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A Roué’s Ride

1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet previously owned by the “right wing nut” Alan Clark for sale; he famously bedded a judge’s wife and both of her daughters

 

After failing to sell at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida sale on April Fool’s Day, a right-hand drive 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet owned for eleven years by quite possibly the most politically incorrect politician ever, Alan Clark, is now again available and “open to offers”.

 

A Roué’s Ride – 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet once owned by the late Conservative politician The Rt. Hon. Alan Clark, PC MP – For sale with Auctions America – Failed to sell at auction on 1st April 2017 in Fort Lauderdale on estimate of £140,000 to £180,000 ($175,000 to $225,000, €164,000 to €211,000 or درهم643,000 to درهم826,000)
The Rt. Hon. Alan Clark, PC MP (1928 – 1999) and his “long suffering” wife Jane

 

Controversial Clark – a roué known for dismissing Lord Heseltine as “someone who had to buy his own furniture” and for bedding a judge’s wife and both of her daughters (he indiscreetly termed them his ‘coven’) – adored tinkering with cars more than anything else and once remarked: “BMW have a high opinion of themselves, not shared by me I must say. I prefer Mercedes for strength and Lexus for sophistication”.

 

Built by hand and featuring a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with a four-speed manual transmission, the black with red leather interior 300SE on offer was originally delivered new to Sierra Leone and after a period in the UK in Clark’s ownership was exported again to the USA. It has been “correctly restored” and is now described as “quite possibly the best example that is available”.

 

Mr Clark, a passionate supporter of animal rights activism and someone who once suggested “Nazism to be the ideal system”, also collected everything from Citroën 2CVs to 1950s Bentleys. What remains of his collection can occasionally be viewed at his widow’s residence, Saltwood Castle at Hythe in Kent.

 

Parties interested in the Mercedes-Benz can contact Auctions America on +1 (260) 927 9797 to make an offer. The car’s estimate at auction was £140,000 to £180,000 ($175,000 to $225,000, €164,000 to €211,000 or درهم643,000 to درهم826,000) and prior to that it was offered by Palm Beach Classics for £197,000 ($245,000, €230,000 or درهم900,000).

 

A Roué’s Ride – 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet once owned by the late Conservative politician The Rt. Hon. Alan Clark, PC MP – For sale with Auctions America – Failed to sell at auction on 1st April 2017 in Fort Lauderdale on estimate of £140,000 to £180,000 ($175,000 to $225,000, €164,000 to €211,000 or درهم643,000 to درهم826,000) A Roué’s Ride – 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet once owned by the late Conservative politician The Rt. Hon. Alan Clark, PC MP – For sale with Auctions America – Failed to sell at auction on 1st April 2017 in Fort Lauderdale on estimate of £140,000 to £180,000 ($175,000 to $225,000, €164,000 to €211,000 or درهم643,000 to درهم826,000)A Roué’s Ride – 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE cabriolet once owned by the late Conservative politician The Rt. Hon. Alan Clark, PC MP – For sale with Auctions America – Failed to sell at auction on 1st April 2017 in Fort Lauderdale on estimate of £140,000 to £180,000 ($175,000 to $225,000, €164,000 to €211,000 or درهم643,000 to درهم826,000)

Comments

4 comments on “A Roué’s Ride”

  1. If Hitler had been alive in 1965 he would have been driving around in one of these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ridiculous price for an old rust bucket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give me a new Lamborghini any day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or a Hummer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You won’t be making anything great again driving around in this poop mobile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Poor Alan Clark….a terrible old drunk.
    Alan’s dearest wish was to have been descended from an ancient and aristocratic line rather than lowland Scot trade’
    Or, as Hattersley wittily put it ‘culture out of cotton’

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