This is the automotive equivalent of the double-rainbow

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When it comes to rarities, the automotive world is – quite ironically – full of them, the problem being they’re kept safe in a few people’s garages and only get to see the light of day every once in a full moon.

This reader, though, managed to capture a few images of quite an impressive Mercedes-Benz cars convoy. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss needs no introduction, being one of the most easily recognisable cars in the automotive world due to the fact it lacks one major component: a windshield.

The convoy in question had three of them. When Mercedes-Benz decided to build the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss, the production ended after the 75th car left the assembly lane. Seeing three of them in one place equals to having 4% of all the SLR McLaren Stirling Mosses ever made in front of you at the same time. 4% may not sound that dramatic, but think about it: how many times have you been looking at 4% of the cars of any particular model? Yeah, probably never.

The Stirling Moss has a supercharged 5.5 liter V8 engine making 650 hp and had a 3.5 seconds 0-100 km/h acceleration time. The top speed was quoted at about 355 km/h, but due to the absence of the windshield, a helmet was highly recommended.

The car was built to commemorate one of the great moments in the automotive industry which was the legendary Stirling Moss triumph at the Mille Miglia in 1955 at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz. The famously dangerous street course was completed by the British pilot with an average speed of nearly 160 km/h – quite impressive considering we all know how tight Italian roads are.

Alongside the three SLR McLaren Stirling Mosses was another automotive less than omnipresent model: a SLR Roadster 722 S. To even begin thinking about how expensive these four cars are is a bit dangerous and prone to giving headaches, so let’s not give any carjackers any ideas.


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