June 27, 2022
Posted by Barrett-Jackson
Written by Nicole Ellan James
When you see a Black Series on the road, it’s hard to believe that it rolled off the assembly line the way it did. Yes — it comes from the factory with those huge fender flairs — they aren’t part of a super aggressive body kit. And yes, it does sound like that from the factory without any modifications or tuning. The car is a beast right out of the box.
The Black Series is marked as the most hardcore of any of its cars for Mercedes-Benz. It represents the performance limit, where everything possible is drawn out of that model, and everything that can be achieved with driving technology at that point in time is put on the road.
During the 2022 Las Vegas Auction, a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series will be offered with No Reserve from Jason “Captain America” Britton, a widely recognized sport bike freestyle stunt rider. Sponsored by Monster Energy and Kawasaki, Britton has been the host of two shows on the Speed Channel, worked as a stunt double in various movies and commercials and has appeared in music videos for Nicki Minaj, among others.
The car offered is one of 350 examples produced in total, and one of 175 designated for the U.S. market.
Created towards the end of the SL-Class R230 platform’s production run, the SL65 AMG Black Series shares only its doors and side mirrors with its base car, the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG. All the body panels were replaced with carbon fiber reinforced plastic panels and AMG Performance Studio engineers widened the front of the car by 4.5-inches and 4.1-inches at the rear. The standard car’s hardtop convertible roof was replaced with a fixed carbon fiber roof with an integrated roll bar. After slapping on a massive rear spoiler, the Black Series weighs 550 pounds less than the standard SL65 AMG.
The SL65 AMG Black Series offers more than looks, though. It received bigger turbos, a bigger intercooler, a new exhaust system and a remapped ECU which gave the hand-assembled twin turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine a 10% horsepower increase over the stock SL65 AMG, bumping it up to 670 horsepower. As a result, the Black Series will hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds despite the top speed electronically limited to 199 mph.
This staggering power is sent to the rear wheels by way of a paddle-shifted five-speed automatic transmission complete with manual mode and rev-matching, with a multiple-disc limited-slip differential at the rear with a 40% locking effect.
The AMG Performance Studio experts gave the SL65 AMG Black Series adjustable coilover suspension, slotted and drilled brake rotors and 19-inch and 20-inch forged AMG wheels.
This particular 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is currently wrapped in Matte Green with the original black exterior paint hidden underneath.
The interior of the SL65 AMG Black Series is suitably black with an Alcantara headliner and carbon-fiber interior trim perfect at providing those genuine race car vibes we all love while remaining comfortable enough for daily driving with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, Keyless Go and COMAND with navigation.
The AMG Performance Studio combined the best power and performance available at the time of the cars construction to create something truly beautiful and unique. One lucky bidder will get the chance to tame this limited production Black Series beast with No Reserve during the 2022 Las Vegas Auction for a chance to experience the best Mercedes-Benz had to offer.
For up-to-date information on Lot #754, click HERE.
Posted by Barrett-Jackson
Written by Tom Jensen
“Wait a minute. Wait a minute Doc, are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?” – Marty McFly
In the 1985 hit film, “Back To The Future,” Michael J. Fox aka Marty McFly did indeed pose that very question to Christopher Lloyd, who played the character of Doc Brown in the sci-fi comedy.
In the movie, Doc in fact built a time machine out of a DeLorean. One lucky bidder will get to go home with an incredibly detailed and accurate re-creation of Doc’s masterpiece at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction, which takes place June 30-July 2 in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The DeLorean, which will sell with No Reserve, was built by Dallas-based Bob’s Prop Shop, an NBC-Universal verified vendor who has constructed more than 40 examples of the “Mr. Fusion Time Machine” DeLorean used in the film.
Bob’s Prop Shop re-creations have been featured in numerous museums and theme parks throughout the country, including Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
This “Mr. Fusion Time Machine” began life as a 1981 DeLorean, a California car that was equipped with a mid-mounted 2.85-liter V6 fuel-injected engine and a 5-speed manual transaxle.
As part of the conversion process the fuel injection system was rebuilt and the braking and air conditioning systems were refurbished. Other key upgrades included new gray leather seats, a new headliner and a Custom Autosound Bluetooth stereo system to stream music or make phone calls. Power windows and power locks are included as well.
The builders used the actual “Back To The Future” A-car as a reference point to ensure all of the details on this car mimic the original exactly. That includes the use of aluminum for the rear vents, external mesh rails and other parts.
The cockpit is fully functional, with “Time Circuits” that can be programmed with any dates and time. Working “Plutonium Gauges” feature moving needles and accurate sounds just like in the film.
And, of course, there is the famed Flux Capacitor that was a key component to the film car. The Flux Capacitor can be activated via a demo mode, manually, or by driving the car at 88 mph, a speed at which the GPS will trigger the Time Machine Sequence in real-time.
When engaged, the Flux Capacitor lights up, activates the dates to change on the time circuits, depletes the plutonium gauges to zero and triggers the “Empty” alarm, complete with all the actions and sounds as it happened in the films.
The “Flux Boxes” mounted to each fender and on top of the car were sourced from the original molds used to make the ones found on the movie car.
Other special features include a custom sound system that plays authentic sound effects from the movie, a key fob that plays the “Back To The Future” soundtrack and a fog machine that blows thick smoke out the back vents.
A dedicated battery system will operate all the props, radio, fog machine and lights for many hours without using the car’s main battery.
Bob Prop Shop has serious cred with the Hollywood film industry, as it is endorsed by the creator of “Back to the Future,” Bob Gale, who co-wrote and produced the film, as well as Kevin Pike, the builder of the original movie cars. Endorsement letters from Bob and Kevin are included with the car, and the sun visor has been signed by Christopher Lloyd.
Copies of the endorsement letters, a certificate of authenticity and various replica prop decorations are included. The builder will be on site to explain the functions of the car to the winning bidder.
This is a unique opportunity to purchase an accurate and detailed re-creation of one of the most iconic movie cars of the 1980s. And it will only be sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas.