This blast from the past is another gem from the treasure trove of exotic cars that is the Alain Class Motors collection. It’s a 2007 McLaren Mercedes SLR 722 Edition, a limited version of an already rare super car built to celebrate a very significant occasion.
The extremely handsome McLaren Mercedes SLR 722 pays homage to the unforgettable victory achieved in 1955 by the British motor-racing legend Stirling Moss and his co-pilot Dennis Jenkinson at Mille Miglia – the classic Italian endurance race – behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR with start number 722. That number itself signifies the start time of the race which was 7.22 a.m.
Compared with the standard SLR, McLaren Mercedes SLR 722 edition features a unique carbon fiber aero kit, different wheels, optional 722 graphics on the sides – which this particular one doesn’t have, and a revised 5.5 liter supercharged V8 engine with 650 horsepower. It enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds (standard car 3.8 seconds) on to a top speed of 337 km/h (normal SLR 334 km/h).
Other highlights of McLaren Mercedes SLR 722 include a tighter chassis with stiffer spring rates and shock-absorber characteristics and 10mm lower ride height, 19-inch wheels with larger brake discs, and revised ESP system.