Date registered: May 2004
Vehicle: 1966 230SL, 2006 C230
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Wanted: Rare bird - a CLK550 w/ sport suspension and no sunroof
So, I've had my 2006 C230 Sport Sedan (sport suspension, sport brakes, 6-speed manual transmission, no sunroof, and 200 hp V-6) since 11/2007. It's been a great car. I've had it on 3 different race tracks and a number of autocrosses. Lately I have been needing to borrow the wife's SUV more for hardware store trips, ski trips, taking dogs to the park, and other stuff. She refuses to learn the manual transmission, so I'm starting to look for another car so she won't be stranded every time I take hers.
I downloaded a .pdf file of the 2007 CLK brochure because I think a CLK550 would be a great car for everyday and still useful on the track (even with an automatic transmission). What I was looking for in the brochure were mentions of sport suspension, sport brakes, flip & fold rear seats, and the sunroof.
Sport suspension is optional on CLK550. Check!
Sport brakes don't exist, per se, but the brakes on the 550 are larger/different than on the 350. When stepping up to the 550, the front calipers go from 1-piston floating to 4-piston fixed. The front rotors increase in diameter, too. Check!
Filp & fold rear seats are standard on the CLK line of this time period. Check!
No Sunroof: The sunroof is mentioned several times as an optional feature. For example, "interior dimensions are listed with standard equipment and optional sunroof." The only place it is listed in the options menu is in Premium Package I. I just need a car with NO PREMIUM PACKAGES. Check!
So, my "holy grail" of cars right now, so to speak, is the 2007-2009 CLK550 with optional sport suspension and no premium packages (no sunroof). Has anyone ever seen this? I'm thinking it may take me quite a long time to find one. I would love to have a sportier car for the track, like an SLK, but the headroom is even tighter in that car and I can't carry anything in it. I take a lot of stuff to MBCA events and elsewhere, so I think it's the CLK550 for me.
If anyone knows of one configured like this for sale, please let me know!!
Last edited by GermanCarShow; 02-29-2012 at 11:58 AM.