It looks like one buyer has got a piece of motorsport heritage at a bargain price!
A 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC once owned by 1976 Formula One World Champion James Hunt sold last week with Brightwells for £15,400 (its pre-sale estimate was £12-15,000).
The big, V8-powered coupé had attracted an encouraging amount of interest prior to the auction and was eventually sold to a telephone bidder from Germany.
Hunt wasn’t the only F1 star to enjoy a Mercedes SEC – both Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell owned them, too.
It’s understood this car came Hunt’s way via a benefactor and he hung on to it until 1991, after which it changed hands and registration numbers several times.
The blue-black metallic car with a mushroom leather interior, packed with gadgetry including electric heated seats and an electric sunroof, had been refurbished and just last month sailed through its MoT. It has covered around 142,500 miles.
It was sold with a copy of its original logbook which, of course, bears Hunt’s name, as well as nine MoTs, invoices and a handbook.
We can’t help but feel that when the gavel fell on this 560SEC, its buyer acquired a slice of British racing history at a rather good price…