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Mercedes will build five SLS AMG GT3 special edition models to celebrate 45 years of Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes has revealed a special-edition, limited-run version of the SLS AMG GT3 customer race car at the Sao Paulo motor show. It celebrates the 45th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG.

Limited to "no more than five models”, the SLS AMG 45th Anniversary will be hand built in Affalterbach, while its 6.3-litre V8 engine will be installed into the car with the help of record DTM champion and AMG brand ambassador, Bernd Schneider. 

Separating the 45th anniversary model from its GT3 counterparts are a number of exterior and interior modifications, including a unique 'designo mango graphite white' paint finish, AMG alloy wheels (finished in a matt graphite) and a "45 years of driving performance" logo on the car’s gullwing doors. A special "1 of 5" logo can also be found on both the seats and centre console. 

With 49 SLS GT3s delivered to customers to date, the gullwing model has already established itself as a hugely successful race car, winning a total of 26 races as a customer car alone.

The 45th Anniversary model is priced at £359,195, an £8000 premium over the standard GT3.

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TegTypeR 11 October 2012

I can just imagine..

........Bernd Schneider operating the engine hoist to drop the engine in place or using a ratchet to tighten up the engine mounts!

Why the Matte colour though?  I know it's fashionable and they are only producing five cars but surely a more classic gloss would not only age better but be more desirable in the long term.