How do you pay tribute to a race automobile as legendary because the “Purple Pig”? With a trio of track-only velocity machines, apparently.
That appears to be strategy Mercedes-AMG is taking no less than. The German automaker’s efficiency division has simply unveiled three one-off GT3 particular editions in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the crimson cruiser’s biggest achievement.
Method again earlier than Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach (AMG) turned an official a part of Mercedes, it was a small engine tuning outfit run by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. The store shortly earned respect upon its opening in 1967, however it wasn’t till 1971, when one among its vehicles gained its class and positioned second total on the 24 Hours of Spa, that AMG’s profile actually ascended. That automobile was none apart from the “Purple Pig,” a Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG. From that time on, AMG wasn’t simply promoting efficiency components and add-ons; it was promoting full builds as effectively.
To have fun this achievement, Mercedes-AMG have simply introduced three one-of-a-kind “50 Years Legend of Spa” version GT3s. The cream of the crop is the SLS AMG GT3, which was constructed utilizing the one remaining bodyshell from the gull-winged grand tourer’s four-year manufacturing run. That’s adopted by a 2016 mannequin yr GT3 and a 2020 GT3 constructed on chassis no. 100.
Whereas the vehicles themselves are barely completely different from each other, their exterior colorway and inside trim packages are similar. Which means every car is completed within the actual pink because the “Purple Pig” and showcases all the identical racing numbers and sponsor decals. Crack open the doorways and also you’ll discover all the things finished up in matte Graphite Metallic, a carbon instrument panel and a particular plaque with Aufrecht’s signature that denotes every car’s distinctive nature. Every automobile can also be powered by an AMG 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 650 horses. The mill doesn’t have an air restrictor, although, so that you’ll solely have the ability to drive these vehicles on the observe.
The GT3 has by no means come low cost, however that’s very true of those particular one-of-a-kind fashions. The SLS AMG GT3 will price roughly $769,000, the 2020 GT3 $681,000 and the 2016 GT3 $592,000. When you’re in search of one thing rather less costly, Arthur Bechtel Basic Motors’s duplicate of the “Purple Pig” runs $400,000.