It's not everyday that the opportunity arises to buy a car that is truly one of a kind, and it's even rarer for that car to have once held the title of fastest in the world. However, that is exactly the claim with this 1995 Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000 that is up for auction on eBay Motors.

As the story goes, the C1000 was originally built at the behest of an oil tycoon in the United Arab Emirates in 1990 at a cost of $3.4 million. It took five years for Mercedes-specialist tuners Lotec to develop and deliver the car, but when it did, it laid claim to the pinnacle of supercars at the time. The supercar started with a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque with an integrated safety cell and covered it all in carbon fiber body panels. In the middle, Lotec placed a 5.6-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes V8 – with a claimed 1,000 horsepower – mated to a Hewland five-speed manual transmission with a three-disc dry clutch to get that power to the road. Top speed of the 3,263-pound coupe was claimed at 268 miles per hour, although it's unclear whether anyone ever actually reached anywhere near that figure. Either way, acceleration to 60 mph is stated at a believable 3.2 seconds.

The interior consists of two red leather racing seats with three-point harnesses. While the cabin is certainly sparse, it offers some comforts including air conditioning, adjustable pedals and an adjustable steering column. The odometer shows just 1,601 miles on the car.

As a one-of-one car, the C1000 has been pretty easy to keep track of. It was for sale on eBay Motors for $350,000 when we last saw it in 2006, and we've even located a 2011 video of the car running and driving on YouTube (check it out by scrolling below). Currently, the top bid on the auction is $80,100 with the reserve not met and two days to go. Good luck getting it registered for the road, but hey – if you can afford the car, we're guessing you can afford to rent a track, too.


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      postpast
      • 10 Months Ago
      Beautiful, I'm surprised it isn't worth big money.
        Cameron Channell
        • 10 Months Ago
        @postpast
        It's a one-off oddball. It doesn't have any notable history, nobody really knows anything about it, so there's not a market. It might as well be some kit car. Interesting, but it will never be worth big money.
      Mike Fernandez
      • 10 Months Ago
      Very interesting car. Front is pretty ugle but the rest isn't too bad. Aero looks nice and slippery so I would imagine it could at least do 200 mph safely.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 10 Months Ago
      With a name like Lo Tec, it's got to be good!
      karlInSanDiego
      • 10 Months Ago
      What's with the Auction talking about 740i V8? Is that just them showing their hand about how the last owner improperly registered it? This car wreaks of misinformation and bad karma. At the very least, seller should have spent 2k freshening the interior with some dark vinyl/alcantera/leather.... something to get rid of that red distraction that is a dash and A pillar jailcell. Maybe take a few moments to I don't know, rub down the suspension parts. Just looks like $3.4 million spent like it was on a $12k Hyundai.
      jonnybimmer
      • 10 Months Ago
      The love child of a Pagani Zonda and a Ford Indigo
      spanner76
      • 10 Months Ago
      A good concept but visually a poor execution.. the front half looks somewhat ok but the back end with that god awful blended spoiler wing thing is just horrendous. If I was that rich Arab I would've just bought a McLaren F1. At least the McLaren would have gone up in value and maintained it desirability. Im sure he just wants to forget he ever owned this slap together eye sore.. I know I would.
      Cameron Channell
      • 10 Months Ago
      The price certainly has fallen a long way. Just goes to show that rare doesn't always mean desirable. This is what happens when a person specs a custom car; they're the only one that would want it.
      d.hollywood
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not bad. Still...for 3+ million, you'd think the interior & "creature comforts" would be there. Visibility & ergonomics would appear to take a beating with this puppy too.
      svntsvn
      • 10 Months Ago
      Autoblog: Your welcome for the tip
      Shiftright
      • 10 Months Ago
      The only attractive aspect of this car are the distinctive Alfa Romeo 164 tail lights
      karlInSanDiego
      • 10 Months Ago
      video says 2380 lbs., so substantially different than 3263.
      DAVID R
      • 10 Months Ago
      REALLY DID YOU HAVE TO PLAY cheesy 90's music too lol
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