A one-of-75 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss from 2009 has been listed for auction by RM Sotheby’s. The model is the rarest kind of SLR McLaren, inspired by Stirling Moss’ 300 SLR that he raced to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia.
The modern-classic supercar features a supercharged 5.5-liter V8 that produces 641 BHP, which will feel like even more power than expected in comparison to a standard SLR McLaren because the Stirling Moss version is a roofless speedster. As a result, weight is reduced by 200kg, making for a better power-to-weight ratio and, therefore, better performance figures.
0-62 MPH is achieved in just 3.5 seconds, and the top speed is maxed out at 220 MPH. The car is predominantly made from carbon fiber, once more reducing weight — which is needed, as the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is no shrinking violet with its elongated hood and nose, and the heavy butterfly-wing doors.
This particular model is finished in “Antimony Gray Crystal” over a sparse, yet luxurious interior that’s swathed in black leather with red accents. The cockpit is small and free of many modern amenities, harking back to the original 300 SLR’s racing pedigree. As a result, there’s plenty of carbon fiber trim and a very small glass panel acting as a window screen that sits just above the steering wheel.
RM Sotheby’s is listing this sub-9000km example online, and expects the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss to fetch between €1,900,000 EUR and €2,200,000 EUR (approx. $2.17m USD — $2.51m USD). Take a closer look at the car above, and check out the full listing on RM Sotheby’s website.
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