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Mercedes 300 SLR recreation headlines auction

Published 20 April 2016

A recreation of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR will headline the Classic Race Aarhus Auction in Denmark next month. The car, which was made famous by Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson’s victory in the Mille Miglia in 1955, will go under the hammer on 28-29 May.

Nine examples of the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR were made and with only six left, the value of each car is almost priceless. This recreation is expected to fetch up to €360,000 (£284,000).

This example is the fifth and final version hand-built by Jim Marland, the original founder of Proteus Sports & Racing Cars. It was constructed over a two-year period and finished in 2010 to the exact dimensions of the original.

The aluminium body was hand-crafted by Clive Smart of Shapecraft, a noted UK car body builder. The paintwork was carried out by Midlands specialist, XK Engineering, and the car is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 280E engine, mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, rebuilt by Crewe Engines.

Built with carefully-selected genuine Mercedes-Benz parts, visually the car is as close to the original as possible. Not only that, the interior is all handmade, with hand painted dials and instruments, again maintaining the highly faithful and original look of the car.

To find out more about the car and Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Classic Race Aarhus, please visit the Silverstone Auctions website.


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