Ultra-pricey, windshield-less supercars have never particularly moved me. Neither did the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which I consider to be a bit fussy and ugly. Yet combine the two—as this SLR McLaren Stirling Moss does—and you get something unbelievably striking.
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The SLR McLaren Stirling Moss was created to as an homage to the 300 SLR that Sir Moss drove to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia road rally. The tribute edition is powered by the same 5.5-liter supercharged V-8 that motivates the coveted SLR 722 Edition, which makes 641 horsepower. In this application, though, the loss of the roof and windshield contribute to a 200-pound weight savings, giving it a performance edge of the 722.
It's also more rare. Sure, the 722's 150-unit production run doesn't make it mass-market, but Mercedes made just 75 SLR McLaren Stirling Moss cars. They were only offered to existing owners of SLRs. Yet this one hasn't just sat in a hermetically sealed box. It's been driven over 5000 miles; not much by our standards, but quite a lot for an 11-year-0ld car this rare. Not only that, but it participated in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz 1000 Miglia challenge, living up to its namesake.
It was listed as part of RM Sotheby's online-only European Summer Auction which ended on July 22, but the car is still noted as for sale on the site. As for the price, well, if you have to ask, best to look elsewhere.
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