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Uncommon Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss heads to public sale

Legendary racer Stirling Moss is not with us, however a limited-edition supercar named after him nonetheless holds lots of worth and one fortunate fanatic can quickly personal it.

A Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is ready to go underneath the hammer at an RM Sotheby’s public sale operating Jan. 31 to Feb. 8 in Paris.

The automobile, bearing chassis quantity WDD1999761M900055, is considered one of 75 examples of the wild speedster constructed briefly in 2009, and based on the itemizing there’s simply 150 kilometers (roughly 93 miles) on the odometer. The automobile was initially delivered in Germany and has been with the identical proprietor all this time.

It options the hero colours of the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss: a metallic silver exterior together with a black and purple inside. The colour scheme is much like the one featured on the 300 SLR pushed to victory by Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson within the 1955 Mille Miglia.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss - Photo credit: RM Sotheby's

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss – Photograph credit score: RM Sotheby’s

Because the identify suggests, the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss relies on Mercedes’ SLR McLaren supercar. It was the ultimate instance of the McLaren-built supercar (Mercedes was partnered with McLaren in F1 on the time), and was round 440 kilos lighter than the inventory model as a consequence of its distinctive speedster physique and elevated use of carbon fiber within the building.

Powering the automobile is a supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 mounted in a entrance midship place, and rated at 650 hp, or sufficient for 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds and a high velocity of near 220 mph.

Due to the speedster physique, driving one even at freeway speeds goes to do extra hurt than simply messing up your hair, even with the small wind deflector mounted in entrance of the motive force’s seat. It means any cheap drive within the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss would require occupants to put on a helmet.

RM Sotheby’s estimates a closing bid of between 3 million and 4 million euros (roughly $3.26 million and $4.35 million). One other instance with the identical exterior and inside coloration mixture was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in 2020 however did not promote after its closing bid reached 1.4 million euros ($1.52 million).

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