Stylised roadster celebrates 1955 Mille Miglia class win, but only 500 examples will be made
16 February 2015

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new limited-edition version of the seventh-generation SL, which will make its public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

Conceived to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz’s class win at the 1955 Mille Miglia road race in Italy, the new two-seat roadster adopts the start number 417, worn by the factory prepared SL piloted by US driver John Fitch at the time, in its name: 417 Mille Miglia.

The new SL comes as standard with a magnetite black metallic paint scheme, although buyers can choose between three optional colours: night black magna, cashmere white magna matt and diamond white.

Each car receives a series of stylistic changes including red accents on the front and rear bumpers, red brake calipers and red surrounds on the standard 19in front and 20in rear alloy wheels. Inside, there are a new red and matt carbonfibre-look trims, red and black leather seats, trims and steering wheel as well as 417 Mille Miglia insignias embroidered in the headrests.

The 417 Mille Miglia will be sold in SL400 and SL500 guises. The former runs a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 developing 328bhp while the latter uses a twin-turbocharged 4.6-litre V8 with 449bhp. Both come as standard with adaptive damping, with Mercedes-Benz’s patented Active Body Control system available as an option.

The SL 417 Mille Miglia will be sold in a limited volume of 500 models worldwide.

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16 February 2015
Moss's race number was 722

16 February 2015
flingstam wrote:

Moss's race number was 722

I've just found out the answer. John Fitch's number was 417, so this Special Edition is to commemorate the American driver's involvement. Nothing to do with Sir Stirling, then.

16 February 2015
Incredibly bad journalism.

16 February 2015
Auto Express also made the exact same reference to Moss's victory, despite the Daimler press release specifically explaining that it was Fitch & Gessl's number, and making no mention of Moss at all.

16 February 2015
Yep, it is to commemorate the 300SL gullwing driven to a class win & 5th overall by Fitch.

16 February 2015

Apologies chaps. Failed to get our collective brains into the right gear. Story now corrected. MB

16 February 2015
I'll have mine in funereal black, to signify the very thorough death of Mercedes as a maker of slightly understated, well proportioned, elegantly handsome cars. Now they are nearly all overwrought and vulgar. No wait, for the price of one of these I could have a very nice Pagoda and a W111 coupé!

16 February 2015
Arrestably vulgar. Red rims - dear o dear.

16 February 2015
the SL is possibly one of the very worst facelifts of any car. It has absolutely nothing nice about it. The original pre-ruined shape was much better wrought.

Both this and the SLK just look plain stupid

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