This one isn't going to be for the faint of heart. A mechanic recently destroyed a Mercedes-Benz 300SL during a test drive near Pleidelsheim in Baden-Wütterburg, Germany. The owner brought the car to Mechatronics, a shop specializing in high-end and vintage Mercedes-Benz vehicles, for some work. After the job was done, a 26-year-old technician hopped behind the wheel and brought a 19-year-old apprentice with him for the ride. As you can see, the car did come back in one piece, but that piece didn't quite look like it used to. Police say – surprise! – speed was a factor when the vintage Gullwing left the road and rolled. Neither the driver nor the passenger were seriously injured.

All told, the damage is estimated 650,000 euros, or $830,000 at current conversion rates. Both the car and the garage are sufficiently insured to cover the damages, and Spiegel Online says the owner took the news about his destroyed classic in stride. At this point, it's unclear whether their driver will pay to have this particular car repaired.


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      GRK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cameron: What'd I do? Ferris: You killed the car.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GRK
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      spinftwin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very unsettling to hear that even \"high-end specialist mechanics\" allow their employees to joyride in other people\'s cars. I\'m guessing this will put the shop out of business. Whoever this 26-year-old is should have to scrub toilets to pay off the value of the car he wrecked, and never get another job anywhere near cars...
        graphikzking
        • 1 Year Ago
        @spinftwin
        I dropped my 1 car off 3 times to the dealer because under heavy acceleration it would sputter etc. Well I finally took it to a "specialist" and he pushed the car and before I even got home he called me and said he had it fixed. I didn't believe him but it was fixed and 2 years later no issues. Sometimes these places NEED to push the car. Not saying that is the case here and it should always be done safely either on private roads or empty roads. We don't know for certain the specifics and may never. all we can all do is assume!
          D E S I G N
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          sometimes an Italian tune up job is all you'd need, but it has to be done right. These are rear wheel drive cars that require men of steel to handle properly.
      ycplum
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course teh owner took it in stride. He wanted no evidence that he was vengeful when the mechanic shows up with every bone in his body broken.
      Reid
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a stupid dick.
      Riley C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even the car looks sad... Poor thing.
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a bunch of effing morons. Those who gave these idiots access to the precious car were not very wise either.
      CLARK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet a lot of Mercedes fans are crying crocodile tears over this. It is such a rare model with an unbelievable racing history in many different types of events (including the baja 1000). They were going for "peanuts" in the early 60's when I was in high school and I worked 2 summers for a guy who had one. I drooled all over it on many occasions but, sadly for me, by the time I came back from Nam, the prices had climbed considerably and I never got one. I bought a couple of new '68 Shelby's instead (GT-500 and a GT500KR) and, later, a couple of Porsches but have always had a love affair with the Gullwing. In the world of rare autos, this is a real tragedy.
        interruptive_cow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CLARK
        Crocodile tears are fake tears. I'm betting MB fans are actually crying very real tears.
        jag763
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CLARK
        Must have been the best 10G's you ever spent. Thanks for your service.
        John Switzer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CLARK
        HA! Had a chance to drive two these wonderful cars in the early 60s when they were still just 'used cars'. Both were around $4800! Terrible choice --- finish college or buy a 'gullwing'!
      rjggoldstandard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd say it was thoroughly tested.
      Dethklok
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rest in Peace Sweet German Winged Prince may you be with the great Plymouth so the skies
      crshcrstr
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first glance I thought we were talking an sls amg (the newish one). When I realized what I was looking at, my heart sank... None the less, if it rolled and still looks this good, wow. Kudos to those engineers.
      sixspeedsquirrel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't imagine the horrible feeling right after the car comes to a halt. I hope I never wreck someone else's car. Not to mention a Mercedes. Not to mention THIS Mercedes.
      ravingricefarmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      test drive? i see no fault. thats what insurance is for. but this seems like a joy ride and not a test drive, unless that car had some ecu with drive cycle requiring you to go over 50 mph... that kid needs some serious as s slapping
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ravingricefarmer
        Just because it doesnt need to go through a drive cycle. It doesny mean it shouldnt be driven over 50mph. All cars need to be driven as fast as the owner would normally drive.( With in reason cause some car owners are idiots) It doesn't look good when a car comes back because there is an issue at highway speeds. Of course it doesnt look good when a car comes back smashed up either.
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