Lot 236

Miami 2024

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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$235,200 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Coral Gables, Florida

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WDDAJ76F55M000541
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  • One of only 1,412 SLR McLaren Coupes produced from 2004 through 2008
  • Showing less than 20,150 miles at cataloguing time
  • Single ownership from new with invoices indicating regular service at Mercedes-Benz of Palm Beach in Florida
  • Finished in Crystal Laurite Silver over Silver Arrow 300SL Red Leather, evoking the legendary 300 SLR that Sir Stirling Moss famously drove to victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia
  • The superbly engineered, road-going result of one of the most successful collaborations in motor sport history, likely never to be repeated
  • An ideal acquisition for those seeking comfort and convenience beyond what a typical supercar offers without compromising performance and exclusivity

Few partnerships in the automotive world have been more fruitful than that of Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. Mercedes-Benz started supplying engines to McLaren for Formula One in the mid-1990s, and over the course of the following two decades, McLaren racked up numerous victories. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren emerged after the partnership deepened in 2000, when Daimler AG acquired 40 percent of the McLaren Group, which it later divested after the two companies eventually parted ways. The SLR was introduced in November 2003, a time when the Ferrari Enzo was set to do battle with the Porsche Carrera GT. Given McLaren’s aspirations to manufacture road cars of its own, the SLR would end up being the two companies’ first and only road car together, which further heightens its mystique.

Instead of creating an uncompromising supercar, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren pursued a different route. Eschewing the rear-mid-engine formula, they devised a front-mid-engine layout. This not only allowed near-perfect weight distribution, but also gave the car a more spacious cabin and trunk, making it more practical and usable than its competitors. It also created dazzling proportions, with a long, sculpted hood and an impressive dash-to-axle ratio, necessary to accommodate the Mercedes-built 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 nestled entirely behind the front axle for superior weight distribution. Supremely engineered and manufactured to incredible standards at McLaren’s facilities in Woking, United Kingdom, the SLR boasted superlative performance, luxury, and comfort in equal measure, making it the ultimate mix of supercar and grand tourer. And with unique gullwing doors, its spectacle persists even when parked.

The 2005 SLR McLaren Coupe offered here—one of just 1,412 SLR McLaren Coupes produced from 2004 to 2008—was sold new through Mercedes-Benz of Palm Beach in Florida (formerly Gulfstream Motors) to its first and only owners. Notably, it is finished in an iconic color combination that conjures the legendary 300 SLR Sir Stirling Moss famously drove to victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia, with a Crystal Laurite Silver exterior over a stunning Silver Arrow 300SL Red Leather interior—a $9,900 option from the factory. The car was further outfitted with the larger standard driver and passenger seats for enhanced comfort, as well as the standard wheel package.

Bristling with every conceivable amenity and advancement Mercedes-Benz offered, the SLR McLaren coddles occupants in limousine luxury while delighting the driver with supercar performance. Showing less than 20,150 miles at the time of cataloguing and dutifully serviced at Mercedes-Benz of Palm Beach from new—as indicated by accompanying service invoices—this splendid SLR McLaren would be an ideal acquisition for anyone seeking comfort and convenience beyond what a typical supercar offers without compromising performance and exclusivity. As the superbly engineered, road-going result of one of the most successful collaborations in motorsport history—likely never to be repeated—it is unquestionably among the most desirable sports cars of the modern era.