Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

Sold from 2003 to 2009, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a grand tourer car jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive. SLR stands for "Sport Leicht Rennsport" (Sport Light Racing). 

In 2003, Mercedes-Benz stated that they would build 3,500 SLRs and different variants over seven years, with an annual production of 500 cars. However, actual sales figures fell well below Mercedes-McLaren's goal of selling 500 units annually.

The SLR Stirling Moss, an exclusive model that was limited to a production run of 75 units only, was inspired by the victorious 300 SLR race car driven by Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in 1955. It was to be the last series of the McLaren SLR built under the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. Designed by Korean designer Yoon Il-hun, it was unveiled and produced in 2009. It used a speedster styling that did not include roof or windscreen. The supercharged 5.5-litre V8 engine is rated 650 PS (480 kW; 640 hp) with a top speed of 350 km/h (220 mph). Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is less than 3.5 seconds. (wikipedia)

The SLR Stirling Moss was never offered with a proper roof, but it did come with two tonneau covers stored in the trunk. Mercedes said that with both of them in place, the car resembled a sculpture, while the so-called “swing-wing doors” and the absence of a windshield made it even more special. (


(L) 2009 SLR McLaren Stirling Moss   (R) 1955 300 SLR

Various SLR McLaren models under the Mercedes-Benz and McLaren partnership.

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