1996 Mercedes-Benz CL600
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Mercedes’ 6-litre V12 super-coupé of the 90s is a rare thing in itself. But this ’96 CL600 has covered just 39k miles from new in the hands of three owners.
The CL600 (or 600SEC or S600 Coupé in earlier years) was the Mercedes for those to whom money did not matter. At over £100k was the most expensive Mercedes car available and the definition of excess in every way but all the more glorious for it.
So it is little surprise that the first owner of this 600 was Sheik Hassan Sharbatly of Park Lane who bought the car from Normad, Mayfair. It is said that he lost the car in a card game in 2000, and that story is perhaps supported by the brief tenure of the second owner who quickly cashed in his chips, selling it to the last owner who kept it over 20 years.
Finished in Ruby Red metallic with contrasting Mushroom leather interior, it is fully equipped as all 600s were with climate, cruise, memory/heated seats, rear blind, soft-close, wood/leather steering wheel and gear knob, plus 18in Eltanin alloy wheels.
Importantly, this is a facelift car with coil-on-plug ignition and the revised engine wiring harnesses that do not need replacement unlike the earlier cars.
The car comes complete with all its original books/manuals and leather wallet, plus two remote keys. HPI clear and there is a folder of receipts for servicing and repairs, plus old MoT certificates going back to 2000.
We have carried out a substantial amount of work to this car (full breakdown provided in its history file) including a big service (including transmission) and new rear hydraulic suspension struts, making sure it’s up to scratch mechanically.
The wheels have been refurbished and wear matching Continentals all round.
Everything works including the soft-close, air conditioning, window drop and electric rear blind.
As the photos show, this CL600 is in lovely condition throughout, with gleaming Ruby Red paintwork, correct satin lower half and unmarked wheels. The interior is completely original with superb, unmarked leather and original over mats.
V12 140 coupes are rarely offered for sale and few have less than 40k miles from new with significant recent maintenance. What a car for big continental trips!