2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

by May 20, 2019

Photos ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

by May 20, 2019

Photos ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions

YEAR

2009

MODEL

SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

MANUFACTURER

Mercedes-Benz

ESTIMATE (US)

$2,077,000-$2,470,000

CHASSIS NUMBER

WDD1999761M900066

AUCTION COMPANY

RM Sotheby's

AUCTION DATE

May 25

You could start a dandy argument over the greatest automobile race ever won, but Stirling Moss’ 1955 Mille Miglia victory would be in the running. With Denis Jenkinson in the passenger’s seat reading instructions, Moss set speed records while putting his Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in the winner’s circle.

To honor that victory, in 2009 Mercedes-Benz created a run of 75 special versions of the Mercedes/McLaren SLR, modified to improve their aerodynamics and resemble the racecar. To begin with, the Mille Miglia-winning Moss SLR had no roof, so they chopped off the top, leaving headrests, roll hoops and vestigial wind deflectors for driver and passenger. Talk about having the wind in your hair.

You might say the designers “roadsterized” the exterior appearance of the SLR right down to a pair of short exhaust pipes in the front quarter panels. They expel gases from a 5.5-liter supercharged AMG V-8 engine sporting 641 horsepower.

Between the “beheading” of the roof and the added use of carbon fiber, some 440 pounds were cut from the car’s curb weight. Tested by Car Magazine in 2009, a Moss SLR leapt to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and topped out at 220 mph.

The exterior color is Antimony Grey Crystal while the main interior theme is black leather with red accents sown in. Carbon fiber is also used in the interior, and the gauges are well-hooded ahead of the driver.

The vehicle offered is a Euro-spec SLR with just 5,220 miles on the odometer. It reportedly has had two owners and has been fully serviced by Mercedes-Benz.

Launched at the 2009 Detroit auto show, the batch of 75 Moss editions were only sold to owners who already had SLRs and the going price was over $1 million. The price compares favorably to the auction estimate of $2,077,000-$2,470,000.

Luckily the car comes with officially sanctioned goggles and hats. Hey, if you’re going to lose your hair anyway, how better?

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