Auction House Will Sell a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Recreation

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Recreation 8 photos
Photo: Silverstone Auctions
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The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is a vehicle that cemented the brand’s reputation and had an iconic shape.
However, the fact that only nine units were ever made and just six still exist made the original 300 SLR almost priceless. None of them is for sale, and if they were, they would probably set new auction records and then be hidden in temperature-controlled garages for the rest of days.

If the desire of owning a car with the shape of a 300 SLR is too strong and money is no issue, forget about silly replicas and get a recreation. Unlike replicas, a recreation uses as many original components as possible, and traditional build techniques.

Wherever possible, modern technology is employed, but only for enhancing carefully selected components that maintain the original look.

Silverstone Auctions has announced the listing of a 300 SLR Mercedes-Benz, which they will set at auction. The car was completed in 2010 after a two-year recreation process, and it is sold by its original owner. Representatives of the auction house expect this model to fetch between 320,000 and 360,000 euros.

The example you see in the photo gallery was hand-built by Jim Marland, with help from Clive Smart of Shapecraft. The latter is considered one of the best body specialists in the United Kingdom. The XK Engineering company in Midlands did the paintwork, while the engine and four-speed gearbox were carefully rebuilt by Crewe Engines.

Except for a Salisbury-type limited-slip rear differential and the bespoke all-aluminum body, the car only features Mercedes-Benz genuine parts. The interior and dashboard have also been constructed from scratch according to the original, and everything inside has been arranged to maintain the vehicle’s original look.

A peek under the hood reveals an inline-six cylinder engine instead of the supercharged inline-eight unit of the 300 SLR original. The bodywork is not made from the famed Elektron (magnesium alloy) but of aluminum, but the other elements of the vehicle have been precisely recreated.

The car we are writing about is a left-hand drive vehicle, with all duties and VAT paid. It is ready to roam the roads, and UK customers can negotiate separately for a “722 SLR” license plate.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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