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Less Than 4,500 Original MilesJames Lowrey, Palm Beach, Florida (acquired new in 2006)Private Collector (acquired from the above)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is considered to be one of the most legendary and innovative race cars of all time. Drivers such as Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio found great success with the SLR, short for Sport Light Racing, at the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. Introduced in 2003, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren would be an exclusive flagship that paid homage to the legendary sports racer that came before it.
In 1999, McLaren Automotive, the British automaker and Formula 1 constructor, agreed to jointly design and construct the SLR McLaren. Closely resembling the Vision SLR concept unveiled at the 1999 Detroit Auto Show that featured “swing-wing” doors that swung both forward and up, the SLR would be a technological tour de force, borrowing much of its engineering from contemporary motorsports while aesthetically tipping its hat to its illustrious predecessors. The car used liberal amounts of carbon fiber in its construction and featured active suspension, active aerodynamics, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes as well as an automatic “airbrake,” echoing the flip-up air dams on the SLR racers.
Described as “front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive,” the hand-built supercharged AMG 5.4-liter V-8 was positioned as far behind the front wheels as possible, aiding weight distribution and imparting the SLR with ample cabin and trunk space. While retaining the renowned luxuries of a Mercedes-Benz, the SLR was supercar swift, accelerating from 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds and capable of reaching 208 mph.
Finished in tasteful Crystal Laurite Silver over Semi-Aniline Orion Gray leather, this SLR has covered less than 4,600 miles at the time of cataloguing, and just as one might expect from such sparing use, it presents virtually as new. Originally sold through the Bobby Rahal Motorcar Company in Wexford, Pennsylvania, to its first owner, the SLR would later pass into a large, private Mercedes-Benz collection, where it was kept in a climate-controlled storage facility. The current owner commissioned a service in January 2017, performed at Mercedes-Benz of Bedford, Ohio, that included a complete fluid change and a new battery. This most recent service invoice accompanies the car, as does a complete set of owner’s manuals, two keys, battery tender, and the original window sticker recording an MSRP of $455,750.
One of the most iconic automobiles of its era, the SLR McLaren possesses the traditional Mercedes-Benz qualities of engineering excellence and world-class luxury. Now out of production, this example presents an exciting opportunity to own an extremely usable supercar that carries the hallmarks of a future classic.