Yesterday we previewed the coming Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, a car likely to command somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000. For the coin, you’ll get a great car, but it’ll be up to you to make it famous.
On the other hand, you could consider buying used and angling for a car once owned by a famous person. Perhaps no car is more iconic right now than the MB SL55 AMG currently parked, without license plates, at 2101 Waverley Street in Palo Alto, California.
It’s widely known that the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, found a loophole in California law to legally drive without license plates. Apparently, in California, an owner of a vehicle is exempt from displaying tags during the first six months of ownership. The solution to never getting plates? Simply trade in your car before the deadline.
So that’s what Jobs did. Every six months, he’d lease a new silver SL55 AMG to avoid the responsibility of getting a license plate. An ABC News story says,
One might also assume that the leasing company was happy—they had an endless supply of luxury cars to on-sell with the previous driver being none other than Steve Jobs.
I wonder if those cars are worth anything today?
Jobs died in October, about four and a half months ago. Yet one of his cars, an older model that appears to be a 2006, still sits next to the curb, as though a jeans-and-turtleneck-clad Jobs might approach at any moment. I can only imagine the lease is long up on this car and that his family currently owns it. Perhaps the car will remain in place as a sort of memorial to the man and his legend. Or, maybe, the car will appear in the used listings sometime soon.
Keep an eye out.
If I had the money, I’d pay a little extra for the privilege of driving Steve Jobs’ car. Would you?