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 |  Mar 21 2012, 8:01 PM


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