2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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22 October 2022
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Chassis no. WDDAK76F38M001804. Crystal Laurite Silver Metallic with black cloth top over black leather. 5439/617hp, automatic, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, sport steering wheel, carbon fiber seats, Bose premium audio.

Evaluation: Represented with just 3210 miles but also suffered damage from an electrical fire, according to the CARFAX. Other than a tiny scuff on the soft top, though, this looks like a new car, as many of these SLR McLarens still do. Serviced last December.

Bottom Line: This car started at a bout half a million dollars when new, but unlike many of its other early 2000s exotic peers, these SLR McLarens still trade hands for under their original cost and values haven’t done much, relatively speaking. This one sold in Scottsdale back in 2016, before the fire, for $396,000. It was discounted reasonably here for the red flag, and for a value-minded buyer who wants one of these to enjoy on long high-speed drives and isn’t as worried about collectability, this wasn’t a bad deal at all. YouTuber Tyler Hoover, who also sold a few cars at Barrett-Jackson this weekend, bought this one.

by Andrew Newton
29 October 2022
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