This Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss has less than 1,000km on the odometer

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by Greg Potts | Nov 24, 2019
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The days are shortening and the cold weather is creeping in, so what better time for McLaren to announce the Elva—a roofless, winshield-less speedster with an 804hp version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 usually found in the 720S and the Senna. Jeez.

But the Elva isn’t the first open-cockpit road car that McLaren has put its name to. Don’t tell us you’d forgotten about the stunning, all-out-crazy Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss. Of course you hadn’t.

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Just look at it. That long sweeping hood, those side-exit exhausts, the mega rear diffuser, the famous SLR name accompanied by Sir Stirling’s. It had everything.

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Under that lightweight carbon-fiber hood was a 5.4-liter AMG V8 putting out 641hp and 819Nm of torque. The top speed—despite the lack of a windshield—stood at 350kph. These were truly bonkers times.

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When new, just 75 SLRs were built, and all sold at around £700,000 (around P45.92 million) a pop. Homages as special as this don’t depreciate, though, and the one you see above is currently for sale at £2.22 million (roughly P145.7 million). Yep, that’s no typo.

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The car in question is being sold by German dealers Mechatronik and has just 964km on the clock. Heck, for the first two and a half years of its life, this car wasn’t even road-registered—it just sat in the current owner’s private museum.

Shall we have a whip-around?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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