Mechanic Wrecks Super Rare Mercedes-Benz 300 SL During Joyride

The two-seat Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was the first model of the SL-Class grand tourer covertible. It was also the fastest production car of its day in 1954, with it being the first to inject fuel directly into the cylinders.

With its distinctive gull-wing doors and low production numbers, Sports Car International even ranked the 300 SL as the number 5 sports car of all time.

Today, it is known as one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models and sells for up to $1 million.

So what does someone do when they have the opportunity to drive one of these rare beauties? Wreck it, of course!

The other day, a 26-year-old mechanic and his apprentice from the high-profile Mercedes workshop Mechatronics, went on a joyride in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupé that left the vehicle obliterated.

Der Spiegel reported that the car, which is one of only 1,400, was “completely destroyed.” Estimated damages have totaled around $830,000. Fortunately, for the garage and the owner, their insurance covers such incidents. When the owner was informed of the accident, he surprisingly remained calm.

According to police, they were traveling at 55 mph when the car swerved off the road and rolled over.