Thank you very much. My dad had a taste for "different" cars. He liked special cars, but nothing which was too in your face flashy. He was an understated gentleman type of owner/driver. He had mainly Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and McLaren products. His favorite cars were the Mercedes SLR's. He had 3 of them and was an avid member of the SLR club, rarely ever missing an event. His favorite car to drive was his 2009 SLR 722s that he put almost 30k kilometers on, almost all of which were with the SLR club doing spirited drives across Europe with track days breaking up the drives. I really wanted to keep that car more than any of them, as he truly loved and enjoyed it. I tried for over two years to import it, even with the help of the MB factory, but to no avail, it simply was not possible. Letting that one go recently really hurt. For any of you thinking about "investing" in an SLR (because there are plenty of guys claiming these are great investments) don't let the hyped up asking prices for this car fool you,. You don't get anywhere near the numbers that other SLR collectors claim these things are worth. It sold for exactly half what my father told me it was "worth" after being listed with 3 different world class car brokers, ouch!Welcome. Sorry for your loss. You obviously kept the greatest car, but what other cars were in the collection?
The main issue was getting a replacement gauge cluster. Standard SLR clusters are already very difficult to get, but they only made enough 722 clusters to complete the production run. The story goes McLaren was kind enough to destroy all of the tooling for SLR after some kind of fight with MB, meaning no replacement parts can be made. I was told this is why you can't get replacement parts for SLR of any kind really. Mercedes Benz told me my only option was to wait for another 722 to get totaled, and then hope to be able to buy the cluster out of that car. You can imagine the likelihood of that happening.What was the hold up in bringing the SLR here?
This is located in the garage in Switzerland, so I will request some photos and specs for the lift for you. I asked to have the car documented with photos prior to shipping it last week and these were some of what they took of the car before it was picked up.Welcome!
I WANT THAT LIFT
If you have a photo handy I'd like to see it "up".