Car Catcher: Is the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR a Modern Gullwing?

Gullwing doors, all the performance and the famed three-pointed star. Can we call this 2005 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR a modern take on the famed 300SL Gullwing?

Like the original, this one is just as rare–or, rather, even rarer. While Mercedes-Benz built 3258 examples of the original, just 2157 copies of the McLaren SLR were produced during the 2003-’10 run. The later car is a bit speedier, too, with zero to 60 said to require just 3.3 seconds. 

This particular example is one of only 200 made in 2005 for the US market,” states Fantasy Junction, the seller. “Ordered new and optioned with L01 Silver Arrow 300SL Red Leather interior, itself a $9,900 option, the total delivery cost was $465,650.00. Currently showing 4850 original miles, the car has been properly serviced and maintained as needed.

In 2013, left front fender suffered minor damage, which was expertly repaired and of which no visible evidence remains today. A recent Carfax reveals an accurate record of miles, inspection, and vehicle service as needed including the most recent service performed 800 miles ago.”

The asking price of $219,500 is less than half the original MSRP. Do signs point towards this one–like the original Gullwing–eventually fetching a million dollars?

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