Ye’s net worth, aka Kanye West, nosedived after several companies including Adidas terminated his contract but the controversial rapper is still doing pretty well.
He’s still worth nine figures, and he spent some of that cash on one of the most unique and rarest Mercedes ever made.
Kanye West has reportedly owned both a McLaren-Mercedes SLR and a McLaren-Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss.
A few years ago, he was actually photographed arriving at the Cannes Film Festival at the wheel of his SLR Stirling Moss.
The SLR is a super rare to begin with, and super expensive.
And the Stirling Moss is even more of a unicorn.
The Mercedes SLR was first unveiled as a concept car at the 1999 NAIAS, the Detroit Motor Show, as the spiritual successor to the 300 SLR.
Four years later, having teamed up with McLaren for the project, the production model was unveiled.
Visually, it was a different animal when compared to other equivalent supercars of the era.
For starters, it had a very long hood and massive butterfly doors.
And the engine was pretty meaty, too.
The ‘base’ model is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8, delivering 617 horsepower.
Meanwhile, the Stirling Moss is even more powerful, putting out 641 horsepower.
It does 0 to 97 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 3 seconds and has a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
Without a roof, or a windshield – imagine that.
As the name suggests, the Stirling Moss was designed as a tribute to Sir Stirling Moss, one of the most iconic and successful British racing drivers of all time, but also as a swan song to celebrate the McLaren-Mercedes partnership.
This probably explains why they made it so crazy.
The SLR Stirling Moss is a roofless, windowless speedster with no windshield.
It is as extreme as a road-legal supercar can get.
And it also turned out to be a great investment for Kanye and other celebrities who bought one.
Back when it was new, the SLR Stirling Moss had a starting price of around $1 million.
However, these days, you’d be hard-pressed to find one under $3.3 million, which is the car’s current market value.