-door AMG models are turned into real beasts by reducing the weight, adding more power, and reworking the aerodynamics, suspension, and handling. The Black Series vehicles are regarded as one of the rarest and most expensive production Mercedes cars in history.
With only five Black Series models created to date, and with no Black Series vehicle offered brand new at the moment, every single second-hand BS car is a real gem. But what about four of them? In a collection? Yes, there’s an auction coming early next year, where four Black Series models will be for sale together, as one lot. The Mecum Kissimmee 2018 sale will take place between 5 and 14 January.
There you will have the chance to buy all four Black Series ever made officially available in the United States - a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series, 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series, 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series. The lot is expected to fetch somewhere between $850,000 and $1 million.
If you are still not convinced, just hear this – all the cars are in pristine original condition with extremely low mileage. The SLS has only 239 miles on the odometer, while the SL65 has devilish 666. The C63 and CLK63 are driven even less with 159 miles and 224 miles respectively.
The prime mission of any Black Series car is to be driven, so we can only hope the owner of the collection won’t put it into a well heated garage for a decade, waiting for the prices to rise. All four of them are amazing pieces of machinery, equally good on road and track.
More details about the vehicles can be found at the press release section below.
Source: Mecum Auctions
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Black Series collection for sale
The AMG Black Series of specially modified Mercedes-Benz/AMG performance machines represents the apex of almost 30 years of Mercedes-Benz factory Hot Rods and racers. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of the German automotive giant, AMG opened the dual-purpose road-and-track Black Series with the 2006 SLK55 AMG Black Series, a special coupe version of the AMG roadster with a carbon-fiber roof in place of the factory retractable hardtop, AMG's 5.5L/400 HP V-8 under the hood, special adjustable sports suspension, unique rolling stock and extensive use of carbon-fiber aero enhancements. Limited to just 100 examples, that first Black Series served notice that AMG was taking its road-going vehicles to whole new levels of performance, and they have become more exciting and rewarding to drive with each new model.
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
While this potent 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series Coupe is certainly 100 percent road-legal, its natural habitat is any generous track circuit with sufficient room for it to really stretch its legs. Unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the SLS AMG Black Series is a lightweight version carrying 154 fewer pounds than the already featherweight standard SLS GT, a feat accomplished by shaving weight wherever possible, including the use of titanium exhaust. Extensive use of carbon fiber, including new intakes, a lower splitter and an optional rear wing, increases downforce as speeds rise, which they do at an astonishing rate in this car. On the power side of the ledger, AMG modified the SLS’ thundering 6.2L V-8 to raise output from the standard SLS’ 583 HP to 622 HP and teamed it with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and numerically lower-geared electronic differential for exhilarating acceleration. Fully adjustable suspension, lightweight forged wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and huge carbon-ceramic brakes invite aggressive driving, for which the Black Series’ Alcantara and leather interior treatment is perfectly suited. This is a car that demands to be driven hard, the prime mission of any Black Series track burner. This Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series has been driven only 239 original miles.
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series
If exclusivity is your goal, look no further than this 2009 SL65 AMG Black Series Bi-Turbo, another AMG Black Series lustwagen developed directly from the AMG Formula 1 safety-car program. One of only 175 produced for the U.S., its carbon-fiber roof and integrated roll bar, DTM-inspired CFRP body panels, extendable rear spoiler, race-car fender flares and gaping front fascia are startling on a road car, but by no means just for show. Beneath all that carbon fiber is an AMG-modified version of the SL65’s V-12 engine using larger turbos, a new intake system and low-restriction exhaust to generate an explosive 661 HP and 740 lb-ft of torque. It’s backed by a paddle-shifted 5-speed AMG Speedshift Plus automatic transmission featuring four programmable modes and automatic throttle blipping on manual downshifts, contributing to the car’s 3.9-second 0-60 MPH times and 198 MPH top speed. The SL65 Black Series handles that performance with ease thanks to fully adjustable AMG Sport coilover suspension, three-stage ESP stability control and special high-performance compound disc brakes behind 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels with Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires. Luxury upgrades elevate the comfort level inside the leather- and carbon-fiber-trimmed interior, which offers a redesigned instrument cluster, lap-time counter, multimedia center with navigation, CD/DVD changer and a full range of power accessories. This Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series has been driven only 666 original miles.
2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series
When former AMG director Ola Kallenius described the Black Series as “the sharpest edge of the arrow in the AMG arsenal,” he was making a direct reference to the 2012 C63 AMG Black Series. Like all Black Series cars, it is based on a standard Mercedes-Benz model, in this case the two-door version of the C-Class, and it has been transformed into a road rocket that looks and performs like an escapee from the German Touring Car Championship. Like the standard C63 with the optional Development Pack, it uses a version of the 6.2L V-8 that powers the SLS gullwing, retaining that engine’s lighter crank and forged internals, but it improves on the C63 Development Pack with a new engine-control unit that perks it up from 481 peak HP to 510 HP at 6,800 RPM and 457 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 RPM, with a 7,200 RPM redline. The C63 Black Series follows established practice with outrageously flared composite fenders containing forged 19-inch alloys and Dunlop Sport Maxx Race MO tires over drilled and vented disc brakes. A 7-speed automatic gearbox, differential cooler, adjustable coilover suspension, aluminum hood and rear diffuser are included, and the optional Aerodynamics package adds a carbon-fiber front splitter, carbon-fiber canards and an adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing. This Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series has been driven only 159 original miles.
2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series
Based on the road-burning CLK63 AMG coupe, the 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series edition derives much of its specification from the CLK63 used as the Formula 1 safety car in the late 1990s. Its scooped front air dam, carbon-fiber side ducts and rear spoiler, aggressively flared bodywork, 19-inch forged wheels and dual chromed exhaust tips also recall Mercedes-Benz’ German Touring Car Championship racers. One of only 349 imported to the U.S., its AMG-built 6.2L/500 HP 32-valve DOHC V-8 engine drives a dual-mode 7-speed Speedshift 7G-Tronic automatic and a locking differential. Speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering, AMG-modified adjustable coilover multi-link suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, 19-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels and high-performance tires are also featured. Interior refinement is a Mercedes-Benz trademark; the Black Series steps it up with premium leather upholstery with aluminum and carbon-fiber trim, fully adjustable power sport seats, power windows and locks, cruise control, dual-zone climate controls, heated outside mirrors, an auto-dimming interior, driver’s mirrors, AM/FM/CD sound with a 6-disc changer, navigation and Harmon/Kardon LOGIC7 digital Surround-Sound. This Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series has been driven only 224 original miles.