The title of this news article should be 'more money than brains'. My personal feelings are the SLR is the stupidest 'supercar' ever built. The damn thing doesn't even know what it's supposed to be. A sportscar? Too heavy and not with that auto tranny. A luxury car? Not with the crappy ride all the media tests have reported. Even the brakes are terrible on the car, they've been described as working like an on/off switch. The big plastic pieces in the dash are also ridiculous for a car asking $400k. But $2.1MM??? GETOUTOFFREAKINGTOWN! Personal feelings aside, how could anyone value that car at $2.1MM?? It's not a very limited production, they plan on making some 3500 units of the thing. The last unsold McLaren F1 is only asking $1.8MM for crying out loud. Incredible.... http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/25/nyregion/25car.html 2 Doors, 617 Horses, One Easy Payment of $2.1 Million By PATRICK HEALY Published: February 25, 2004 ROSLYN, N.Y., Feb. 24 - The Gold Coast of Long Island needs more opulence the way the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez needs a raise, but early this year, another million-dollar bauble rolled into East Egg. It is the first Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren ever made, a silver coupe that sold for $2.1 million, making it one of the most expensive new cars anyone has ever bought. The anyone, in this case, is Juliana Terian, who runs a luxury car dealership in Roslyn. A shrewd businesswoman who also visits psychics, Ms. Terian said the price was fair for such a trophy. "It was a steal," she said. Steal or not, it made sense in the showroom of Ms. Terian's dealership, Rallye Motors, a North Shore business where the parking lot is filled with B.M.W.'s and personal license plates declare, "N1CE EH." Ms. Terian is still deciding whether to hold it for a while or sell it right away, but for now it is just one more reminder that while booms and busts may come and go, there are places where there is always an appetite for just the right status symbol. In the whirl of Long Island's car culture, this two-door sports car is "totally the apex," Ms. Terian said. So on this sleety, gray Tuesday afternoon, customers rhapsodized about the way the car's doors open vertically, like wings. They discussed its specs: a 617-horsepower engine, a carbon frame, a top speed of 200 miles per hour, red seats. They asked, How much? "This is a piece of sculpture," said Michael Barone, a South Shore Long Islander looking to replace his Oldsmobile with a Mercedes. "Just smell it. I would have to sell my house and all my stocks to buy this." Ms. Terian simply raised a paddle. She was at a charity auction last year when the car went up for bidding. Silently, she watched as bidders drove the price up to around $2 million, and then as it was going, going, Ms. Terian said, she snagged it. She told this story in her office, as well-lacquered salesmen shook customers' hands and patted backs in the showroom outside her door. Ms. Terian once ran her own architecture firm, but took over Rallye Motors after her husband, Peter, died of prostate cancer in October 2002. Tuesday was a busy day. She spent the morning having a cracked tooth replaced; it had broken as she bit into an apple. She needed a new tooth in time for her flight to Los Angeles to attend Vanity Fair's party after the Academy Awards. The dealership sells 300 Mercedes-Benzes each month, and it pursues rare, expensive and limited-edition cars that other dealerships do not get from the factory. While other cars of the limited-edition SLR McLaren model will be offered for sale for a modest $425,000, Ms. Terian said this Mercedes was worth the $2 million because of its singularity. Customers were more interested in the body. "It's like the Batmobile," declared one. Melanie Reeves of Uniondale peered inside the car, examined the gray suede headliner and relayed what she saw to her husband via cellphone. "It's like a house on wheels - a mansion on wheels," she said. "I'd be afraid to drive it." Another customer, Eddie Sazinski, said the car was nice, but no bargain. "Two million dollars?" he asked. "That's ridiculous. I don't have that much money yet.''