Dealer Defies Mercedes, Sells A Project One Build Slot For Double The Price

It’s not unusual to see people selling build slots or actual cars of a model that’s yet to enter production, which attracts customers who, for some reason, weren’t able to secure one in the first place and, of course, are willing to pay a hefty premium.

Even though manufacturers don’t really like that practice, this hasn’t hindered anyone who’s out for a quick buck. And while this used to be mainly a Ferrari thing in the past, as more and more automakers launch highly desirable, low production supercars, the list is getting longer, and inadvertently the occasional fight with an owner who wants to sell his car ensues.

Last year, for example, just couple of months after the unveiling of the Mercedes-AMG Project One concept, a German car dealership already put a production slot up for grabs, and they asked a cool €4.51 million ($5.24 million) for it, claiming that delivery will take place next summer.

That’s despite the fact that Mercedes-AMG announced that future owners of the Project One won’t be allowed to flip their rides. This means that they can’t sell the build slots for some quick cash either, so one would expect not to find any more out in the wild, right?

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Well, that very same German car dealership probably didn’t get the message, as it deleted the old ad and posted another one on Mobile.

They’re still asking the same amount for the build slot, which is double than the official starting price of €2.27 million ($2.64 million), stating that it will be delivered in Q2, 2019.

Now, if you can afford blowing a few millions on a car and really want one of the 275 units of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, we guess that wouldn’t stop you from getting Merc’s hypercar. After all, the automaker will probably go after the seller – and even then, it’s doubtful if they can actually do anything about it.

Apart from announcing that it will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine and four electric motors, derived from their Formula 1 program, Mercedes-AMG are still keeping the exact specs close to their chest. But thanks to a combined output between 1,000 and 1,100 horses, it will probably reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill in about 2.5 seconds.

Production is expected to take place in the United Kingdom, at the Mercedes F1 team premises in Brixworth, and deliveries should commence next year.

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  • Major Lee Gassole

    I like how the manufacturers are the only ones to make a profit. Buying a car, owning it outright, and having the manufacturer tell you what you can and can’t do with it is absolutely ridiculous. I’m waiting for the rumor to come true that people will be banned from working on their own cars.

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