The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss is a car with boosted performance and toned-up looks that carries the maker’s seal of approval.
Only 75 will be built when production starts in June, and even in these difficult times, all have been presold. To qualify to buy one, you would need to have been one of “the most loyal of SLR customers”, as Mercedes put it, with about £815,000 of spare cash.
Why name it after Sir Stirling Moss? Well, he is one of only two surviving people to have regularly raced a Mercedes F1 car, and I suspect Mercedes felt that “SLR Hans Herrmann” didn’t have quite the same ring. Stirling’s most notable achievement behind the wheel of a Mercedes was with a 300 SLR, winning the 1955 Mille Miglia road race from Brescia to Rome and back, driving almost 1,000 miles in a little more than 10 hours – a record that still stands.