The New Mercedes SLR: The Madness Begins
November 23, 2003 5:33 PM   Subscribe

Hello, My Name Is Mike And I Have A Dream! How very unusual! Who the hell would want a thing like that? Talk to me about it, Mike...[In other news, PayPal dream projects get way out of hand. Flash or Quicktime required for all links except the last, which is a road test.]
posted by MiguelCardoso (15 comments total)
Well, nothing succeeds like excess.
posted by at 5:42 PM on November 23, 2003

That car is so in demand that they wouldn't even give one to David Coulthard, Formula 1 driver for West McLaren Mercedes. He has to wait in queue to get it, and he has to pay for it.
posted by riffola at 5:42 PM on November 23, 2003

Wait, this guy's going to get that car, and then put people's names on it?

He doesn't deserve it.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 5:53 PM on November 23, 2003

Wouldn't it kind of take away from the car's beauty to have tens-of-thousands of NAMES WRITTEN ON IT?

Maybe, with a €171.71 group contribution (one hundredth-euro per member), all of MetaFilter could get credited on the car.

On preview, what Cranky said.
posted by wendell at 5:56 PM on November 23, 2003

Forget donating to Mike. I think I'll start a paypal dream site to hire a hitman to knock off Mike and steal his car, should his SLR dreams ever become a reality. Nice link to that review, Miguel, I had to wipe drool off my keyboard a few times.

Also, what Cranky and Wendell said. This car should never, ever be adorned with a Wheaties logo.
posted by Happydaz at 6:10 PM on November 23, 2003

That's it? a car? I immediately thought of this paragraph...

Things had certainly come down a long way since the great days of Faust and Mephistopheles, when a man could gain all the knowledge of the universe, achieve all the ambitions of his mind and all the pleasures of the flesh for the price of his soul. Now it was a few record royalties, a few pieces of trendy furniture, a trinket to stick on your bathroom wall and, whap, your head comes off.
-- Douglas Adams, "The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul"

(not that begging for donations is the same as selling your soul, but what if someone is willing
to donate the whole amount, but they want you to do something really odious to get it?)

Anyway, good luck with it.
posted by milovoo at 6:19 PM on November 23, 2003

That car looks like a penis.
posted by ColdChef at 6:25 PM on November 23, 2003

posted by elphTeq at 6:30 PM on November 23, 2003

So which is the more pornographic site: StileProject or SLRProject?
posted by wendell at 6:34 PM on November 23, 2003

I'm sending "Mike" a bill via PayPal for $10,000.
Because I want it.
(He can't argue that logic!)
posted by Tubes at 7:17 PM on November 23, 2003

before i saw the car (and gee, can we say mid life crisis?) i thought he wanted a camera...
posted by s.carrier at 9:09 PM on November 23, 2003

Heh, s.carrier. What a pity we'll never read NortonDC commenting here:

We have SLRs.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:18 PM on November 23, 2003

I guess I just didn't realize until just now that you could even find a new car that cost $442,462.53 (American at the current exchange rate of 1.18).

I'm such a provincial rube.
posted by Irontom at 2:58 AM on November 24, 2003

Irontom, you are really provincial, as there are a number of even more expensive autos these days. Plus, from other articles I've read, ain't no one in the USA getting an SLR for $450K--the dealer markup has them going for over $700k. Still, if all of a sudden I came into, say, US$100M, I would get one and donate an equal amount to a set of transportation-oriented charities.
posted by billsaysthis at 2:25 PM on November 24, 2003

Hi, I'm Mike and I'd really like to drive some traffic to my pathetic request for money website so I can get a car that compensates for my incredibly small penis.
Please donate alot and I'll try not to flip you off when I pass you.
Thanks Metafilter, for helping to get the word out!
posted by fenriq at 3:20 PM on November 24, 2003

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