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Rare 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 'Crown Edition' Up for Auction

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Rare 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 'Crown Edition' Up for Auction
Rare 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 'Crown Edition' Up for Auction

A stunning 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 'Crown Edition' Coupé, one of only ten ever produced, is set to turn heads at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on July 12, 2024. This ultra-exclusive vehicle, bearing chassis number WDD-199376-1M-001679, has an estimated value between £200,000 and £300,000 (US$250,000 - $380,000) and will be sold without reserve.

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This particular SLR McLaren has an extraordinary pedigree. It has had just one owner from new, who has preserved it meticulously, resulting in a mere 60 kilometers on the odometer. Acquired as part of an extensive private collection, this Crown Edition has been kept on static display, ensuring it remains in pristine condition. Recently recommissioned and serviced by Stratton Motor Company, it is now ready for a new owner to enjoy its blend of luxurious comfort and exceptional performance.

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The SLR McLaren 'Crown Edition' stands out with its unique specifications. Finished in an eye-catching red with a matching Silver Arrow leather interior, this ninth of the ten Crown Editions built includes upgrades such as the full 722-specification parts. These enhancements feature an uprated and modified engine, carbon fiber aerodynamic components, stiffer dampers, and 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels. The 722 Edition, named in honor of Stirling Moss's 1955 Mille Miglia victory, included only 150 units and is highly sought after for its power boost to 641 hp and other performance upgrades.

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The 2008 SLR McLaren was already a masterpiece, showcasing Mercedes-Benz and McLaren's expertise in high-performance sports car engineering. With a top speed of 207 mph and a 0-62 mph time of just 3.8 seconds, this car delivers performance figures that are still impressive today. The five-speed automatic transmission, optimized for high torque, and Speedshift system ensure precise and exhilarating driving experiences.

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This car's inclusion of a carbon fiber monocoque structure, aluminum subframes, and advanced aerodynamics exemplifies its cutting-edge design. The interior, with black Alcantara upholstery, carbon fiber trim, and modern conveniences like automatic climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system, merges luxury with performance seamlessly.

Offered with a clean California title, this SLR McLaren 'Crown Edition' represents a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Potential buyers should note that the car will be managed by customs agents, CARS UK, for post-sale customs administration, and additional fees will apply for import or export processes. This vehicle, not currently registered, includes a photocopy of its old registration document, with further details available from the Bonhams Motorcar Department.

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Don't miss the chance to own a piece of automotive history, a car that not only celebrates the end of the SLR's production run but also embodies the pinnacle of luxury and performance in automotive engineering.

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