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Approximately 360 Miles from NewHudson Li, Exeter, California (acquired new in early 2007)Ferrari of Silicon Valley, Redwood City, California (acquired from the above in June 2015)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Commemorative models that evoke brand heritage have become increasingly common in automotive design, but few such exercises have succeeded as resoundingly as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. As this exquisitely preserved, low-mileage example ably testifies, the supercar jointly produced by the German road car giant and the British racing boutique achieved unprecedented benchmarks of luxury and performance.
After building the Le Mans-winning McLaren F1 supercar during the 1990s, McLaren sought to delve further into the realm of sports car production from its dedicated factory in Surrey, England. Daimler-Benz had begun providing engines for McLaren racing cars in 1995, and four years later the two companies collaborated on a concept car, the Vision SLR. In late 2003, a production version was introduced, and McLaren assumed assembly of the model, including the installation of hand-built AMG engines. With F1-inspired carbon fiber bodywork and a carbon fiber tub, the SLR McLaren took most of its engineering from racing technology. McLaren’s signature chassis development was integrated with an electronically adaptive suspension, and AMG’s 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 developed 617 bhp and a resounding 575 lbs./ft of torque.
Even with the added weight of so much standard equipment (essentially including all available comfort amenities), the SLR McLaren still managed to hit 60 mph from standstill in 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of 207 mph. The model’s $450,000 MSRP also placed it in rare company, outclassing nearly every other supercar then in production. Fewer than 2,500 examples were built before the SLR was discontinued in 2009, and it remains a unique testament to one of Formula 1’s most successful partnerships.
Chassis no. 0826 was sold new through the official Mercedes-Benz dealer of San Francisco to a California owner who retained possession until mid-2015. The car, elegantly finished in Crystal Galaxite Black paint and trimmed with a black interior, was minimally driven, and it showed 144 miles when serviced by the dealer in July 2008. In June 2015, the owner sold the SLR to a Bay Area dealership, and it was immediately purchased by the consignor. In May 2016, the pristine SLR was treated to an inspection including an oil and filter service at Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach, California, at which point it still displayed just 344 miles.
One of only 141 examples sold through Mercedes-Benz USA in 2006, this showroom-quality SLR McLaren begs to join a collection of modern supercars or Mercedes-Benz speed machines. This SLR, accompanied by its owner’s manual, cover, trickle charger, and a spare key, represents the ultimate cross-section of racing technology and touring comfort, promising future owners a warm welcome at supercar gatherings and an unforgettable driving experience.