Rust in Piece? Yup, That’s a Mercedes-Benz Gravestone
It’s inevitable — we all pass away at some point. Some just do it with a bit more style and luxury than others. Case in point – this massive granite Mercedes-Benz 240 Diesel tombstone. And yes, it’s life-size. RELATED: See Photos of the 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
Located in New Jersey’s Linden Park Cemetery, this stone-cut Mercedes immortalizes one young man, Raymond Tse, who’s life was cut short in a tragic car accident at the age of 15. According to Roadside America, Ray’s older brother David had promised him a Mercedes upon obtaining his license, a day which never came.
However, David wasn’t about to renege on his word. Instead of a car, Ray got something a bit more everlasting, which is a big claim considering we’re talking about the resilient Mercedes diesels of old.
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David and the rest of the Tse family ordered the Mercedes gravestone to be built, which reportedly cost $250,000 back in the ‘70s, took over a year to carve from a single chunk of granite, and weighs in at around 36 tons.
The monument bears a perfect resemblance to a long-wheelbase 1982 240 Diesel, all the way from the intricacies in its grill, to the tire treads, appropriate badging, and even a custom plate toting Ray’s name. The only omission being the side mirrors.
So if you’re cruising through New Jersey in a vintage W123, stop by and see Ray.
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