We'd be lying if we told you that we never fantasized about a generous donor arriving and delivering us one of our dream vehicles. It's not a realistic fantasy, but that doesn't mean it can never come true.

Just such a scenario took place in the real world, as Yahoo! reports that Pittsburgh Steelers cafeteria worker Maurice Matthews received the gift of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500. The gift was given by Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton to Matthews for $20 on the coach's last day of work.

Horton dropped the news on Matthews by asking the food service employee, who would repeatedly ask to take his Benz for a ride, if he could borrow all the money he had. Since the two were reportedly close, Matthews gave Horton his only $20, which became the asking price for the droptop. Not too shabby, especially considering the book value on the 64,000 mile Benz is somewhere around $18k.


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      Daekwan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Always great to read stories like this, where those that are very fortunate in life.. take the time to give something back to those less unfortunate. Its shame more well off people dont do the same.. especially the players in the league who go thru cars like candy. Who cares if the cook can afford the maintenance or not, thats honestly something none of us know.. so why be so negative and even speculate on it. And its a car, not a disease.. so he always had the option of getting rid of it vs. keeping it for life. What we do know is a guy who probably works his azz off in a hot kitchen, is now the owner of a Mercedes that he has simply begging just to ride in. A story like that should make anyone smile a little.
      tritonstrategies
      • 4 Years Ago
      Exactly the kind of coach/person we need on the Cardinals. Welcome Ray and PLEASE make our "D" better.
        tritonstrategies
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        P.S. I'm gonna bet he got a new one with his new contract.
        PSKnapp
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        I second that. I like the fact that the Cardinals should be much improved this year. I love the fact that I like the players and coaches.
      Steve
      • 4 Years Ago
      You are a GREAT guy coach. Congrats to Matthews!!! WOW!!!!
      Svartorn
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice of him. I love that body style. I hope the cook can afford to keep it running!
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Chris
      • 4 Years Ago
      A dream come true for the cook. To bad reality will soon hit him...you have to be rich to keep one of those on the road...maybe the coach will throw in a service contract for an extra 20 spot.
        Rick Stroud Auto Inc
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Chris
        It's a good story, but that thought was my first reaction too, Chris. He' probably be wise to trade it in and get a new vehicle.
          IBx27
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Rick Stroud Auto Inc
          Definitely trade it in ASAP for something that won't cost a month's salary when everything breaks. German cars are sometimes good for their lease period, and after that it's all downhill.
      CR7
      • 4 Years Ago
      The cook overpaid.
      Master Austin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering the age of the vehicle, and being a MBenz, I'm not sure if that's a gift or a curse... Best advice would be, trade it in for anything really...other than a VW will probably be more reliable.
      dukeisduke
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know a retired guy that owns a fairly low mileage R129 SL500, and I've heard his horror stories of the $1000+ repairs to the hydro-pneumatic suspension. Yikes.
      stevenh
      • 4 Years Ago
      unless the cook makes great money, there is no way that he will be able to afford the maintenance let alone costs of parts and labour if something goes wrong and knowing first hand it usually does in a MB and sometimes it does not come cheap. The car is worth around $18 but it is still a $100K car when it comes to fixing it and the costs will reflect that
        ExoPlanet
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        No worries, I hear he is a union cook and already dropping an SLR engine into the car ;)
        Spankie82
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        great comment, buzz killer
      cashsixeight
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dude is definitely trying to get some "special sauce" from the cook.
      Zoom
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if only all the other millionaires would give to "charity" like line cooks we wouldn't need social security and medicare and welfare. Too bad it will convince Joe the Plumber to vote to cut mr. coach's taxes in the hopes that he'll be just as lucky. Still a feel good story.
        Geekengineer
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Errr... what? Why should millionaires be compelled to give to any charity? Take a look at who pays the vast bulk of taxes here in the US - people who have worked very hard to achieve personal wealth. We wouldn't have a population so dependent on welfare if people would get off their butts and work hard in this land of opportunity. Yes, there are always special circumstances, but a lot of folks just don't want to work. If you don't want to work, then fine. Just don't expect me to pay for your slovenly, lazy lifestyle.
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