In 1992 Mercedes-Benz introduced a new car to their North American lineup that was called the CL-Class. It was a full sized 2-door luxury grand touring coupe based on the megaship S-Class and formerly known as the SEC (Sonderklasse-Einspritzmotor-Coupé). My own personal theory is that many of the SEC buyers associated the name with a gov't agency that would be very likely to put them in jail, so the name change was wise. Find this 2003 Mercedes-Benz CL500 C215 offered for $4,900 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The C215 generation CL was sold from 2000 through 2006 in the US market sharing its chassis and mechanical components with the W220 S-Class. Power in the CL500 version comes from a 5.0 liter V8 that puts 302 horsepower and 339 ft-lbs of torque into a classic 5-speed auto gearbox. The 4200 lb piece of automotive sculpture cost someone $95k when new, but today you get it for less than the luxury tax bill.
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