‘A custom 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL roadster belonging to Wayne Newton, a.k.a. Mr. Las Vegas himself, will go under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson’s latest sale in the Entertainment Capital of the World next month. And not only did the car once belong to one of the desert city’s most beloved residents, it looks unlike any other SL before or after.
This isn’t any old, off-the-lot 380SL, as Newton commissioned Long Island-based coachbuilder and artisan Niko Soko to radically reimagine the vehicle. The black and gold Mercedes features a naval theme inspired by classic wooden boats from the ‘40s, according to the auction house. In addition to its new sweeping profile, there are hand-fabricated moldings on the side, a retractable hardtop with engravings reminiscent of Egyptian hieroglyphics and the spare tire compartment has been moved to the rear deck lid like a classic Chrysler from the ‘50s. Finally, the factory wheels were swapped out for a gorgeous set of 16-inch gold BBS cross-lace wheels.’Source: Robb Report, Photo: Barrett Jackson
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