Renowned Racing Driver Sir Stirling Moss drove the famous Mercedes Silver Arrow cars in the 1950s and 60s, so it is apt that his name is attached to a supercar. The Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss is for sale via RM Sothebys Sealed. Jeremy Webb looks at the modern classic.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss was showcased at the North American International Auto Show of 2009 in Detroit. A radical iteration which pays homage to the 300 SLR, driven to a record-breaking victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia by Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson. The aim is to produce the most dynamic and exciting Mercedes-Benz since the CLK GTR Roadster.
Moss’ 300 SLR had nothing superfluous because Mercedes wanted performance from the car, which continues with the SLR Stirling Moss. in the pursuit of aesthetics, performance, and extreme driver (and passenger) enjoyment, items like the windscreen and roof have been removed. It adds to the visual drama and increases the driving experience’s intensity tenfold.
Car magazine road-tested the car in 2009 and likened the experience of full-throttle acceleration to ‘standing on the wingtip of a 747’. They recorded the 0–100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and the top speed of 354 km/h achievable only by those ‘whose neck muscles can bear it’.
The extreme performance comes by utilising the same 641 bhp, 5.5-litre supercharged AMG V-8 that powers the SLR 722 Edition and pairing it with 200 kg of weight savings. The speedster style has been adapted, and carbon fibre has been used for the bodywork, underside, and new aerodynamic package.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss, for sale by Sealed Bid, was first registered in Germany in 2010 and carefully preserved in the hands of just one private owner. It has less than 150 km on the odometer and is listed virtually as-new condition throughout.
Stirling Moss’ quintessential colour scheme of metallic silver adorns the paintwork with a black and red leather interior, a modern twist on the colour scheme of the racing 300 SLRs campaigned by Mercedes-Benz in 1955.
The SLR Stirling Moss is amongst the most exclusive Mercedes-Benzes ever built and one of seventy-five built. No reserve has been placed on the SLR, and with many examples in private collections, this is a rare opportunity to purchase one of Mercedes-Benz’s most iconic models of the 21st Century. The car will be displayed at Retromobile in Paris from 1 to 5 February.
Sotheby’s Sealed is a hugely successful platform offering some of the world’s most significant cars. Since its inception, Sotheby’s Sealed has provided an iconic McLaren F1, the fabled white Ferrari Enzo, Juan Fangio’s personal Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, and now, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss.
By adopting a new bidding system, bidders can see where their current bid ranks but can not see other bids. An auto-extension works if a client in the top three rankings bids in the last 90 seconds of the auction.
Bidding opens on 31 January 2023 at 18:00 (CET) and closes on 8 February 2023 at 18:00 (CET).
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