There are countless articles online that give tips on how to get more for your car when it’s time to sell. One thing that’s guaranteed to add value to your ride – even if it is a bit out of your control – is to have a famous former owner.
A dealer in Berlin, however, is perhaps being a little optimistic about the value a big name adds to a car. The Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG pictured above used to be owned by Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher.
The car is up for sale at £100,000, which represents a slight premium over a non-Schumacher-owned E55. And by ‘slight premium’, we of course mean a ludicrously high mark-up. Without the German’s name in the paperwork, a similar car would struggle to get £10,000.
The Mercedes was delivered to Schumacher in 1998, and it shows off a couple of hints of racing driver ownership. The boot wears a Nurburgring sticker, while the dashboard features a Ferrari plaque.
For reasons unknown, there is also a small bust of Schumacher’s head perched in the passenger seat.
See past the creepy companion and it’s got a pretty decent spec, as befitting a luxury AMG monster. There are leather seats, a sunroof, Bose sound system, climate control and sports suspension among a long list of goodies.
There’s even voice-activated satnav, which is mighty impressive for a pre-2000 car.
This being an AMG, it’s under the bonnet where things get most interesting. The big wagon is packing a 5.4-litre engine that made 344bhp from new. Although it’s done 123,000 miles in its 18-year-long life, we’re willing to bet the former F1 star had it professionally looked after, so we suspect there’s plenty of life left in it.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
July 25, 2016