I am not going to say the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is forgotten, but it’s not exactly the first or even 10th car that pops into your mind when someone says ”Supercar.” The SLR isn’t a bad car at all, but rather it gets lost in the admittedly small sea of supercars from the 2000s and on. The performance numbers are good with a 0-60 mph time in the mid-to-low 3 second range and a 0-100 mph run in 7.5 seconds. Mercedes put out the standard coupe as well as some special editions over the eight year production run that gained a little notoriety but today I wanted to look at the SLR Roadster. Normally when you take a supercar and try to make it into a roadster, some of the original design language gets washed away simply because things need to happen to actually make the roof come off and keep the car up to same standard. I think the SLR Roadster did an excellent job of keeping this car as true to the coupe design as possible. Let me explain why.
Michael Jordan is one of the most popular athletes and brand in the world. He’s worth over a billion dollars and with that usually comes some expensive cars. Normally, wealthy celebrities go out grab the latest and greatest vehicle, drive it for a few years, then rinse and repeat. But even before Jordan was worth 10 figures, he always had some really enthusiast-minded cars. He had a Ferrari 512 TR, W140 S600,Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, C4 Corvettes,SL55 AMG, 930 Slantnose and my personal favorite, a 993 Turbo S. Today’s car for sale in Texas might be one of the rarest cars he’s ever owned. This 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition owned by M.J. is just one of 150 ever built. And judging by its original price tag of just under $500,000, it was probably one of the most expensive cars he has even bought.
Until recently, Mercedes-Benz could be considered a conservative automotive company. Occasionally they would drop a bombshell, releasing a peculiar beast such as the 300SEL 6.3 or Porsche influenced 500E/E500. The tie up with McLaren to produce the SLR didn’t seem too out of the ordinary, given the collaboration of the two concerns in Formula 1 racing. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a bit of a 300SL revival, with its doors that swung vertically forward, two-seat layout and grilles on both front fenders. Mercedes had done supercars like this before, but no one could anticipate the special edition that was coming. The SLR Stirling Moss.
Named after the famed British racing driver and built to commemorate Mercedes’ participation in the famed Mille Miglia race, the SLR Stirling Moss was a purpose built, open-roofed hooligan. This car was a true speedster with no windscreen or roof, and shared little externally with the SLR Coupe and Roadster. A split cockpit and roll hoops completed the look, with a 640 horsepower, supercharged V8 provided the motivation. Available only to former SLR owners, only 75 examples would be built. For those wanting a rare and rather current collectable, you can find this Mercedes on offer in Frankfurt, Germany.
The supercar market has always been a bit perplexing to me; get past the glam and the glitz of these showstopping performance machines, and they generally are seldom used toys that depreciate quickly. You don’t hear about someone having saved money their entire life and walking down to a McLaren dealership to buy a P1, for example. That means once they’re no longer grabbing headlines, the well-heeled owners move on to the newest, biggest and best thing to impress their friends. Back up a decade and there was a massive showdown in 2003 between the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz McLaren. With nearly equal power output, price and performance, one would have presumed that in today’s market they’d share equal value. Both were and are very special cars, and similar production numbers made it to the United States. But today a good Carrera GT will set you back half a million dollars, while you can grab the McLaren for less than $200,000 today:
I have a bit of a mixed bag for you this week – from period Tuner wheels to some that are more meant for dreams and Christmas wishes. The Rial cross-spoke wheels aren’t normally what you’d think of when you think of basket weaves, but they’re period correct for your mid-1980s Audi or early 924. The Momo wheels aren’t everyone’s bag, but they were a period wheel that was a very expensive option – as were the 17″ Style 10 wheels if you’re looking for something a bit more OEM. Those Porsche Speedline Ruf wheels are some of the best looking every made, and I’ve always loved the wheels on the McLaren SLR – even if they’re solidly out of reach of even my entire car budget. What’s your favorite?
While I’ve always found the McLaren SLR an intriguing car, it’s never been a car that I fully understood. Following in the footsteps of the “Holy Grail” of supercars, the F1, the SLR just didn’t seem really that impressive in any way. Yes, it was fast. Yes, it sounded like a radial-engined airplane in full attack mode. Yes, the brakes caught on fire when it went too fast. But compared to the howling, scalded cat Carrera GT, the SLR just seemed a bit too main-stream. That was further hampered Mercedes-Benz itself when it offered supercharged versions of the SLs – which looked mostly like the SLR, had a nifty folding roof, offered most of the performance and cost a whole lot less. McLaren solved two of those questions in fairly short order; bumping horsepower up to nutty levels with the Edition 722 and also offering the McLaren SLR in convertible form. Today’s example isn’t a full blown 722 model, but has the big horsepower bump thanks to the wizards at Renntech:
Year: 2008 Model: SLR Convertible Engine: 5.4 liter supercharged V8 Transmission: 5-speed automatic Mileage: 1,600 mi Price: $279,900 Buy It Now
Upgraded ECU/Pulley and dual intercooler pump (cost $11,500) which increases the horsepower from 626 to 722 and the torque from 575 to 715 ft lbs! Factory Options Semi Automatic soft top Side Gill Ventilation Programmable daytime running lights Gullwing Doors Air braking rear adjustable spoiler large front air dam Bi-Xenon headlights with automatic level control Heated headlamp washers Power heated mirrors Rain sensing washers Aluminum interior trim Tire pressure monitoring system Bluetooth anti-theft system 6-way power carbon fiber front seats exclusive velour floor mats with SLR logo SLR leather sport steering wheel Matte chrome instrument panel Smart key system 6 Disc cd changer Bose premium sound Dual-climate control ABS 19′ aluminum wheels Carbon fiber reinforced lightweight ceramic brakes AMG sports exhaust system with dual side pipes Push button start Front torsion stabilizing bar
CONTACT INFO MIKE Cell PHONE 818-518-4775 OR MIKE@EXOTICEUROCARS.COM
AJ IPHONE 818-212-1314 OR AJ@EXOTICEUROCARS.COM
I was at Goodwood for the launch of the SLR, and distinctly remember Gary Paffett doing a burnout at the top of the hill – I was only about 40 feet away. The car was just nutty and sounded like the whole world was coming unglued. Perhaps that was what was special about the SLR versus the F1; the F1 was all business and it showed; the SLR was insane when you wanted it to be, but when you got off the loud pedal it was effectively “just” a Mercedes. With the top down you can really experience that nuttiness on another level. Is it worth $280,000? Well, if you have the funds and want a basically new SLR Roadster, then yes, it surely is. For the rest of us probably not, but like many of the overpriced cars we featured I sure am glad they exist and I’ve gotten to see them along the way.
For those of you who follow the investment world you probably heard of ponzi scam artist Scott Rothstein. With him looking at up to 100 years in jail and the feds taking all his assets, his large modern exotic car collection is up for auction.
The auction catalog doesn’t have too much from Germany. It does have a Bugatti Veyron.
The one German item that caught my eye was this canary yellow SLR convertible. The auction happens June 3rd in Florida.
The high profile nature of this case probably means lots of people will be watching the auction so you may not find any deals here. Also I suspect in a situation like this the yokels who towed the cars and are setting up the auction probably beat the ever loving crap out of the cars doing donuts in the parking lot.
For those of you who find some of our under $10k cars a bit mundane here is opportunity for you.
With only 75 ever built perhaps one day this will be collectible, but for now I wouldn’t consider this a real investment grade vehicle, though someone is trying to turn a profit with the ask here being $1,800,000, which is several 100k over original MSRP. This is a chance to show up all those folks in their “standard” SLRs.
Lightweight and with 640 horsepower, 220 mph can be achieved if you find enough road. With no windows or windshield goggles would be a must.
It is really hard to fathom what exactly you would do with this, it isn’t street legal in the U.S., but you can probably get it through on show plates or just take it to track events. The seller says the car is currently in Germany.
Not bad looking, but not exactly beautiful. I suppose it is nice to know if you really want one they can be had. It is pretty cool for a company to pay homage to someone as important to their history, as Stirling Moss was for Mercedes, while they are still alive as well.
You would think if you were selling a 2 million dollar car you would add a bit more credibility to your sale by providing better pictures and description. Of course it sort of loses a bit of mystique just being on eBay in the first place.
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