2009 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling MossEnlarge Photo
Some folks have expressed shock at the SLR's edgy design, but if anything, the lines seems cozily nostalgic to me. (In fact, it bears a number of striking similarities to a certain 1955 SLR.) Whatever your personal take, though, there's no denying that this car is a beaut.
Obviously the most striking element of the design is the absence of any sort of roof or windshield. Clearly the designers understand that less is frequently more--in this case, more style, more distinction, and, for better or worse, more bugs in your teeth when you punch the 650-hp engine and hit 60 mph in about 3 seconds. And weather-phobes, worry not: The car comes with a couple of tonneau covers stashed in the boot. In fact, according to the press release, "When both tonneau covers and the doors are closed the SLR Stirling Moss resembles a sculpture." Sweet.
Alas, like most art, the SLR comes with a price tag: namely, €750,000, or just over $1 million US (as of 7:30 this morning, anyway). But even at that too-rich-for-my-blood price, there will probably be no shortage of car fans jostling for one of the 75 models to be produced. More pictures live over on our 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren page, and we'll have live shots from the 2009 Detroit auto show when it rolls out next to the newest edition of the E-Class sedan.
Oh, to be a hedge fund manager... -- Richard Read