The auction hammer fell at $185,000 for this 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series
This 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is one of 350 produced worldwide, 175 of which were sent to the United States, and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 paired with a paddle-shifted five-speed automatic transmission. Finished in black over a black leather interior, the car was first registered in Maryland and now shows just 10k miles. The SL65 was the third AMG Black Series car to be introduced and features carbon fiber bodywork with flared wheel arches, a fixed roof with an integrated roll bar, staggered-diameter forged wheels, an adjustable coilover suspension, and a power-actuated rear spoiler. This SL65 Black Series was located in California and offered by a dealer who is being represented by the seller. It was sold with the original window sticker, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Montana title.
Here at Turtle Garage we are known as being huge fans of Black Series cars and particularly the SL65 iteration. This car checks a lot of boxes—its black, has a window sticker, and appears in fair condition. On the downside is three owners and relatively high mileage at over 10,000. At $185,000 we feel this is strong money for an example with this much mileage—especially during one of the largest financial crises since the Great Depression. But this is a market sign that the SL65 Black Series is one special car in the history of Mercedes-Benz. Look for these cars to cross $500,000 within five years. As we move to a hybrid and eventually all-electric age, this car will become known as the last of the great internal combustion AMG cars. Well sold but not for long.
An article in The Truth About Cars stated the following on the release of the 2009 SL65 Black Series, “One thing that can’t be denied, though: with a tenuous CO2-centric future ahead of us, the 2009 SL65 Black Series is among the rarest, most outrageous rides in these waning days of the second golden age of performance cars.”