Mercedes-Benz Classic destroyed the replica body of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, seized by the German customs officials.

The body shape of the well known model has been trademarked by Daimler AG, which has long taken a tough approach to vehicle replicas. Anyone who builds, offers or sells replicas of the car is in breach of the Company’s rights, this applying also to replicas which don’t incorporate any logos or trademarks of the company.

A company based in Germany has built an unlawful replica of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Daimler immediately destroyed the replica, first removing the chassis from the body, then destroying the body on behalf of Daimler AG. The certified equipment used in the centre includes two presses, each applying over 30 tones of pressure. The body of the replica was made of fiberglass and weighted exactly 148 kg, all smashed by the compressor into small pieces. This dramatic end to the unlawful body was officially documented with a signed and stamped ‘confirmation of scrappage’.

The 300 SL has been under copyright protection for a number of decades. The employees who designed the famous model in the 1950s granted Daimler AG comprehensive exploitation rights.


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