Owner of rare Mercedes-Benz Gullwing is offering a handsome ransom fee after car’s recent theft
The victim of a car robbery in Germany has offered €250,000 for the safe return of his unique 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.
Earlier this month, the vehicle was taken while parked in front of the Dorint Hotel at the Nürburgring. An online campaign was subsequently launched to help find the car, and the owner has now reached out directly to the criminal in a plea to get his Gullwing back. He says: ‘Dear car thief, please give me my car back. I’ll pay you €250,000 in cash!’
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The former owner of the car, who also ran an ostrich farm, had the model made to his own tastes. These included a chopped roof, side pipes, yellow auxiliary headlamps in the grill, integrated into bumpers, and a brown ostrich leather interior.
It was subsequently sold on, and ended up in the hands of Thomas Rosier, a vintage dealer from Oldenburg. Rosier is ruing leaving the vehicle in an unguarded car park while at the ’Ring because there was no room in a garage. His mistake is estimated to be worth about €1.7 million.
‘That would be a shame,’ he told Auto Bild, a German car magazine. ‘The car is of immense emotional value.’
An e-mail address – Theft300SL@Classic-sterne.de – has been set up for the criminal to make contact through, and the local police in Mayen have asked for information via their phone number (02651-801-0) and website.
Photos supplied by Remi Dargegen.