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Captured outside Cisco’s historic restaurant on East 6th St., where, presumably, Mr. Buzbee, the principal of the Buzbee Law firm, was reassuring a potential client of the earnestness of his company’s motto, “Just Win.” The Maybach is an ultra-luxury car from Mercedes resurrected in 1997 and running through 2013. This model 57S was made beginning in 2005, and cost about $380k. Adequately powered by a 6 liter V12 bi-turbo engine producing 603 hp and 738 ft-lbs of torque, BUZ B4 (?) was driven by a nattily dressed chauffeur cooling his heels at curbside.
A gorgeous setting at the Long Center plaza overlooking Austin’s skyline, many exquisite collector cars were offered for sale. This event was created by the folks at Motoreum, Austin’s largest specialty car dealer on Hwy 620 (link at right). Here are a few, more to come:
1957 Lincoln Premiere Convertible1926 Packard 326 Roadster Sport1948 Pontiac Torpedo2002 Mercedes CLK GTR (pre-bid estimate well over $1 million)2005 Saleen Twin Turbo1950 Nash Ambassador1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Bertha’s husband, Karl Benz, invented the first internal combustion car, but Bertha, without his knowledge, took her two boys and the Patent Motorwagen from Mannheim to Pforzheim to see her mother, about 66 miles away. She had invested a lot of money in the development of the car and wanted to demonstrate that it was a practical conveyance. It was the first cross-country trek in a car, and it was a sensation, generating lots of publicity and the car’s first purchase orders. Along the way, several repairs were required, and because the brakes were so poor, she got a blacksmith to put a leather pad on the brake shoe, in doing so, invented brake lining.
I ran across this 1886 Patent Motorwagen Replica at Motoreum in NW Austin. Here are technical details and a similar replica.