Pol Pot’s Mercedes stretch limo looking in tip-top shape; Pol Pot–not so much
For Sale–Pol Pot’s Pimped Out Black 1973 Mercedes Benz 1973 W115 LWB stretch limousine
Proceeds to Fund Book “Sympathy for the Devil: A journalist’s memoir from inside Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge
The Mercedes stretch limo is believed to have been first purchased by the Cambodian right wing dictator, Lon Nol, before being seized as war booty by his extreme left successor, Pol Pot.
It then resurfaced as a fruit truck used by a watermelon farmer to deliver his produce to market, where it was spotted and scooped up by an expat motor-head living in Phnom Penh.
Later, it was leased by Oscar award nominated Hollywood icon Matt Dillon and featured in his cult classic film, “City of Ghosts, starring Gerard Depardieu and James Caan and Matt Dillon, written and directed by Mr. Dillon.
Now, it is up for sale, the owner donating proceeds to fund the production and publication of my book Sympathy for the Devil, a contemporary history of the life and work of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge who left 1.8 million people dead during their 3 years, 8 months, and 20 days in power in the late 1970’s.
Below is the Merc looking good this week in Phnom Penh:
Below here is Pol Pot, looking not quite as good, with the author of Sympathy for Devil:
Other Mercedes limousine buffs include Idi Amin, Kim Jong Il, Saddam Hussien, Nicolae Cousesceu, Robert, and Ferdinand Marcos, who, while having been joined in dictator cum car buff heaven with Pol Pot,left behind Mercedes limousines which have all found homes with car collector’s with an appreciation for iconic vehicles with a dark and colorful political pedigree and owners with a biography of being war criminals.
The next proud owner of Pol Pot’s pimped-out ride will be responsible for all shipping costs, but Mr. Freer said he will arrange for transportation to any global destination. The car, now 40 years old, is “sold as seen’ and is available for inspection in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
To ensure that only those serious about acquiring the vehicle put down bids, a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to post a bid.
The bidding starts at US$15,000.00 and the silent auction will commence on Friday March 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. It will end ten days later at 5:00 PM EST on March 31, 2014.
The highest bidder will be the proud new owner of Pol Pot’s pimped-out ride. In the event that the winning bidder is not able to make payment immediately upon close of the auction bidding on March 31, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST, the second highest bidder will assume ownership upon payment received.
Interested parties can contact [email protected] or phone (in the U.S.) 443 205 9162 for details on how to place a formal bid and other inquiries.