Auction-piece Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a True Luxury Supercar

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Draped in an Iridium Silver housing and Exclusive Red interior, the 2011 SLS AMG a fine successor to the legendary 300 SL Gullwing.

Mercedes-Benz had plenty of things to shake off its soul following the end of World War II: dust, rubble, the fact they supplied the top Nazi brass with luxury. What better way to finally leave its darkest period behind than introducing the 300 SL Gullwing coupe to the general public in 1954, and at the New York Auto Show, no less. Based on the W194 race car, the 300 SL was MB’s first commercial success, and would become a future motoring icon.

In the New Tens of the 21st century, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG took up where the 300 SL left off, while also having the honor of being Mercedes-AMG’s first car designed in-house after MB bought AMG in total in 2005. RM Sotheby’s knows what they have, as the auction house has a 2011 model available for private sale.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

At the time of its introduction, the hand-assembled SLS AMG was powered by AMG’s 6.3-liter M159 DOHC V8, linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The base engine, like the one found in this SLS, had 563 horses and 479 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to push this Iridium Silver beauty from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and to an electronically limited top speed of 197 mph.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Inside past the gullwing doors, this SLS AMG is draped in Exclusive Red and black leather interior, a much warmer place to call home compared to the carbon fiber trimmings in today’s Mercedes-AMGs. Judging by the condition of the interior, though, this SLS AMG hasn’t been out much.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

As it turns out, this SLS AMG has only traveled some 4,400 miles since its delivery to the United States on July 6, 2010. It even has its original set of owner’s manuals in its leather folio. Once sold new for $250,000 (around $283,000 in 2018 dollars), you can have this “true luxury supercar in every sense of the word” for $195,000 today. Whoever buys this SLS AMG should give it the exercise it deserves.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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