You know those guys that hawk tickets right at the entrance of a sold-out baseball game for twice the price, well this guy is doing the exact same thing, but with a Mercedes Hypercar. The vigilant eyes over at The Drive.com first posted about this scalper of the first degree earlier yesterday (Nov 8, 2017) after spotting a reservation on the German site Mobile.de for his spot in line for the Mercedes-AMG Project One. The price for this bespoke hypercar is $2.7M. This dude’s asking a tad more than twice that at $5.5M. The horror! Check out a couple of press photos of this F1 car for the street below.
The specifics of the ad list that what they are buying is a delivery of a Project One that’s slated for the second quarter of 2019 so you’re going to have to wait a bit if you want to get your hands on one.
To be fair, this is a highly desirable car. Mercedes is essentially squeezing the essence and technology of their ever successful F1 team and imbuing all that goodness into a street legal road car. At the heart of the two-seater hypercar is a bespoke 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine with four (count ’em) electric motors. Altogether, power will eclipse 1,000HP.
Mercedes is confident that their Project One will accelerate to 124 MPH in less than six seconds and surpass 217 MPH without breaking a sweat.
Only 275 units of this one-of-a-kind hypercar will be made and all have been spoken for. That means if you really want one you either have to succumb to the whims of scalpers like this guy, or buy one when an owner decides to flip theirs for a profit in a couple of years.
Reselling cars (or slots in line for a car) is nothing new. When there’s a limited supply of something, more often than not people are going to take advantage of the situation and profit from it. Some argue that this is just a market adjustment meant to suss out the real price for a good or service. Call it what you want, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth just looking at the ad.
The car will be amazing. The resale market will probably be not as amazing.