Legendary racer Stirling Moss is no for a longer period with us, but a confined-edition supercar named following him however maintain a low of worth and just one lucky fanatic can soon personal it.
A Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is established to go less than the hammer at an RM Sotheby’s auction running Jan. 31 to Feb. 8 in Paris.
The vehicle, bearing chassis quantity WDD1999761M900055, is just one of 75 examples of the wild speedster designed briefly in 2009, and according to the listing there’s just 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) on the odometer. The auto was at first sent in Germany and has been with the identical owner all this time.
It features the hero hues of the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss: a metallic silver exterior in blend with a black and pink interior. The coloration plan is very similar to the one highlighted on the 300 SLR pushed to victory by Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson in the 1955 Mille Miglia.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss – Picture credit: RM Sotheby’s
As the identify suggests, the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is primarily based on Mercedes’ SLR McLaren supercar. It was the remaining example of the McLaren-built supercar (Mercedes was partnered with McLaren in F1 at the time), and was all around 440 pounds lighter than the inventory model thanks to its exceptional speedster human body and amplified use of carbon fiber in the construction.
Powering the automobile is a supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 mounted in a front midship placement, and rated at 650 hp, or more than enough for -62 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds and a prime speed of near to 220 mph.
Simply because of the speedster entire body, driving one even at freeway speeds is heading to do a lot more hurt than just messing up your hair, even with the small wind deflector mounted in front of the driver’s seat. It signifies any affordable push in the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss will have to have occupants to put on a helmet.
RM Sotheby’s estimates a final bid of between 3 million and 4 million euros (around $3.26 million and $4.35 million). A further example with the exact exterior and interior colour blend was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in 2020 but failed to sell soon after its ultimate bid achieved 1.4 million euros ($1.52 million).