As manufacturing becomes ever more automated, it's much easier to appreciate the work of traditional craftsmen, slaving over blocks of wood for hours on end and producing works of art entirely by hand.
It certainly makes us appreciate the work that went into this teak, full-scale 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL replica.
Sure, it doesn't go anywhere, and the wooden tires look uncomfortable, but the vehicle featured on Bring A Trailer
, and picked up by Jalopnik
, has the same neat details as the road-going classic--right down to opening "gull wing" doors. Even the steering works, but we hear the handling is a bit wooden (...sorry).
At only 5,000 euros--around $6,650 at today's exchange rate--it is certainly a lot cheaper than even the most neglected of real SLs. And equally as immobile.
The teak SL has now sold, but if you're quick the company is also selling a full-size 1903 Cadillac replica
, as well as more traditional teak furniture items. We expect that with the necessary green, they'll create a replica of pretty much any car you like--so if you're bored of staring at the water cooler in your office, you know what you have to do.
It's an amazing work of craftsmanship, but after the fate of the fiberglass 300 SL
from a few weeks back, we'd be on the lookout for stern-looking Germans brandishing gasoline and matches...