2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster
Sold For $324,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
- Finished in unique Arctic White special paintwork
- Trimmed in Silver Arrow Tobacco Brown leather
- Presented in excellent condition; showing 8,686 miles
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 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 as back as possible in the chassis, endowing the SLR with the unusual distinction of having a front mid-mounted powertrain 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 McLaren 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.
The SLR McLaren offered here is a pristine example of the rare roadster variant. Like the coupe, the SLR roadster has the same thrusting hood, massive side vents, and taut tail end that includes a rear diffuser and active airbrake. This unique example is finished in a wonderful special paintwork Artic White over an exclusive Silver Arrow Tobacco Brown leather interior that pays homage to the triumphant Mercedes-Benz Model S “White Elephant” racing cars of the 1920s. Further, the car shows extremely well throughout, due in part to the care of its current owner and the fact that this SLR has seen less than 8,700 miles from new.
In recent years the supercar has become near commonplace; however, given this SLR’s distinctive styling and technical standard, especially in rare roadster form, this SLR McLaren remains a highly collectable Mercedes-Benz suitable for any sports car collection.