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Well, here’s to hoping this 300 SL replica doesn’t get destroyed by German officials. A German craftsman in Duisberg, Germany has created this exquisite work of art: a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL entirely hand-carved from wood.
According to the eBay auction, the wooden replica sold for about $7,800 and has fully-functional Gullwing doors, intricately-detailed dash, and a set of matching wooden luggage. Apparently the seller also mentioned that the front wheels steer, though we’re not sure if the work-of-art actually rolls around. Real seats were tossed into the wooden replica, making it rather comfy to sit in if you really wanted to.
We can’t even imagine the hours of work that was put into making the replica, especially how detailed the creation is down to the famed Mercedes-Benz emblem. Somehow we think even the German automaker would appreciate this possible copyright infringement.
GALLERY: Wooden Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
A replica of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL has been confiscated and destroyed by German officials after trying to clear customs. Daimler has always had a strong stance against copyright infringement, and this proves just how far the German automaker is willing to go.
“Anyone building, offering or selling replicas of the vehicle is in breach of the Company’s rights. This even applies if the replicas do not incorporate any logos or trademarks of the Company,” said Daimler AG.
The 300 SL is one of Mercedes-Benz’s most legendary models and Daimler AG has a trademark for its body shape. According to Daimler, the body of the 300 SL has been copyright-protected for a number of decades now as a work of applied art.
The destruction process involved two presses that apply over 30 tons of pressure each, and once the fiberglass body was tossed in, it was “smashed into small pieces.”
GALLERY: Mercedes 300 SL Replica