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The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the best car-themed attractions in the United States. Located west of downtown Los Angeles this motoring Mecca is a must-see for vehicular enthusiasts.
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
They may be a little too big to fit into your pocket, but that doesn’t make the Pocket Classics any less fun. Nope, they aren’t dinky cars – these mini zoomers are half-scale replicas of classics cars, ones you can actually ride around in… and a little less costly (but only by a little bit).
They are a tad pricey, running about £9,995 each (that’s about $20,000), but when you stack that price tag up to the real thing, it’s a bargain. The Pocket Classics celebrate some of the most-wanted rides in the history of cars, only at half the size. You can reach top speeds of 46 mph, thanks to its 110cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, 6.7 hp engine, in the Jaguar E-Type, Mercedes Benz 300 SL and Porsche Speedster. They fit two adults or children, but at those prices, would you want your kids behind the wheel?
The Pocket Classics aren’t road legal and should only be driven around on private grounds. Each car is custom built with whatever combination of exterior colour (solid or metallic) and interior material you choose, and it takes about three months to make. They come with working lights, horn, indicators, electric start and adjustable seat.
You can buy any of the Pocket Classics from FireBox.