Amelia Island

8 March 2014

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Lot 146

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster

  • Chassis no. WDDAK76F78M001790

Sold for $275,000


617 bhp, 5,439 cc SOHC supercharged and intercooled V-8 engine, AMG Speedshift R five-speed automatic transmission with three manual modes, four-wheel coil-spring independent suspension, and four-wheel Sensotronic hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 110 in.

  • Mercedes-Benz and McLaren’s legendary supercar
  • Well maintained and like new
  • The modern road going 300SLR


The SLR McLaren, introduced in November 2003, was Mercedes-Benz’s foray into the world of the supercar, alongside such automobiles as the Porsche Carrera GT and the Ferrari Enzo. It was developed in collaboration with the McLaren Technology Centre, which, at the time, was partially owned by Mercedes. While Ferrari and Porsche pursued creating the best all-out supercars that the world had ever seen, Mercedes and McLaren attempted to create an automobile that coupled the best aspects of supercars and grand tourers, creating a car that could cross great swaths of land at 200 mph while also swaddling its owners in great comfort.

Engineers at Mercedes and McLaren took care to place the V-8 as far back as possible in the chassis in order to improve the car’s handling, giving the SLR near-perfect weight distribution. The SLR’s engine is certainly nothing to scoff at, as it produces 617 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, in thanks to a Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger, which provides 13 psi of boost pressure. A dash from 0–60 mph took 3.8 seconds, and the car leads to a quarter mile in just over 11 seconds, with a top speed of 206 mph. Its AMG Speedshift R transmission provides three manual modes, to suit the owner’s style of driving. Other remarkable technical features include the Sensotronic “brake by wire” system, carbon-ceramic disc brakes, and an automatic airbrake, which can bring the SLR to a screeching halt from 120 mph to a dead stop in less than 240 feet.

In 2007, Mercedes introduced the SLR McLaren Roadster, adding even more fanfare to Mercedes’ high-end sports car. Fortunately for the SLR Roadster, when removing the roof, the “swing-wing” doors remain hinged to the A-pillars rather than the roof itself. After being manually unlatched, the roof takes just 10 seconds to fold into a compartment behind the rear seats—quick enough to be done at a stop light. Engineers also spent lots of time focusing on structural rigidity in both the coupe and the roadster models of the SLR, and Mercedes claims that the drop-top is just as rigid as the coupe. Save for the convertible top, the SLR remained largely unchanged from its coupe sibling. Not only did the roadster provide owners with the same performance and usability as the coupe, but it also allowed them to hear the SLR’s glorious exhaust note, which many thought to be the best facet of the car.

This SLR Roadster was produced in 2007, and it wears Mercedes Crystal Laurite Silver Metallic over a red leather interior with a black convertible top, which is a sporting yet elegant color combination that perfectly reflects the SLR as an automobile. The car is presently fitted with custom iForged wheels, which add to the car’s aggressive look; however, its original wheels are still present with the car, and they will be offered with the sale. The odometer reads just over 11,500 miles, and the car is presently in like-new condition. Additionally, the SLR’s front bonnet has been fitted with 3M protective film, in order to protect the SLR’s nose from rock chips and bugs while driving.

The SLR proved to be both a competent grand tourer and sports car, and it is well regarded for its reliability and relative ease of driving. The trunk of the car can easily fit a weekend’s worth of luggage for two, and the car is fitted with automatic climate control and a cabin that is lavishly trimmed in leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum, making it very nice to be in for an extended period of time. This SLR has been well maintained for its entire life, and it is definitely ready to be used as its creators intended.

Addendum

Please note this vehicle is titled as a 2008 and import duty of 2.5% of purchase price is payable on this car if the buyer is a resident of the United States.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more