Appreciation for Depreciation: 2003 Mercedes-Benz CL600

To the averaged used car shopper, a budget of $6500 won’t quicken the pulse, and he/she will likely start looking for 8 year old used Camry/Accord or maybe the sporty buyer will look for a 10 year old used Mustang.  However, to the right kind of car buyer, that budget can mean you can drive a 493 horsepower twin-turbo V12 coupe with fantastic road manners.  Just pray that nothing expensive breaks (who am I kidding, everything on this car is expensive).  Find this 2003 Mercedes-Benz CL600 offered for $6,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The C215 generation Mercedes CL-Class was the a luxury coupe for people who wanted a Mercedes S600 but hated the idea of backseat passengers.  The name CL is short for Coupe Leicht or Coupe Light in German, rather ironic given the CLs 4000+ lb curb weigh, but you could argue that it was lighter than the gargantuan S-Class it was based on.

Powering the CL600 is a 5.5 liter turbocharged V12 that puts out a hefty 493 horsepower and 590 ft-lbs of torque — that’s more torque than a contemporary Ford 6.0 liter PowerStroke turbodiesel.  Amazingly enough, none of the ABS, ABC, ESP or other idiot lights are illuminated at the time of posting.

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