2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss
30th Jul 2010
The Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss is a perfect example of the fusing modern and retro styling to create something timeless. As suggested by the model name, this SLR was intended honor the 1950s 300 SLR (which was raced by it's namesake Stirling Moss, amongst others such as Juan Manuel Fanio).
As can be seen in the images above, the SLR Stirling Moss is a slightly sleeker version, with changes such as no windscreen at all. This is allowed by the form in which the bonnet has been engineered, directing almost all of the wind over the drivers head.
Although similar to the SLR 300 in so many ways, it has been noted by Mercedes that this model merely moves from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5s... A feat brought about by a 650 hp supercharged 5.5 liter V8, producing a top speed of 217 mph.
The headlamps have been slightly moderated, as well as the exhaust pipes now exiting through the fender vents- although both of these features contain elements of the original 300 model. The traditional rollover bars yet again hark back to the SLR 300, as well as the comparatively simple dashboard interiors (proving high-tech gadgets such as GPS navigation will never 'make' a car).
With a price tag of $1 million dollars, the 75 SLR Stirling Moss cars produced from June 2009 onwards are only available to existing SLR owners, giving collectors a chance to bag what will be an iconic car in history.
This car pays homage to the history of the incredible Mercedes-Benz - McLaren partnership.