Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

For buyers in search of a super high-performance road car not only capable of high-speed, but also luxurious cross-continental drives, the uncontested choice has always been Mercedes-Benz’s iconic grand tourer, the SL. With a distinguished lineage dating back to the 300 SLR that won the 1955 Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and, ultimately, the World Sportscar Championship, Mercedes’ road-going SL has become an enduring legend in its own right over the past 55 years.

More recently, however, the SL transcended its former GT status with the AMG treatment and began encroaching on the turf of its Stuttgart neighbor, the Porsche 911 Turbo. Here was a car that embodied the finest elements of a luxury car, muscle car and sports car into one world-class package, superb in every discipline. It was the fastest automatic-transmission two-door in the world, leaping to 60 mph in only four and a half seconds, yet eminently luxurious with a retractable hardtop and plenty of storage space for a weekend’s worth of luggage.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.

476 bhp, 5.4-liter, 24-valve SOHC V8 engine with Bosch fuel injection and supercharger, five-speed automatic transmission, four-link independent front suspension, multi-link independent rear suspension, active body control, and four-wheel ventilated hydraulic disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 100.8"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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