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Someone Nearly Ruined This Mercedes-McLaren SLR

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The good news is that it's totally reversible. The bad news is you have to stare at it now.

Mercedes-Benz offered the SLR McLaren in an array of colors. But we'd be willing to bet (hundreds of thousands of) dollars to (tire-smoking) donuts that more of the 2,157 examples made left McLaren's workshop in silver than any other single color (or shade). And that's precisely what makes this example such a rarity.

What you're looking at, in case you've yet to ascertain, is a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster painted in flat beige – a color you'd sooner expect to see on a German taxi than a six-figure supercar. Yet here it is, and it's up for grabs.

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Stemming from their longtime collaboration in Formula One, Mercedes and McLaren developed and produced the SLR together from 2003 to 2010. It ran with the likes of the Porsche Carrera GT and Ferrari Enzo, but took more of a grand-touring approach, with its engine up front, driving the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic.

Its 5.4-liter supercharged V8 produced 617 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque – augmented in subsequent versions – sending it to scurrying to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds before topping out at over 207 miles per hour. A roadster version followed the coupe five years later, letting the wind blow through the cockpit.

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In this case that cockpit is upholstered in black and red leather, with a burgundy top to match. Given (as far as we know) that beige wasn't one of the original colors offered, we'd surmise that this was either a special order, or was repainted somewhere along the line over the past decade.

Regardless, if you like what you see, you can bid on it. Driving Emotions – an exotic car dealer in West Palm Beach, Florida – has the peculiar exotic listed on eBay, with 7,297 miles on the clock and a $390,000 opening bid. There's an undisclosed reserve price above that, but the same dealer has it listed on its own website for $438,800.

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