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For those with an interest in classic cars, you may have noticed a fair amount of reporting across classic car media with regards the 300SL Mercedes-Benz Gullwing stolen from the Nurburgring in Germany on the evening of 10th / 11th August.

According to Manfred Strack the CEO of the Old Timers Grand Prix staged at the Nurburgring 10-12 August, there have been a number of thefts of vehicles over the past few years during motoring events; the majority of targeted cars have been Porche 911s and Porche 356s, with the occasional BMW thrown in for good measure. These cars make for easy breakers and therefore, quick cash.

What makes the theft of this 300SL Mercedes-Benz Gullwing so unusual, is that it is a very high value car (valued at $1.75m), and thrown into the mix the fact that it is unique, known as an ‘outlaw’ car due to various modifications over the years, the thieves took something that is very well known within classic car circles and literally has no chance of being sold on the open market. Sadly, this would indicate that the chances are that it will be broken up and sold off in parts.

3001300 SL Gullwing stolen at Nürburgring - Image courtesy Remi Dargegen

The suggestion from some of those we spoke to was that the car was stolen to order, but that would involve somebody knowing Mr. Thomas Rosier (the owner) was due to visit the event and leave the car in a public parking area. In fact, he told us that he was supposed to have a special pass for a secure parking area which didn’t ultimately materialize, therefore, the only option was to leave the car in a public car park which runs adjacent to the Dorint Hotel, which is set back 20 - 30 yards from the Nurburgring track and which has a police security unit at the entrance to the car park.

Unfortunately the police office was closed throughout the event, and there is no video surveillance on that particular public car park.

The car was taken between 10pm August 10th and 10am August 11th. There was some suggestion that the car had been seen on route 61 at about 2am on 11th August, but this is yet to be confirmed by the Mayen police department. The theft just smells of another inside job. Somebody for sure made a call when Mr. Rosier checked into the Dorint Hotel, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Thomas Rosier has put out a direct 250 k euro offer in the German press to the thief for the return of the car (a copy of that article which you can see below). This car was purchased three years ago in the USA by Mr. Rosier, and upon its return to Germany and subsequent research, he found that it had once been owned by his father many years ago.

The chassis number is W198 040 5500434, the engine number is 1989807500069. Any information on the stolen Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing should be given to the Mayen Police Department via +49 (0)2651-801-0 phone number, or the Adenau Police on +49 (0)2691-925-0

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Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee

Elliot Lee founded his antique business in 1994. Having bought his first Antique piece at the tender age of eleven, it has since then been his passion for Antiques, Fine Art, and aesthetically beautif...