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Build your own gull wing..

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Post by Chai » Mon 27 May, 2013 9:44 pm

It'll be even more rare when MB Stuttgart find out about this unauthorised car. The body (but not the chassis) is copyrighted.
The Classic Center publicised the destruction of a fibreglass replica around May 2012. This is their media article.

Unlawful replica of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL destroyed
Stuttgart
Mercedes-Benz Classic has destroyed the replica body of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The courts have ruled that it is not legal to market the body, which was seized by German customs officials.
The body shape of the legendary gullwing model has been trademarked by Daimler AG. Anyone building, offering or selling replicas of the vehicle is in breach of the Company’s rights. This even applies if the replicas do not incorporate any logos or trademarks of the Company. Daimler AG has long taken a tough approach to vehicle replicas.
As a work of applied art, the body of the 300 SL has been under copyright protection for a number of decades. The employees who designed the famous gullwing model in the 1950s granted Daimler AG comprehensive exploitation rights. The body shape has also been trademarked by Daimler AG, as recently confirmed by the Stuttgart regional court (case no. 17 O 304/10, final and binding judgment dated 9 December 2010, following withdrawal of an appeal).
A case had arisen in which a company based in Germany had built an unlawful replica of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198 series). The first step in destroying the replica was to separate the chassis from the body. The Mercedes-Benz used-parts centre, which is also responsible for scrapping all Mercedes-Benz prototypes from the development units, then destroyed the body on behalf of Daimler AG. The certified equipment used in the centre includes two presses, each applying over 30 tonnes of pressure. The replica sports car had a fibreglass body weighing precisely 148 kilograms, which the compressor smashed into small pieces. This dramatic end to the unlawful body was officially documented with a signed and stamped ‘confirmation of scrappage’.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 198 series) is one of the best known cars in the world. It was launched on the market in 1954 as a coupé with distinctive gullwing doors. In 1999, an international panel of judges voted it ‘sports car of the century’. Today, the original gullwing model and its roadster variant, which was introduced in 1957, are two of the most coveted vehicles on the international classic car scene. All the major car collections worldwide feature the 300 SL – an icon of design and engineering expertise.
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Re: Build your own gull wing..

Post by pastelgrey300D » Tue 28 May, 2013 10:22 am

It'll be even more rare when MB Stuttgart find out about this unauthorised car. The body (but not the chassis) is copyrighted.
Yep, MB wouldn't be too happy - so if you want it, buy it quick and make sure you don't leave any personal details with the seller, then go into hiding!
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Post by Chai » Tue 28 May, 2013 8:56 pm

Yep. Use this information to drive a hard bargain. After all, you'll be removing hot property from his hands ... or else MB will learn about this.
Should be about the price of a couple of cartons of ciggies that came off the back of a truck (or will have the weight of a truck on its fibreglass body).
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Post by Aegean » Thu 30 May, 2013 8:07 pm

Here's another one just ripe for the crusher

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1957-199 ... 43bc67e3b0
W136 170s W186 300b W180 220s W109 6.3 C107 450 W116 6.9 W124 E320 Cab CLK 430
'72 Ranchero GT, Subaru SVX x 4, Subaru Vortex, DKW F89P, DKW 3=6, Skoda Octavia Super, Skoda Felicia Cabrio,
and the odd Porsche, Holden, Tatra, Buick............

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