Still saving hard-earned money for that ultra-limited edition Aston Martin One-77 monster of a super-car? Well, then Mercedes-Benz has got a good one to tempt you: its long-awaited 2009 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is heading to the production line and, boy oh boy, there will be even fewer of them!
The car will be about two times less expensive than the Aston Martin, and will be even more exclusive since its production run will be limited to only 75 units. And it will possibly be the last SLR model developed by MB and McLaren.
Just like the 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition, the 2009 Mercedes Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss pays homage to the classic 1955 Mercedes-Benz SLR 300, which was built to win the 1955 World Sportscar Championship season.
The famous car driven by the famous pilot won the famous 1955 Mille Miglia race and earned Mercedes-Benz a victory in the Manufacturers Cup with a total of 24 point leaving Ferrari and Jaguar respectively two and eight points behind. Although you can’t really say that the competing teams (and brands behind them) were left in the dust, I would say that the victory was still pretty symbolic given that Mercedes was always primarily a maker of luxury sedans and considered sportier models more like icing on an extremely lucrative cake of ‘rich man’s cars’ market.
Unfortunately, the SLR 300 was also a cause of a major accident during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which resulted in 83 deaths and eventually forced Mercedes to leave the world of motor sports for about 30 years.
Unlike the SLR 722 Edition, the SLR Stirling Moss’s styling is much, much closer to the original SLR 300. The super-car not only lost its roof, it also comes sans windshield and side windows, while featuring a pair of integrated air-scoops that also act as roll-over protection bars.
A pair of exhaust pipes on each side of the front wings looks strikingly similar to those on the historic car. It is powered by the same 5.5-liter V8 engine capable of delivering 650hp and providing a sub-3.5 seconds 0-100km/h acceleration time, though. Ouch.
Inside, the car is still quite futuristic featuring an energizing cocktail of aluminum and carbon-fiber and all this stuff.
Mercedes plans to sell only 75 copies of the SLR Stirling Moss offering it at a price of €750,000 with first vehicles running off the assembly line in June 2009.
Should you buy this one? Well, I think you should answer positively at these two questions. First, does the cash burns your pocket through an extremely expensive alligator leather wallet? And, second, do you have an obscure, well-ventilated barn near your summer house where the car can stay forgotten for approximately fifty years when one of your heirs may accidentally find it and the sell at some ten million bucks just because the vehicle has suddenly become a highly sought-after collector’s item? If both answers are ‘yes’, then you should definitely get one of these highly exclusive mechanical monsters.