Michael Jordan has always been a man whose memorabilia fetches a hefty sum. Widely considered to be the GOAT of basketball and one of the most gifted athletes of all time, the Chicago Bulls star not only catapulted the NBA into a level of global stardom few sports could anticipate, but became the face that went along with it. Jordan wasn’t so much a player as he was a brand, championing an unwavering dedication to the pursuit of perfection on court, a relentless drive and countless endorsement deals with the biggest brands to go along with it. Since The Last Dance however, the magic of Jordan has been brought to light once again and naturally, any memorabilia or merchandise pertaining to the star has gone up for auction with a considerably hefty price-tag. It’s surprising then, that the star’s 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 Lorinser has come up for auction, with a starting bid of just $32.
The flashy vehicle, as seen in The Last Dance documentary, has come up for auction courtesy of Beverly Hills Car Club. As with all this related to Michael Jordan, this isn’t your standard Mercedes-Benz. Rather, the vehicle has been upgraded considerably with thanks to tuning house Lorinser. The V-12 powered vehicle then received custom rims, a body kit, and a boost in power to almost 400 horsepower. Showing 157,085 miles on the dash, the car now comes with the original Michael Jordan-signed title and even retains his name when powering on.
According to Alex Manos of the Beverly Hills Car Club, “Some people have signed basketballs or sneakers or photographs of the basketball giant. But how many people do you know who own Michael Jordan’s car? This is the Holy Grail of Michael Jordan memorabilia.”
As far as pictures go, it’s clear that the car has been well-cared for. The average market for one such car is around $3,500 USD, but then again – those don’t have the sign-off of one Michael Jordan. As Car Buzz suggests, the vehicle “will undoubtedly be sold to the highest bidder after the nine-day listing runs out, and if kept in the same condition, will likely appreciate as an investment over the next couple of decades.”
Sadly though, even with its low starting price, those seeking a piece of Michael Jordan in car-form have already started frantically bidding on the luxury vehicle. The listing is currently sitting at a price of $160,200 USD. For more information (or to place a bid), check out the official listing here. Bidding is scheduled to end in seven days.
Originally published on GQ.com.au
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