A local dealer in Berlin, Germany, has come up with a very interesting offer for motorsport aficionados – a 1998 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG wagon that originally belonged to Formula One icon Michael Schumacher.
This car looks pretty up to snuff, and comes with a plethora of goodies such as voice-operated satellite navigation, a sunroof, or even Designo leather. The new owner will also sleep better at night because the car has a full service history, has clocked 198,000 kilometers (123,000 miles) on the odometer and looks to be in excellent driving condition. Interestingly enough, there are also some Ferrari decals on the center console – we may remember that 1998 was the third consecutive year of Schumacher working magic for the Scuderia. Since the model has a pedigree, there’s an important issue to discuss – price. The asking price is pretty much preposterous – €119,950 ($133,025).
This is about ten times or more than what a regular E55 wagon with the same details and kilometers on the odo would be sold for without the celebrity pedigree. We’re not sure Schumacher’s legendary Formula One status will warrant the price, because collectors usually pay figures like this one for vehicles that were owned by universal stars – let’s say Steve McQueen. Also, while it packs 354 horsepower, the E55 hasn’t yet reached the inherently collectible status. Of course, the dealer might be expecting that lucky hit with a Schumacher collector – after all the dealer can otherwise go down in price because we’re sure it didn’t pay more than the regular market value of the model in the first place.