Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s car sold for a fraction below €50k. Having the chance to own a piece of history certainly propelled this Mercedes-Benz 350 SL Convertible to new price heights.
Auctioned by Bonhams this weekend, on the very premises of Mercedes’ Museum in hometown Stuttgart, the silver convertible certainly came with an eccentric resume. Purchased by infamous Romanian head of state Ceausescu back in 1973 for his daughter Zoe, it came with a fully operational Becker short-wave radio, installed by the secret police of the time.
With only 17.500 km on its odometer, the car comes with an auction certificate, issued by the Romanian government and was still wearing its original 1973 tyres at the time of the sale. It was restored to its original state by Mercedes-Benz, recently. Driven for little over 4.000 km by its original dictatorial owner, it has been previously sold in 1999 by the Romanian authorities, together with other memorabilia belonging to the Ceausescu family – for an estimate 5.000 euros.
Now, 17 years later the presidential Mercedes-Benz 350 SL Convertible went under the hammer for no less than €49,450 or $55,720. Its new owner wished to remain anonymous, while all the proceedings will go to a charity specialized in aiding Eastern Europe and West African countries.