2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Convertible
August 24, 2022 Update – The high bid of $11,100 did not meet the seller’s firm reserve price of $19,900, so we moved the car to our Rides still available page. If you are interested in buying the car, select one of the blu “Buy Now” buttons on this page.
GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer this 73K original mile, 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Convertible in an online, reserve-style auction on behalf of the private seller. Bidding opened Wednesday, August 3, 2022, and continues through 4:00 PM Eastern Time Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
This Obsidian Black over gray leather 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG convertible currently resides in Rosedale, California.
Long-time GuysWithRides followers may recognize this car from when we first tried to auction it in the Spring. At the time, the car did not meet the seller’s reserve, so we relisted it in a second-chance auction at their request. This is a very clean and well-maintained 2004 Mercedes-Benz AMG convertible that will not disappoint.
(NOTE: Click on the picture to stop the slide show and expand the pictures. Scroll down to see all photographs)
Current Bid: $11,100
Mercedes-Benz produced the CLK-Class of mid-size coupés and convertibles across two generations between 1997 and 2010. Although its design and styling were derived from the brand’s E-Class line, the mechanical underpinnings were based on the company’s smaller C-Class. In addition to being a roomy, four-place convertible providing 14 cubic feet of luggage, the top-of-the-line AMG version provided muscle-car-like performance.
AMG versions featured a hand-assembled, 5.4-liter V8 engine. These high-performance V8s feature super-stiff forged billet steel crankshaft, forged, weight-matched connecting rods and pistons, lightweight AMG-specific chain-driven single overhead camshafts V8 (one cam per cylinder bank) with two intake and one exhaust valve per cylinder, as well as eight coil packs and 16 spark plugs (two spark plugs per cylinder). The dual-resonance intake manifold with tuned runners helps create optimized torque and power outputs by taking advantage of two resonant frequencies to increase performance. The engine features a high compression ratio of 10.5:1. All of these advanced technologies help deliver a healthy 362 horsepower and 376 foot-pounds of torque.
Sending all the V8’s power to the rear wheels is a five-speed automatic transmission adapted from the gearbox used in the V-12 S-class models capable of handling the engine’s torque. It is fully adaptive and electronically controlled, and is a stronger unit than that of the CLK 430. Also, a larger four-bolt driveshaft that’s four inches in diameter connects to a reinforced rear differential to keep all the extra power under control. Standard traction control keeps wheelspin to a minimum, while its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) keeps the CLK on its intended path.
Compared to the standard CLK, the AMG version of the CLK offers some special undercarriage components. The four-wheel independent suspension is basically the same as the lesser CLK versions, but AMG fits higher-rated springs, tighter shock valving, larger diameter anti-roll bars, and stiffer suspension bushings. The resulting firmer, more controlled ride is made even tighter by its high-performance ZR-rated low-profile tires. The brakes have been enhanced as well. The huge four-wheel discs are larger and thicker than the other CLKs, and the rear discs are specially vented to enhance cooling. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is standard, while Brake Assist applies full braking force in a panic stop faster than a driver could. It rides on AMG Monoblock alloy wheels, 7.5″ front and 8.5″ rear, shod with 225/45ZR17 and 245/40ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
This 2004 Mercedes Benz CLK55 AMG convertible entered service that year as a manufacturer’s vehicle in Montvale, New Jersey area where the company’s U.S. headquarters resides. In early 2005, the car was then offered for sale in California with approximately 2,200 miles. Three years later and approximately eighteen thousand miles later, the first titled owner sold this CLK AMG to a Mercedes Dealer in May 2008 when the car had 20,500 miles. The dealer subsequently sold the car as a Mercedes-Certified Pre-Owned offering to the second titled owner. This person kept the car for approximately four years and 30,000 miles. Finally, the seller and current caretaker purchased this 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG convertible in August of 2012 with approximately 51K miles. The seller maintained the car over the past ten years, performing nearly all of the scheduled maintenance himself. During his decade of ownership, he has added only twenty thousand miles.
The CarFax confirms this Mercedes has never had any accidents or damage. Additionally, the CarFax below details the regular maintenance performed throughout this car’s existence. To review the CarFax, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:
A Complimentary Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”) was just completed on April 29, 2022, confirming the quality of this well-maintained 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG convertible. To view the results of the PPI, click on the picture below. When finished, click your browser’s back button to return to this page:
To help you make informed bids, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:
If you have any questions bout this 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Convertible, please ask them in the comments section below or call Rudy directly at (877) 468-6497. Thank you for looking and happy bidding!
Can you please explain how the buyers fee is calculated? Also if my bid is not the winning bid what happens to the hold that was put on my credit card? Does it get returned?
Is there any way to tell if the vehicle I’m interested in has a reserve to be met?
The buyer’s fee is three (3%) of the winning bid with a $300 minimum and a $3,000 maximum. Here are several examples:
– For winning bids of $10,000 or less, our buyer’s fee would be the minimum of $300
– For a winning bid of $50,000, our buyer’s fee would be $1,500.
– For a winning bid of $100,000 or higher, our buyer’s fee would be $3,000
Please remember the buyer’s fee is in addition to the high winning bid meeting the seller’s reserve price.
The $100 hold lasts up to seven days or until the end of an auction, whichever is less. In the case of this Mercedes, the hold will be released Wednesday night at the close of the auction. Bidders typically see the hold released on their card one to two business days later.
We are as transparent as possible about the reserve prices on our auctions. If you navigate to each lot’s bidding page, you will notice we have a “Reserve Meter” that looks like a horizontal thermometer. It changes from blue to lime green as the high bid increases. While we do not provide values on the Reserve Meter, one can use the lime green to blue ratio and the current high bid to approximate what the reserve price is.
Please feel free to call us at (877) 468-6497 if you have additional questions. Thanks for looking and happy bidding!
Hi, Did the auction end date get extended from Aug 17th to Aug 24th? Is that because there were no bidders, or because the biddings did not meet the reserve price?
Hi, thanks for the vmail in response to my first question. I do appreciate the personal call back. At the time of my initial questions, I just assumed the first listing period had expired and was the reason for the extension. But after taking a closer look, it shows the listing period was extended prior to the end of the initial listing period. There were still several hours of bidding time available when the listing period was extended. I, for one, was planning to do my bidding during that last hour before the auction ends. Because the highest bidder at the end of the auction is the winner as long as reserve is met, right? So are listings required to remain listed for the duration of their listing period before changes to the listing are allowed? Doesnt seem fair otherwise? And now with the end of the extended period coming soon, I’m wondering if the last few hours be there for me to bid during, or will it have already been extended for another period of time? Thank you for your time.
Hi Ernest, with every auction we offer, we reserve the right to do a single one-week extension only when no one has bid four hours before the end of the auction. Consequently, that is what you experienced last week. We will not place another extension on this Mercedes. If the car does not meet its reserve price at the end of the auction, we will move it to our “Rides Still Available” page, where buyers can agree to pay the “Buy Now” price, typically the reserve price. So, we encourage you to bid and see where the auction lands.