Orange Mercedes SLR McLaren 722S: Only One in Existence

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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

It’s not like the SLR McLaren 722S is a common thing to begin with, but this special one-off is the rarest of them all.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a truly special car. Born out of the relationship between two legendary automakers, it’s a joint venture that represents a rare occurrence in today’s world. And yet, this speedy grand tourer lasted seven years in production, albeit in scant numbers. Today, you rarely see any SLR McLaren for sale. And never one as rare as this 2009 722S that we found over at the DuPont Registry.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition debuted in 2006 as a tribute to Stirling Moss‘ Mille Miglia-winning #722 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR from 1955. It featured a number of unique touches, including an output of 640 hp and 600 lb-ft, compared to the regular car’s 617 and 575. It also came equipped with lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S

The SLR McLaren 722 featured a stiffer suspension, 10mm lower ride height, and large 15-inch front brakes as well. On the outside, you’ll find a revised front air dam and rear diffuser, as well as tinted headlights and taillights. The interior was treated to lots of alcantara, leather, and carbon fiber. And, of course, plenty of 722 badging to let everyone know you were driving something truly special.

The roadster version of the 722, the 722S, hit dealers three years later. But M-B built only 150 examples of the SLR McLaren roadster worldwide. And when the entire project was cancelled in 2010, McLaren Special Operations decided to built 25 more bespoke examples.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722S

Of that small lot, MSO built only 6 722s examples. Each with a unique body kit, upgraded suspension, less weight, and more downforce. The example you see here is the only one painted orange and black. And it’s also the only one with a series of engine upgrades that add an additional 100 hp.

Even better? The other five bespoke SLR McLaren 722S examples built all reside in Europe. Thus, this is a truly singular car for a number of reasons!

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Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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