MERCEDES CL55 AMG ‘ F1 Edition ‘

Wonderful Limited Edition of the Sublime Mercedes CL55 AMG… This is the ‘F1 Edition’ One of only 55 cars for the world… just a handful in the UK.

 CL55 F1 - ©peterbovyn fotografie.jpg
Mercedes CL55 F1 Edition ©peterbovyn

Finished with flared front lightweight arches, special two-tone interior and carbon, up close it had a unique and wonderful finish.

CL55 F1 - uk car...,.png
The UK cars seemed to have this finish of seats, rather than the sports bucket style.

The CL55 AMG ‘F1 Edition’  This was a Special tribute to the modified F1 Safety car that was used during the 1999 & 2000 seasons. The engine was a naturally-aspirated 5.4-litre V8 pushing 354 bhp. A new feature for this edition was it being the first road car to feature full Ceramic Brembo Vented and Cross Drilled Disc Brakes. It was available with unique race-spec seats, although none of UK cars seemed to of had these. Mercedes Designo had a hand in creating a unique interior experience.

CL55 AMG F1 Intro Booklet.
No actual brochure was issued for this edition that I know of, but this was ‘An Introduction to…’ brochure for the Internal staff. ©

I contacted AMG in Germany at the time to ask details regarding the car and was informed that 8 cars were to come to the UK from a total of 55 worldwide. To date, I’ve only ever found three UK cars! Initially, 10 cars were heading for the UK market but that seems unlikely.

No6 CL55 F1 - ©
Unique Carbon finish with the special numbered plaque… ©
© - CL55 F1 Badge
Special Side badges, one of the only ways you’ll tell its an F1 edition at first ©
CL55 F1 Sill - ©
Illuminated entry tread steps with F1 branding ©
CL55 F1 - ©
Carbon & Leather Door Cards, unique finishes ©

Now like so many of these specialist editions, it’s possible that 10 RHD were made and distributed to RHD countries, worldwide. So possibly leaving 3-4 UK cars only. In the original conversation, it was mentioned all the cars were to be finished in Silver. Don’t know whether any in the world have been made in special order colours…

CL55 F1 - uk car..png
One of the few UK cars… this being No39 from March 2001. ©

The most recent one to come for sale was the first one that ever came up for sale publicly, which was via William Loughran in 2001, a car he had advertised for quite a while… eventually selling and going to the North Lincolnshire area I believe. This came for sale recently in Manchester.

The first of the UK cars to come for sale at William Loughran in mid-2001. This being No6. ©williamloughran

This was the first UK car advertised, it wasn’t the fastest seller at the time for team Loughran… It must have hung around for nearly a year in late 2000.

And here is that original Loughran car a couple of years ago… not looking too happy but still alive! ©
CL55 AMG F1 Edition ©
This is the same car. This went for auction & general sale around 2015. One of the first UK cars being from Feb 2000 registered.  © rights



2 thoughts on “MERCEDES CL55 AMG ‘ F1 Edition ‘

  1. Interesting article as I thought that there were 7 right hand drive cars for this special edition. I acquired number 39 red 3 years ago. 49,000 miles in perfect condition. I am responding as you ask owners to get in touch. Needless to say the vehicle is lovely to drive. I would love to hear from you


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.