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.