MercedesBenz crushes ‘unlawlful’ Gullwing replica

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Mercedes-Benz W125

Mercedes-Benz crushes ‘unlawlful’ replica

Is this the moment of in a Gullwing restoration when the is once again joined to its Not quite. We’re looking at the of the Mercedes-Benz Used Parts and this particular Gullwing is being crudely removed its chassis to be crushed and disposed of.

steps up pressure on replicas

design copyright status in Germany

Ever mindful of the of poorly conceived replica on its heritage brand, Mercedes-Benz seized and destroyed a German Gullwing replica’s fiberglass For decades the Silver Star viewed any road going of the iconic Gullwing shape derision, particularly those badging as per the original. During the Tony Ostermeier’s generally Gullwing Cars operation in skirted the badging issue by their replicas with grille/deck lid star designs and no or ’300SL’ insignias. Predictably, as as new owners took delivery of cars, an original grille and original insignias were Other replicas employed trickery to avoid attention Stuttgart.

This will no longer be by Mercedes-Benz. Badging or no, the glorious shape is a work of ‘applied and has been under copyright for decades. It’s the enforcement has been spotty. That is, 2012. Emboldened by a December Stuttgart regional court’s affirming the Gullwing design’s status, Mercedes stepped up copyright violations. It is not legal to the Gullwing design – at least not in Gullwing AG, a German firm planned to introduce a new Gullwing the original Ostermeier plans and with modern drivetrain, was down shortly after the ruling.

“However, as well as the of this vehicle copying our and designs, the use of the Mercedes-Benz name and is in clear contravention of our trademark and we will look seriously at

Unlucky German replica

Daimler Media’s release Mercedes-Benz’ attitude succinctly, “A had arisen in which a company in Germany had built an unlawful of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.” The replica was by German Customs officials may indicate the car was being processed for While the entire experience had to be a for the owner, he/she likely did the rolling chassis back its illicit body was unceremoniously and crushed. The issue involved the only. Case closed for particular replica.

The offending skin awaits destruction. not sure who built this car but try to find out. A serious has now been set in Germany which undoubtedly send other replicas, regardless of quality, hiding.

This photo a strong statement indeed. The body has been officially by ‘certified equipment’ and officially with a signed and stamped of scrappage.’

Wheatcroft W125 Recreations

Classic speaks out

Mercedes-Benz W125

Stuttgart’s toward protecting its cherished shape is now clear but how will the react to the specter of not one but five duplicates (4 open wheel and one streamliner) of the epic 595hp W125 Grand Prix Two have been completed and one was in a massive article within the 2012 issue of the superb Magazine. The brainchild of the now deceased Grand Prix disciple, Tom this project began in and has VERY quietly yielded two Wheatcroft’s plan was to amortize by building five, selling 4 and the remaining car in his extraordinary Donington  Racing Car Museum located England’s Donington Park circuit.

With Wheatcoft death, son Kevin stepped in and kept the project moving utilizing the best fabrication in the world that conveniently to be located in England. This is producing not just ‘replicas’ according to reports, DUPLICATES of the car. How is this possible? The mysterious acquisition of 2,500(!) drawings and access to two of the original that escaped the factory private hands has insured a bending level of accuracy. We credit the extraordinary fabrication and skills of Crosthwiate Gardener and coachwork fabricator Roach as well.

Mercedes-Benz Museum CEO comments

How Mercedes-Benz feel about project which comes to the same year it decides to race it’s W125 in top tier historic events? Bock, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Museum and Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic, with a tactful but revealing also in Octane’s Februry “ The Mercedes-Benz w 125 is an iconic racing and whilst we can see the logic in companies those cars lost like the Auto Unions and Von ‘Sharknose’ Ferrari, there’s no to create a facsimile of the real especially when these are still regularly shown .” continued by citing trademark “ However, as well as the creators of vehicle copying our parts and the use of the Mercedes-Benz name and logo is in contravention of our trademark rights and we look seriously at this .”

Mr. Bock closes with, “ We – at any time – all collectors of original cars with all the passion, and knowledge we have but we have no (tolerance? ed.) for facsimiles of the deal .” Strong if slightly words. We have a feeling of Wheatcroft’s W125s will see soil anytime soon. fascinating saga centering the passion for and protection of two of Mercedes-Benz’ enduring and cherished sporting is certainly going to evolve. I there will be more ahead.


Kevin lives the dream of any pre-war Prix nut — power a virtual duplicate of one of the awesome Arrows of the latter ’30s Prix era. Why the grainy Mysteriously, there is not one image of a W125 sitting on the web, not on the websites of the vendors who created it. we use an Octane magazine scan. puzzling and quite likely the of Mercedes-Benz taking a keen in projects in clear contravention of our rights.

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Mercedes-Benz W125
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