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”.
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).