We’ve reached the 50th anniversary of the legendary Mercedes Red Pig, or Röte Sau. The original Red Pig was a relatively large, hulking race car that achieved second place in the 1971 Spa Francorchamps 24 hours. The Red Pig was based on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3, modified with rollbars and other things to ensure track performance and safety.
Ultimately, the Red Pig was sold to a company that wanted to test fighter jet tires. Why? Because this Mercedes was among the only vehicles heavy enough and fast enough to simulate a jet plane.
Ultimately, 3 racers and two test cars were built by Mercedes. The last original Red Pig can still be seen at the Mobilia Automotive Museum in Finland. Some replicas have also been put together. And now, Mercedes is putting together some brilliant one-off racers to pay homage.
In this case, Mercedes is putting together three GT3’s, including an SLS AMG GT3. These track-oriented cars are plenty fast and the “50 Years Legend of Spa” edition GT3s feature bright red paint jobs that pay homage to the original Red Pig. The red is, in fact, an exact match to the classic Pig. You get the same racing numbers and some sponsor decals too.
Underneath the hood, each of the three cars features an AMG 6.3-liter V-8 that cranks 650 horses. The cheapest model (GT3 2016) is going for $592,000, while the most expensive Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG for sale, the SLS AMG GT3, costs $769,000.