SPOTTED: MERCEDES SLR MCLAREN
Dan goes hunting for a suitable SLR you might actually want to buy
A shame then that this sector of the market is so acutely mileage sensitive. Well, a shame if you want to use it. 'Official' cars that go through M-B World - the only Mercedes dealer authorised to sell and maintain SLRs - will all be sub-25K and with full histories. Put some miles on the fully Mercedes certified £164K, 11,500-mile car shown here and, though you'll have a lot of fun, you'll murder its value. Steve knows of an equivalent car that racked up 65,000 miles or so and went for around £100K at an independent. Which, if you're not afraid to use it, makes a high-mileage SLR a very tempting proposition.
There's a reasonable spread of SLRs currently in the PH classifieds, ranging from £200K for a 2007 Roadster to £120K for a Dutch-offered coupe with a few miles. For comparison top-end for a low-miles, main dealer offered SLS is £130K.
There are a few modified cars out there too, ranging from ones with power upgrades to four or five (Steve's guess) that have been to McLaren Special Operations for a more extensive makeover that costs in the region of £200K. Sadly the later paddle shifters aren't a factory recognised retrofit but many owners change the lights for the smoked 722 ones or go for different wheels. Worth noting that the lightweight wheels fitted to pukka 722s aren't certified for the heavier standard car.
this M-B World example seem like a safer, if slightly more expensive, bet. Going independent saves you about 10per cent.
Still serious money. But for the status, performance and potential for actual usability a more tempting proposition than you may have thought.
PHers are already talking about SLRs in response to our Tell Me I'm Wrong piece -join the conversation here!
MERCEDES-BENZ SLR McLAREN
Engine: 5,439cc V8 supercharged
Transmission: 5-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 626@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 575@3,250rpm
MPG: 14.8mpg (NEDC combined)
First registered: 2007
Recorded mileage: 11,500
Price new: £313,465
Yours for: £164,450
See the original advert here.