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21/9!

Today, we’re going with the letter W. The Mercedes W219 to be exact, aka the first gen CLS. (Yes, we could have had a plain 219 which was something else altogether).

The CLS was designed by a Mr Fink and was intended as a kind of posh, Jaaaag type variation of the E class. More money, less practicality, more style. It’s a four door coupé then, a concept that makes some enter a state of instantaneous apoplexy. Interestingly, the path from concept to production version was subcontracted to an outside company, IVM Automotive.

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CLSs in my part of the world are almost exclusively 3.0 diesels, others buy all sorts of V6 and V8 petrol ones up to 6.2 litre with really quite a lot of bhp. None of them come with a clutch pedal.

No, I don’t know if Merc were playing silly buggers with the diesel’s emissions.

Here’s a US spec one showing a number plate that seems just a little lost in a space intended also for a wider one.

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