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SPOTTED: SUPERCAR SPECIAL

A sub-£100K McLaren SLR prompts the question: why does the market seem to hate Mercedes supercars?

Some cursory glancing at the classifieds recently threw up this rather interesting SLR. Yes, it has done a lot of miles for such a car - check out the shiny steering wheel, attesting to its 50K-plus miles - but surely this is a hell of a lot of engineering and performance for a smidge less than £100K?
And the depreciation issue is an interesting one for Mercedes supercars. Even the best examples of the McMerc struggle to command more than half the original. This is especially intriguing when its values are compared with that of its closest contemporary, the Porsche Carrera GT. Most examples of these have in fact appreciated from the £320K price point it originally shared with the McLaren Mercedes.
And whilst some level the 'mainstream manufacturer' criticism at the SLR, how do you therefore explain the rock-steady values of the Ford GT? This was powered by a V8 derived from a pick-up no less, and yet its blue-collar origins have done nothing to dent its used prices, with some examples again appreciating in value.
Moreover, it was argued the 'confused identity' of the SLR, with its McLaren-designed carbon tub allied to a Merc auto and supercharged V8, resulted in its rather negative press and public reaction. But now the two have separated, employed solely their own ideology on respective supercars, and yet still the market struggles with a 200mph car with a three-pointed star. The first SLSes can now be had for £110K with very few miles, while not a single MP4-12C is available in the PH classifieds for less than its £168,500 list price.
It's not like Mercedes doesn't have form, the original 1954 300SL Gullwing regularly cited as the very first modern supercar and there being no lack of motorsport success and credibility over the years on which to draw upon.
Whatever the reasons, Merc supercars look like something of a bargain right now. And just to underline the fact here are some competitors...
Ferrari 360 CS - £133K new, now still £90K plus
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 - one year older than SLS and more miles, £115K
Ferrari 458 Italia - the cheapest right-hand drive one available is £184,286

Source: http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=25892
 

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Mercedes basterdized their brand with soccer mom vans and puny cars in Europe. They are everything to everyone. The Ford GT is different because it is the closest thing to a replica of the original GT40 - from a distance you could mistake one for the other and that makes it uber-cool. The SLS does not really resemble the original gullwing. Porsche is in danger of the same brand dilemma. BTW, CGTs can be had over here for way, way less than 320K british pounds. Try closer to USD $300K.

If the SLR had a 6 speed manual, I'd probably think really hard about it.
 

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I admit it. I like the SLR convertible.

Please be gentle.
 

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Mercedes basterdized their brand with soccer mom vans and puny cars in Europe. They are everything to everyone. The Ford GT is different because it is the closest thing to a replica of the original GT40 - from a distance you could mistake one for the other and that makes it uber-cool. The SLS does not really resemble the original gullwing. Porsche is in danger of the same brand dilemma. BTW, CGTs can be had over here for way, way less than 320K british pounds. Try closer to USD $300K.

If the SLR had a 6 speed manual, I'd probably think really hard about it.
I wonder what the tax situation would be on an American CGT to ship it over,circa £190K starting point is good value,and they are all left hookers,WTDOOM im sure there is a downside?????
 

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I wonder what the tax situation would be on an American CGT to ship it over,circa £190K starting point is good value,and they are all left hookers,WTDOOM im sure there is a downside?????
Would bet you can't import a U.S. spec car until a certain number of years has passed. Here in Canada, all foreign used cars (except U.S, spec) are inadmissable until 15 years old from date of manufacture, at which point anything goes although we get dinged a foreign goods tariff.
 

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it's a bargain until u see the service bill. the cost on service the SLR is just pure brutal & doe not make any sense at all. not the mention the engine is basically the same as SL55.
 

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I see that Pistonheads are perpetuating the myth about the GT's engine being derived from a pick-up truck: The only thing the GT motor had in common with any other Ford engine was the bore and stroke dimensions, every piece of it was unique to the GT. However, Jeremy Clarkson said it on Top Gear so it must be true.....
 

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the slr I think really is under rated. No fault to Mclaren because mercedes was calling the shots and dictated much of the design process. Nevertheless I personally like the car but agree that it could have been a much better car had Mercedes given free reign to McLaren on the project.
 

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When they were building the SLR they used to bed the brakes in at Chobham circuit and I bagged a passenger ride. The test driver said it was an OK car but would not go round corners as we hit the banked bend at some stupid speed but I knew what he meant.

There was no room in the cabin and the bonnet was 60 feet long so the engine was midships.

The finish was amazing, just perfect and the work of Tuscany virgins, or maybe Woking virgins!
 

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It's a great gt car, fast and fun to drive. The service is about $5k a year, other then that it's a bullet proof car...much better quality that a 599. Price will go up at some point 5-10 years from now.
 

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I see that Pistonheads are perpetuating the myth about the GT's engine being derived from a pick-up truck: The only thing the GT motor had in common with any other Ford engine was the bore and stroke dimensions, every piece of it was unique to the GT. However, Jeremy Clarkson said it on Top Gear so it must be true.....
LOL holier than thou
 

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Methinks the fact that McLaren don't display an SLR on their boulevard at the MTC says it all;)
Good observation, no pun intended.
 

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It just doesn't have the look or lines of a supercar, it had the price as well the performance. If I had the room and the price was right I would get the roadster, I love the side pipes. Cheers....??
 

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Any idea how McLaren views the SLR today? Do they still consider it one of theirs?
its a Mercedes

drives like one too..

there's not one of us who would swap our 12c for it, or indeed drive it still if we owned one along with the 12c

aside from the vanquish, it's the most disappointing car I've driven...
 
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