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Video: Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss Edition Spied in Monaco

In 2009 this was the quickest roadster on the planet. In 2012 it remains one of the most breathtaking.

Only 75 models of the €750,000 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss were ever made, acting as the finale for the SLR while paying homage to one of the greatest race drivers of all time. One such model was recently spotted in Monaco, and it looks spectacular. When unveiled back in 2009 it was the fastest open-top production car in the world, hitting a top speed of 217mph and clocking 0-62mph in less than 3.5 seconds thanks to a 650hp supercharged 5.5-liter V8.

The breathtaking design blends the character of modern SLR models with the SLR of 1955, most notably the high side skirts and black-painted ventilation gills on the hood and sides.

With neither a roof nor windscreen, driver and passenger are afforded a unique driving experience, protected from the elements by two wind deflectors just a couple of centimeters in height. The entire bodywork is made of fine lightweight carbon-fiber, and its pronounced arrow-shaped form is characterized by an elongated hood and compact rear that houses a large diffuser in the bumper for maximum possible downforce. Folding swing-wing doors open forwards and once inside a high-class cabin adorned in carbon-fiber, aluminum and leather sets the style.

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