A replica of Mercedes-Benz, nicknamed “Red Pig” will be sold at auctionDecember 29, 2019
An almost new copy of one of the debut Mercedes-Benz cars, which brought fame to the AMG studio, will be put up for auction at RM Sotheby’s. This is a sedan 300 SEL 6.8, it was also called the “Red Pig” (Rote Sau). The replica was developed by specialists at Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors, and its appearance is similar to the iconic car of 1971.
A copy of the sedan is based on the 300 SEL model 1969 of the production year. Instead of the automatic transmission, the tuners installed a 6-speed manual transmission, and they also got rid of the bumpers, increased the track and lowered the suspension. In the cabin, it is worth noting the appearance of sports seats instead of conventional seats, and the body was strengthened by a special safety cage.
The copy has acquired a 6.3-liter atmospheric power unit V8 M100 with a capacity of 250 horsepower. It is worth noting that the original 300 SEL 6.8 AMG model is not even available in the German brand’s own collection: there was no sample car of the winner of the 1971 daily marathon, and the only one of the 5 cars developed and remaining so far is in the Mobilia Auto Kyla Museum.
The mileage of the copy is only 800 km. The bidding is scheduled for February 5, 2020. The possible value of the lot has not yet been disclosed.
It also became known earlier that in January next year, the Barrett-Jackson auction house will organize tenders where they will sell the 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood, turned into a very unusual hearse with 6 wheels.
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