Review: Mercedes-Benz CL-Class (1996 – 2000)


Hugely roomy, plush coupe with refined engines. Good to drive.

On some roads, it feels massively bulky. On every road, it looks massively ugly.

Mercedes-Benz CL-Class (1996 – 2000): At A Glance

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Which luxury car with moderate running costs and ten years of low mileage driving?

Two years ago I sold my 1997 Bentley Brooklands LWB which was an ex-Claridges Hotel car. It was full spec with picnic tables, lead crystal glassware and refrigerator, etc. My problem was that the running costs (which I don’t mind) were outstripping the valuation. In short, I was running a car with an eventual valuation of £6000 or less. My budget is up to £75,000 for a pristine example but which luxurious car do you recommend for 5-10 years of pleasure without looking dated and having a bit of value left for the kids? A two door, four seat convertible or coupe? The car will only be used on high days and holidays for approximately 4000 miles a year.
Given your brief, what I'd be inclined to do would be find a very good example of a slightly older car that has stopped depreciating. Maintenance will obviously be higher, but the value won’t go down by much and it might even appreciate. And the deep tyres will help give it decent ride quality. Something like a Rolls Royce Corniche convertible. A 1984 sells for about £20,000 - £30,000, depending on condition. A Mercedes CL600 twin-turbo would be nice. Goes like a Ferrari and rides like a limo. But the mechanical and electronic complexity and propensity to rust could make it a very expensive mistake.
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