1971 Mercedes-Benz 220 D8L LimousineSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2.2-Liter 4-Cylinder Diesel Engine Bosch Fuel Injection 57 BHP 4-Speed Manual Transmission 4-Wheel Disc Brakes Semi-Trailing Rear Arms and Ball-Joint Front-End Suspension About this Car: Mercedes launched the W114 and W115 models in 1968 (hence the “8” in the model designation) as the “New Generation” range, also known as the Stricht Acht or Slash Eight series. This W115 model, as denoted by the first three digits of the chassis number, was one of the series of post-war Mercedes-Benz production cars to use the newly engineered chassis that went on to be featured in all new Mercedes-Benz passenger car models until the 1980s. With an eye for pomp and circumstance, Prince Rainier III, the former reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, purchased this stately Mercedes-Benz 220 D8L Limousine brand-new in 1971. Specifically ordered by the Prince and his wife Princess Grace, the beloved American actress Grace Kelly, the Mercedes-Benz was added to the royal fleet of vehicles, especially for use by the royal family and visiting dignitaries at official engagements. In 2005, Prince Rainier passed away and the royal fleet was inherited by his son, Prince Albert II of Monaco, who had the family’s limousine retitled in his name. This regal 220 D8L presents in Midnight Blue, the royal family’s color, and remains in excellent condition. Evidence of the flag mounts on the front fenders and the two-way radio for communication with the cavalcade is discreetly positioned. Driven by a chauffeur and always maintained in immaculate condition, this stately limousine appears to be in pristine condition. Having spent most of its life in Monaco, the car had just under 30,000 km on the odometer at the time of cataloguing, which is approximately 18,600 miles. Considering the fact that these 220 four-cylinder diesel engines are known for racking up astronomical mileage with incredible reliability, this unique six-seater Mercedes-Benz has a potentially long and productive life ahead of it. Since the car left the royal family of Monaco in June, 2012, it has been cared for in Massachusetts and is offered for sale today with a tool kit, jack, and the Carte Grise or French title, stating Prince Albert II of Monaco as the owner with the Palais de Monaco as his residence. Also provided are the 2005 title and photographs depicting various members of the royal family, including Prince Rainier and Princesses Caroline and Stéphanie with the car. Whether you desire a crowd-stopping Sunday driver for grand family outings, or a regal vehicle for official events, this lovely midsized limousine is both a beautifully preserved Mercedes-Benz and a historical example of European royal heritage.

Reference Number 206525

as of 2/15/2013

Overview
Car 1971 Mercedes-Benz 220 D8L Limousine
VIN 115.112-10209923 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of Prince Rainier III of Monaco