In 1971, the bright red Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL prepared by AMG specialists came second in the overall standings of the 24 Hours of Spa race. This achievement was the first major success of the young company and brought it to the forefront of world motorsport. Now, exactly 50 years later, Mercedes-AMG has launched a special series of three 50 Years Legend of Spa cars, which includes three generations of two-door GT3 category, available since 2010. The cost of each such “toy” is from 500 to 650 thousand euros.
The 50 Years Legend of Spa series is crowned with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The other two cars are AMG GT racing cars from 2016 and 2020. Each of them exists in one copy, painted in a livery similar to the one that was on the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG (aka Rote Sau, or “Red Pig”), and equipped with an aspirated V8 6.3. Deprived of a restrictor, this unit produces more than 650 horsepower and 635 Nm of torque, and its sound is fully enjoyed by the exhaust system without a silencer.
At the same time, each car turned out to be unique in its own way. For example, for the construction of the new SLS AMG GT3 (discontinued in 2015), Mercedes-AMG used the only body remaining in the warehouse. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT3 50 Years Legend of Spa has an aluminum chassis numbered “100” and the 2020 coupe has a new exhaust tract along with all the racing technology used in long-distance racing cars.
At the same time, all sports cars without exception got a frame painted in graphite “metallic”, a front panel made of visible carbon fiber, commemorative plaques and emblems of a special series, red seat belts and slicks. The most affordable of the trinity is the AMG GT3 2016, which costs 500 thousand euros. The most expensive is the SLS AMG GT3: 650 thousand euros. The 2020 AMG GT3 Coupe costs 575,000 euros.
The trio will make their public debut, accompanied by a replica of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, at 24 Hours of Spa this year.