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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:05 +0000

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 18 January

Mercedes-Benz CLK63 Black Series

With 507bhp and a top speed of 186mph, the Black Series posts some impressive figures, but the biggest number here is the price
At nearly £100,000, this Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series is hardly a bargain buy, but is its star-studded logbook testament to its sporty prowess?

Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series, £95,000: He can spot a star and, if his choice of wheels is any guide, a car, too. The X Factor judge Simon Cowell is the first name in the log book of this CLK63 AMG Black Series. A couple of others follow him but, as far as we know, they’re not music moguls. 

It’s a 2008-registered car with 14,000 miles on the clock. Just 25 right-hand-drive Black Series were made out of a total run of 700. New, it cost around £100,000. This particular car’s association with Cowell has bolstered its value but, even so, it’s a relative bargain compared with the £52,000 someone was asking 12 months ago for a crashed left-hooker imported from the US. (Its front end was a mess.) 

AMG says the CLK63 Black Series was inspired by the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That’s a high bar, and to clear it, the company went to work on a ‘standard’ CLK63, adding more power (from 478bhp to 507bhp), better cooling, bulging wheel arches to house a wider track, adjustable suspension and lighter 19in alloys. 

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