image source: spiegel.de
This is the sad, sad sight of a totalled Mercedes 300SL
. The iconic 2-seat coupe - of which only 1400 were built - was being test driven by a German Mercedes mechanic at the time of the crash.
The 26-year-old driver - 'testing' a customer's car and accompanied by a 19-year-old workshop apprentice - lost control of the 300SL on a corner, flipping the sports car and causing 650,000 euros worth of damage
Police spokesman Peter Widenhorn said: "A maximum speed of 80kph (50mph) is recommended through the corner. This was clearly ignored."
As for the iconic coupe's owner?
Amazingly, he remained calm about the incident, saying "that's what insurance is there for..."
Fair play. We're not sure we'd have reacted in quite
the same way.
Mercedes 300SL - why it's so special
World's fastest car
of its time: 161mph
First car with direct fuel injection
Built between: 1954-1963
Engine: 3.0-litre in-line 6 (212bhp)
Cost in 1954: £12,500; Cost now: up to £1,000,000