In the hammer a Greek, super rare Mercedes-AMG SL73, with the engine worn by Zonda

Mercedes-Benz introduced the fourth generation SL (R129) in 1989, to launch the 2-door roadster a year later. In the 13 years it remained in production, more than 210,000 cars left the factory, with the model being one of the first to have an automatic electro-hydraulic roof.

By 2001, when AMG ceased production, it had “affected” only 300 SL-Class cars, with the SL55 AMG, SL60 AMG, SL70 AMG and SL73 AMG versions being really hard to find, but mostly beautiful. Only the SL60 AMG was sold through Mercedes dealerships, with the remaining three versions available for purchase from AMG.

The SL73 AMG is the rarest fast version of the model, as it is believed that 40 to 80 cars came out of the German factory – between 1997 and 2001 (the number varies depending on the source). The specific one you see is from 1999, when the model had already suffered a facelift, and was delivered new to a customer of the company in Greece, having traveled the sole owner of almost 153,000 km. The car will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s, without an estimated selling price.

What makes this car special is its engine, as under the hood of the SL73 AMG is the 7.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, producing 525 hp and 750 Nm of torque, which Horacio Pagani chose to mount for the his first creation, the Zonda. For the Italian company, however, AMG developed the engine and in this case delivers 555 horsepower, while in 2005 the Zonda F produced 602 horsepower and 759 Nm of torque.

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