An unrestored Mercedes 300 SL was recently auctioned off in Greece under unusual circumstances. Learn the interesting backstory inside.

An unrestored Mercedes 300 SL was recently auctioned off in Greece under unusual circumstances.

The story begins nearly five decades ago when the model rolled off the assembly line in 1960 with a three-liter straight-six engine that developed 240 PS (177 kW / 237 hp). It was eventually bought by Kriton Dilaveri, who was an avid racer. Upon his death in 1972, Dilaveri left the car to the city of Piraeus. The vehicle remained untouched, in a city parking lot, for decades and seemed destined for the scrapheap until the city's mayor, Vassilis Michaloliakos, decided to put it up for auction.

Amid fierce competition, the car was bought by Rajna Hildebrandt for €405,000 ($558,600). In honor of Dilaveri's generous gift, the city will use the funds to maintain a park which will ensure his legacy continues long after his death.

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Greek city auctions off a 1960 Mercedes 300 SL