Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Palm Beach Auction.
Developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren’s production ran from 2003-2010 before it was succeeded by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
Built as a grand touring car, “SLR” stood for “Sport Leicht Rennsport,” or Sport Light Racing.Rear of the SLR McLaren
The public first saw the SLR in 1999 at the North American International Auto Show, when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the “Vision SLR” concept. The concept was inspired both by the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe of 1955, which was essentially a modified Mercedes-Benz race car, and the design of a closed-wheel Formula One car. The concept car debuted with an AMG 5.5-liter supercharged V8 engine. Later that year, during the Frankfurt show, the concept was presented in a roadster version.
With the concept well received, Mercedes worked with McLaren, its Formula One partner, to produce the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
Crossing the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction block with a reserve is a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.
The car offered has less than 7,200 miles on its odometer and has a one-owner history. The car is painted Crystal Laurite Silver with a 300SL Red exclusive leather interior and features luxury and performance features.
Powering the SLR is an AMG 5.5-liter supercharged V8, rated with 617 horsepower, attached to a 5-speed AMG transmission. The car is capable of 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph.
For information on becoming a bidder, including absentee bidding, follow the link to www.Barrett-Jackson.com/bid. The 14th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction will feature 19 hours of live television coverage on Velocity and Discovery.
BARRETT-JACKSON LIVE U.S. Broadcast Schedule (All Times ET):
Friday, April 8: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Velocity
Saturday, April 9: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Discovery Channel, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Velocity
Sunday, April 10: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Velocity