Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A Mercedes built out of 10,000 pieces of scrap metal
Mercedes-Benz never put the 1954 300 SLR "Uhlenhaut Coupe" into production, and the only two examples ever built are locked in its museum. But a trio of German artists will sell you this: a statue of the 300SLR made from 10,000 pieces of scrap metal.
Armin Ciesielski, Peter Brakel and Walter Willer are known as the "Giants of Steel," making pop-art sculptures of movie characters and vehicles from recycled parts. They worked for seven months on the non-running 300SLR, the latest in a string of vehicles they've modeled including a Porsche GT 550, a Bugatti T35 and a Harley.
If Borg-like sculptures are your thing, the Giants are willing to part with their creation for just $95,000, and unlike Lamborghini, they vow to build more if people ask. Given collectors spend a lot more on vehicles to gawk at and never drive, this isn't such a bad price.