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The New, Exquisitely Rare Mercedes-Benz


Chances are you'll never get to own the SLS AMG GT3 45th Anniversary Edition car, even if the $575,707 price tag doesn't make you blink. That's because Mercedes-Benz is making only five of them, each one assembled by hand, with the 6.3-liter V8 engine built by none other than German racing legend Bernd Schneider (not to be confused with the soccer legend of the same name).

Naturally, the car is drool-worthy. Consider its gull-wing doors and gray, semi-matte paint job, featuring a custom hue called designo magno graphite that has graced only one other car (the Mercedes SL 65 AMG).

Not exclusive enough for you? Don't worry, each one will be stamped on the seat with a special "1 of 5" logo, just in case your friends don't get the message that you own a truly unique automobile. It's also extremely fast (top speed is 186 mph), which would explain the built-in steel roll cage and six-point seat belts—luxuries that should comfort you and any terrified passengers as you spin out on the Autobahn.

As for extras, expect little more than a scented air freshener. You'll need to pick up your car in Affalterbach, Germany, where you will take a tour of the factory and receive lessons on how to drive your new half-million-dollar investment from the man who built your engine (Bernie again).

Fancy as this car may be, there is still one other Mercedes-Benz owner who can claim a rarer model: the person who bought one of the last three 1937 540K Special Roadsters at an auction in Monterrey, California, last year for $9.68 million—the most ever paid for a Mercedes-Benz.

—Keith Wagstaff is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Follow him @kwagstaff.

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