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.
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