A near-pristine set of original SLR McLaren wheels is currently for sale, which got us thinking…
We’re always looking out for interesting vehicles that are springing up at auctions, but nowadays we’re focusing on some vehicle parts . What you see here is an utilized set of Mercedes SLR McLaren wheels, which have obtained us thinking. What vehicle would you put these upon? What would be the best, or maybe the most inappropriate, vehicle in order to ride on these tires?
There’s a spat that putting a different vehicle manufacturer’s wheels on your vehicle is a modifying trend that must die out – we are a bit done with seeing Bentley wheels on something similar to a VW van, for example – but an exception could be made for these SLR tires. After all, how often would you see something like this available for sale?
According to the auction list on Collecting Cars , this set of wheels had been removed from an SLR which usually had only covered shipping miles. Besides a couple of small imperfections, they’re near-enough beautiful – as you’d anticipate seeing as they’ve only converted a few times.
The particular bright silver propellor-style tires are a good size from 19 inches (9. five inches wide at the front, eleven. 5 at the rear), plus there are no diamond-cut two-tone fanciness or fussy style elements here. They simply look great. Along with the pointy Formula one -style nose, the particular gullwing doors, the gaping side vents and the lovely tail-lights, they’re definitely a huge part of the SLR’s appeal. The particular SLR was the first vehicle with a McLaren logo since the F1 , and utilized a 606bhp 5. 4-litre supercharged V8 mated to some five-speed auto. Zero-to-60mph had taken under 3. 5 secs, and the SLR could strike 208mph.
With tires getting bigger, there are plenty of contemporary cars that would take 19s. They’d look like base-spec tires on an Audi RS Q8 , which can be had with 23s , but they’d fill the particular arches of a smaller vehicle well. Obviously, they’d match a lot of modern Mercedes , yet remove the centre caps that would look good on a lots of cars. A BMW of some sort maybe, with regard to ultimate German car trolling?
And, since the current bid is just £1600 at the time of writing (plus buyer’s premium, and the cost of brand new 255/35 front/295/35-rear tyres to change the 2005 ones presently fitted), they may not be too far placed safely out of the way by the time the auction finishes. You know, just in case you want to match them on a Corsa. They may be a touch wide, mind.
Or, you could put them on the Mercedes SLR 722, which usually came with very Noughties metals that look like they fit in on a Need For Speed creation. Do that and you would have the world’s first SLR CAMERA sleeper.
Show what you’d put them on within the comments.