Modified twice by MSO, this rare beast is now up for sale.
The ancestor of today's Mercedes-AMG GT, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, was a joint project between the two companies that lasted from 2003 through 2010. Just 2,517 examples of the supercharged V8-powered grand touring supercar were built with final assembly taking place at McLaren's Technology Center in Woking, UK.
Throughout its relatively short lifetime, three body styles were offered: coupe, roadster, and the Stirling Moss speedster. The coupe is probably the most well-known, but serious collectors will want this ultra-limited roadster currently up for auction by UK-based auction house Collecting Cars.
How come? Because it's the McLaren Edition, which was essentially a bespoke SLR built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) over a year after the SLR lineup was officially discontinued. Just 25 examples were made and of those just six were roadsters. This one is VIN #001. Got your attention now? With its grey exterior and red/Anthracite interior, this left-hand-drive example has a mere 1,696 miles on its odometer and only one previous owner.
This example was initially for the UK-market and originally painted in Crystal Laurite Silver with 'Silver Arrow 300 SL' red leather. But, the owner was wonderfully greedy and turned the car back over to McLaren in late 2009 for the MSO McLaren Edition conversion.
This included a new Alabaster White body color, 722 Edition aerodynamics package, 722 tinted lights, and unique alloy wheels. New seats were installed and a 'McLaren Edition' badge was added to the radio cover. Other new features included carbon kick plates and amplified sport exhaust. The owner didn't stop there because in 2010 he sent the car back to MSO for more upgrades.
Once again, the body color was repainted and the seats were re-trimmed. A carbon fiber steering wheel and door mirrors were also added. There's a '001' plaque located behind the gear shifter. The total amount spent on the MSO work came to £106,831.
And yet the changes still didn't end. More recently, the current exterior color was applied. Power, of course, comes from a Mercedes-sourced 5.4-liter supercharged V8 with 617 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. Needless to say, the car has been meticulously maintained and the sale comes with complete service records.
Still interested? You need to act extremely fast because the auction is due to end in just a few hours. As of this writing, the highest bid was £316,000, which comes to about $408,000, according to current exchange figures.