The last production batch of Mercedes-Benz and McLaren SLRs will be Stirling Moss Editions which are scheduled for final roll-out before 2010.

The love story that began in 2004 between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren comes to an end this year. These legendary companies set out to produce a memorable supercar and the result was the SLR (sport, light and racing). It came in two coupé, two roadster and one Stirling Moss version, which is the last one scheduled for production. Of the 2,000 SLRs built, only 75 would ultimately be badged Stirling Moss, thus making more selective what was already a highly unattainable car.

The SLR has a 5.5-litre V8 supercharged making 460kW (626hp) in the Coupé and Roadster models as well as 478kW (650hp) in the 722 Edition and Stirling Moss versions. The latter has a 0 - 100km/h time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 350km/h. At such a speed helmets may be recommended since, as a true speedster it has neither roof, windscreen or side windows to speak of.

Moss himself piloted Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing cars to a succession of victories in the 1950s. He was not the only one; Juan Manuel Fangio, later became Formula One World Champion five times, posted victories in the cars too.

That the SLR ceases production will not stop members of the SLR. CLUB (anyone who owns one) from getting together regularly. The club is to continue organising events such as drives on famous racing circuits and participation in the Mille Miglia.


Gallery: Mercedes builds last batch of SLRs - Stirling Moss editions