In 2009, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a special edition variant of the SLR McLaren at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This limited edition served as the final edition of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Because of that, the car was christened with an iconic number, the 722 Edition. Only 75 examples of the SLR McLaren 722 edition were built, and RM Sothebys is auctioning off one with less than 100 miles on its odometer.
The historical significance of the SLR 722 edition is as a tribute to legendary racing driver Stirling Moss and his record-breaking win at the 1955 Mille Miglia. The Mille Miglia is a 1,000-mile road race in which Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson won by clocking in an astounding 10 hours and 7 minutes run using a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR wearing the number 722.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition honors Stirling Moss with a 5.5-liter supercharged AMG V8 producing 641 horsepower. Moreover, the limited edition cars are 440 pounds lighter than a standard McLaren SLR thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber and a bespoke aerodynamic package that gives it a retro-inspired look to the original 1955 300 SLR.
The car comes finished in metallic silver over a black and red interior. This 2010 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 edition has remained in flawless condition. According to RM Sotheby, the car has only been registered once in Germany by the current and only owner. Moreover, the odometer shows less than 100 miles! The car is estimated to be worth over four million dollars. But that all depends on the desire in the bidder’s heart when it’s auctioned off in Paris with the auction closing on February 8.
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