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Mercedes-Benz Honors 1955 Mille Miglia Win with Special SL-Class

A red-and-black homage to racing heritage.

Sixty years ago, drivers John Fitch and Kurt Gessl piloted a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL to a fifth-place overall win at the famed 1955 Mille Miglia race, finishing ahead of an entire field of purpose-built race cars and sports cars.The 300SL ran with the "417" on its flanks as the race registration number, and just so happened to begin the race at 4:17 in the morning. To commemorate this important anniversary in Mercedes' history, a special edition SL-Class roadster is being offered for modern-day customers. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Special Edition "Mille Miglia 417" adds a healthy dose of visual flair to either an SL400 or SL-Class roadster.

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Mille Miglia receives a red-over-black contrasted color accent treatment, with matte black paint on the roof, and red accents on the front and rear spoiler. Red brake calipers hide behind the black AMG Sport wheels, which feature a matching red line around the edge. On the interior, the steering wheel gains two red sections, and all leather piping and surfaces feature deviated red stitching. Just in case you forget what version of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class you're driving, the headrests feature an emblazoned "SL Mille Miglia" badge.

Prices for this subtle appearance package in Europe begin at the equivalent of $16,860 on top of the purchase price of the 329-hp Mercedes-Benz SL400, and $14,581 for the package of the 455-hp SL500 (sold in the U.S. as the SL550). Right now, there are no confirmed plans for Mercedes to bring the 417 package to the U.S.

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