Mercedes-Benz is ready to celebrate the 60th anniversary of a memorable motor racing success. The company will do so with the release of an extraordinary special model of the SL Roadster, called Mercedes-Benz SL Mille Miglia 417 Edition. As its name shows it pays tribute to the unexpected victory of a 300 SL in the production sports cars class at the 1955 "Mille Miglia". After 11 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds this historical car had completed the race distance of 1597 kilometres on public roads from Brescia to Rome and back.
It was driven by the American private driver John Fitch. His assistance was his co-driver Kurt Gessl. Both have crossed the finish line to great acclaim in fifth place of the overall standings and as the winner of the production sports cars.
As a special edition this car is distinctive. It features red exterior highlights and fine materials throughout its interior. The anniversary model will provide maximum comfort and motor racing spirit that traditionally characterizes every SL. It wears the race number 417 badge as a symbol of motorsport passion.
The car is driven by either the six-cylinder engine which can generate 333 horsepower (245 kW) or the eight-cylinder unit, producing 455 hp (335 kW). As a standard the vehicle gets ESP Curve Dynamic Assist, an adaptive adjustable damping system and Active Body Control (ABC).
The stylish red highlights on the lip on the front spoiler, and the red trim strip on the rear spoiler contrasts with the matte carbon and the magnetite black metallic paint finish. As an option, Mercedes-Benz is offering two designo night black magno and designo cashmere white magno matte paint finishes or the designo diamond white bright shiny paintwork.
In addition, there are also red brake callipers which can be seen through the spokes of the black AMG Performance wheels. The latter have subtle red surrounds and come in diameters of 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear.
Inside, we see AMG Line seats as well as the black centre console with contrasting inlays and red edging. The leather headrests have an embossed carbon structure and an embroidered "SL Mille Miglia" label.
The same red accents can be found on the black door centre panels with red armrests as well as on the steering wheel, which is wrapped in red and black nappa leather with sporty embossed carbon structure. In addition, the trim elements have a matte carbon finish, while the black floor mats come with red edging and an embroidered "1000 Miglia" label.
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL Mille Miglia 417 Edition will be offered in SL 400 and SL 500 variant.