An Expensive Detail - 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Long-Term Road Test
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2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: An Expensive Detail

February 12, 2014

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

There are plenty of examples of "expensive things" on this car. The over-the-top V12 engine, the Active Body Control suspension and the heated/air conditioned/massaging seats to name just a few.

But every time I get in this car I can't help but notice the chrome door finishers you see above. They're such an old school touch, mainly because they're entirely unnecessary and probably not all that light. Normal cars never have anything this extravagant, but on a car like this they fit right in.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor


Comments

  • zhangrenhou zhangrenhou Posts:

    Nicer to look at than painted metal, that's for sure!

  • goaterguy goaterguy Posts:

    "There are plenty of examples of "expensive things" on this car." Well maybe because this car retailed for $180K+ 9 years ago...

  • 7driver 7driver Posts:

    Are you referring to that piece of metal with the three screws? If so, it look more like an inspection/service access panel than an expensive detail.

  • 7driver 7driver Posts:

    Are you referring to that piece of metal with the three screws? If so, it look more like an inspection/service access panel than an expensive detail.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Terrible detail. It looks aftermarket, specially with these exposed rivets. Are you sure it's OEM?

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @banhugh, Definitely OEM. And you won't be saying it is "terrible" if you ever see the detail in person. They are a remarkably elegant touch and if you've ever been in an old-school luxury car they will make you nostalgic. My 1971 280SE 3.5 has

  • bimmerjay bimmerjay Posts:

    The picture does not do this justice at all. It really is a unique and upscale detail.

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