1966 Mercedes-Benz limo with glass roof put up for auctionAugust 24, 2019
The completely transparent roof, which became the highlight of this car, was made by special order of oil magnate Nubar Gyulbenkyan.
Auction house RM Sotheby’s is looking for a new owner for a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 limousine, the development of which at one time was done by the French tuning studio Henri Chapron. As a result, this classic Mercedes-Benz received a completely transparent roof. Oil magnate Nubar Gyulbenkyan asked for such an upgrade. At first, he was going to order a limousine with a glass roof directly from the automaker, but was refused. The guys from Henri Chapron took the idea of oil tycoon to life, having received from the customer a regular sedan. The shocking oil industry worker was not limited to one glass roof. All the same French modernized the rear sofa of the car so that it could be folded into a double bed.
For rear passengers, special holders for tobacco pipes were provided, and between the seats there was a place for a minibar. And in order to make it easier for the oil tycoon to monitor his driver, a speedometer and a fuel level indicator were brought to the second row.
After the death of Gulbenkian in 1972, an unusual Mercedes fell into the hands of a gardener tycoon and stood for almost thirty years in a garage in Portugal. In the early 2000s, several owners changed their cars, while maintaining a beautiful presentation. At least 300,000 euros are going to help out for this “lot”.
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