A re-creation of the iconic 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 ‘Red Pig’ restored by specialist Arthur Bechtel will make its way to Paris 5 February 2020.
AMG geeks from around the world regularly tout this German powerhouse as the most iconic vehicle the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz ever produced. Successfully winning its class and eventually finishing second place overall in the 1971 Spa Francorchamps 24 hours (having started a modest 5th on the grid), the widened tracked Mercedes-Benz was instrumental in the company’s swift rise to fame before the marque took over the company some two decades later.
Driver of the ‘Red Pig’, Hans Heyer said of the vehicle:
“The replica is a streetcar, and far away from the 1971 car. But each year they rebuild it a bit closer to the heart of the original.”
The original and damaged 300 SEL was modified at a customer’s request, then subsequently transformed into the illustrious racing machine. The bored out 6.8-litre engine from a 600 Grosser produced 420 bhp with AMG fitting aluminium doors, widening the track, fitted larger tyres, and flaring the wheel arches.
It was the bizarre proportions and red overcoat which led to the nickname ‘Red Pig’ following the car that convincingly proved itself in the crucible of motorsport.
While the original ‘Red Pig’ was eventually used in aircraft testing leading to its destruction, a handful of faithful replicas have been built, including one by Mercedes-Benz. This particular example started as an accident-free, 1969 model year 300 SEL 6.3 and was restored to a ‘Red Pig’ replica by the Mercedes-Benz specialists at Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors in Böblingen, Germany.
The car was purchased by a certain James Goo Kim, CEO of D.Parts of South Korea, directly from Arthur Bechtel and has travelled less than 800 km since its conversion.
Offered without reserve at RM Sotheby’s forthcoming Paris Sale on 5 February 2020, interested buyers can find out more about this amazing car via this link.
Upcoming auctions can be found by visiting this link.
Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s.