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Sold for: £326,250
The iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is perhaps one of the most evocative shapes for a two-seater sports car of all time. Taking the World Sports Car Championship by storm when introduced in 1955, just 9 were ever produced, and only 6 survive today, all of which are priceless. The aluminium space frame chassis and the ultra light magnesium-alloy bodywork kept the car very light - 880Kgs to be exact and Mercedes-Benz engineering was probably at its best during this period, with a smooth and powerful engine and rugged suspension and brakes. Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson immortalised the car when they won the Mile Miglia in '55, the Britains gaining instant celebrity status when they took the victory at an average speed of 157.6 km/h, over the 1600 km course. This particular car is a very special and rare recreation of the original, hand built over a period of two years and finished in 2010, by Jim Marland, who was the original founder of Proteus Sports & Racing Cars. The team he selected and the components he utilised were of the very highest quality throughout. The body, for example, is all aluminium and hand crafted by Clive Smart of Shapecraft, one of the most noted of all UK body builders. The paintwork was carried out by well known Midlands specialist, XK Engineering Ltd., and the Mercedes-Benz 280E engine and 4-speed manual gearbox were rebuilt to the highest standard by Crewe Engines. The differential is a Salisbury type with a limited slip function and all the rest of the parts and running gear, are Mercedes-Benz genuine parts that have been carefully selected to be visually close to the originals wherever possible. The interior and dashboard are hand-made, and the instruments and dials hand-painted, with the intention of faithfully maintaining the car's original look. Every aspect of this car exudes quality and outstanding attention to detail. Offered now by the original owner, this is an extremely rare and special opportunity to acquire an outstanding and accurate recreation of the original 300 SLR, at a fraction of what it would cost to recreate today. This car would not look out of place in any of the finest of Car Collections anywhere in the world. The car is left-hand drive and UK registered with all VAT and duties paid. It carries the appropriate registration number, ‘300 LFX', however the unique registration number ‘722 SLR' is available by separate negotiation.
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