Open Roads, March | Lot 248
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster
$434,500 USD | Sold
| Montreal, Quebec
17 - 25 March 2021
- 709 kilometers (441 miles) from new at time of cataloguing
- Finished in Crystal Galaxit Black Metallic
- Powered by a 617 hp, 5.4-liter supercharged V-8
- Capable of a top speed of 208 mph
- One of 2,157 examples built from 2003 to 2010
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was first unveiled as a concept in 1999. The show car, dubbed the Vision SLR, borrowed styling cues from Mercedes’ iconic race car, the 300 SLR. Based on the automaker’s all-conquering W196, the 300 SLR proved to be the top of the class when it was campaigned during the 1955 season. Decades later, Mercedes-Benz had honored its racing history by teaming with McLaren Automotive, one of the world’s most successful Formula 1 teams, to bring the modernized SLR to life.
Introduced in 2003, the production model was powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter aluminum V-8 that produced a more than capable 617 hp. The hand-built engine was pushed as far back as possible in the chassis, endowing the SLR with the unusual distinction of having a front mid-mounted power-train layout. Fitted with lightweight carbon-fiber bodywork and massive ceramic brakes, the SLR was and remains a truly exhilarating driving experience.
In 2007 Mercedes-Benz added even more drama to the SLR when they introduced the open-top roadster. While the roof was removed, the “swing-wing” doors remained, hinged to the A-pillars rather than the roof itself. Not losing an ounce of excitement over the original coupe, Mercedes-Benz engineers focused on the car’s structural rigidity, for which they claim that the drop top is just as rigid as its fixed-head brethren. With a top speed of 206 mph, this was one of the fastest and most exciting convertibles money could buy.
This 2009 SLR McLaren Roadster is finished in Crystal Galaxit Black Metallic over an anthracite and beige leather interior. It rides on Michelin tires mounted on turbine-style wheels. This SLR has covered just 709 kilometers (441 miles) from new at the time of cataloguing, and is accompanied by an owner’s manual with pouch, and SLR club literature.
Given the SLR’s distinctive styling and technical standard, especially in roadster form, this SLR McLaren remains a collectable Mercedes-Benz suitable for any sports-car collection.