Lot Number

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster

Sold For $675,000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 19 - 20 JANUARY 2017

Chassis No.
  • Just over 1,900 miles from new
  • One of just 24 examples produced for the United States market

641 bhp, 5,439 cc V-8 engine with a supercharger, five-speed automatic transmission, front and rear suspension with aluminum double wishbones, coil springs, and gas dampers; and four-wheel carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 106.3 in.

Looking to take the fight to the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren teamed up to create the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren as their own 200-plus mph supercar. However, while the Enzo and Carrera GT were built as all-out sports cars, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren chose to follow a slightly different path with the SLR, choosing to create an automobile that combined the best aspects of supercars and grand tourers to create a car that embodied the best of both words. This would be a car that could cross continents at speeds close to 200 mph while providing its passengers with an unrivaled level of comfort seen at that level of performance.

Looking to celebrate Stirling Moss’ exceptional win at the 1955 Mille Miglia and the 300 SLR, number 722, which he piloted, McLaren created the ‘722’ edition SLR. Introduced in 2008 as an upgraded version of the already excellent model, its horsepower was raised to 650, and as a result, the car’s 0–60 mph time was improved to 3.6 seconds. Larger carbon-ceramic disc brakes were fitted with lighter 19-inch wheels, and the nose received an all-new diffuser and air splitter to improve downforce, as well as a modified front spoiler. Inside, the SLR 722 edition remained largely unchanged, save for some trim changes and new bucket seats and a steering wheel, which were both upholstered in leather and Alcantara. One year later, the SLR 722 S was released, further increasing the intensity of the most powerful SLR produced by lowering the chassis by 10 millimeters, adding special 19-inch wheels, and applying a special Crystal Antimony Grey paint color. Both coupe and roadster versions of the SLR 722 and 722 S were produced, providing owners with an option to let the wind flow through their hair, if so desired.

Finished in Crystal Antimony Grey over a Semi-Aniline leather interior in Black, this particular SLR 722 S Roadster is presented in virtually as-new condition, having only been driven just over 1,900 miles from new. The car was last serviced in November of 2016, where it received a full fluid flush as well as two new batteries. In addition to receipts for this most recent service, the SLR is also accompanied by all of its original books, window sticker, keys, and first aid kit. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the front bumper and splitter have been wrapped in a clear bra to preserve their immaculate condition over further use.

With 24 SLR 722 S Roadsters produced for the United States market, it goes without saying that these are very special cars that are rarely seen out and about. Taking the already excellent SLR Roadster platform and adding even more performance, this is undoubtedly one of the most significant and exciting vehicles of the 21st century to wear the Mercedes-Benz or McLaren badge. Even with its incredible performance, the 722 S Roadster is versatile enough to be both driven in anger on special occasions and used on a regular basis as a warm-weather grand-tourer. With just over 1,900 miles from new, this example is surely one of the very best and would be a perfect fit into any collection of Mercedes-Benzes, McLarens, or modern supercars.

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