"It all began with granddad’s 300 D. He acquired it in 1992 from a Mercedes-Benz employee who had bought it one year earlier under the company's car purchase scheme. The sale had already been agreed when the vehicle was ordered." The car was not simply an object of utility, it was an object of value: to date, it has just 105,000 kilometres on the clock, which is nothing at all for a 300 D.
"My grandfather Egon would have liked a few more extras, but the first owner was against it," says Silvan Ernst from Neu-Anspach near Frankfurt am Main. "I was born in 1993, so the car's been in my family for longer than me."