Lot Number
551
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2003 Smart Brabus First Edition Cabrio

Sold For $40,250

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - THE BRUCE WEINER MICROCAR MUSEUM 15 - 16 FEBRUARY 2013


ID No.
WME01MC01YH064553

With very low mileage, it is one of only 500 high performance examples by renowned tuning firm Brabus.

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Smart-Brabus

Origin: Rennigen, Germany

Production: 500

Motor: inline 3-cyl.

Displacement: 599 cc

Power: 75 hp

Length: 8 ft. 2.4 in.

Identification No. WME01MC01YH064553

Since the launch of the Smart in October 1998, the car has been available in three standard levels of trim, each with names sounding slightly odd to the North American ear: the “Smart & Pure” as the base model, the “Smart & Pulse” as the performance model, and the “Smart & Passion” as the comfort model. The renowned performance tuning house Brabus has had a longstanding relationship with Mercedes-Benz and has provided technical and visual upgrades for the Smart since its introduction. Brabus was founded in 1977 as a high-performance aftermarket tuning company with specialization in Mercedes-Benz, Smart, and Maybach vehicles. It quickly became the largest Mercedes tuner other than Mercedes-AMG, which became a DaimlerChrysler affiliate in the 1990s. Smart-Brabus GmbH is a joint venture of the two firms, and the example on offer here is “the first example of the achievement potential of this joint venture,” which was appropriately named the First Edition.

The idea was to provide discerning customers with an exclusive special model—a new top line to complement the three existing trim levels. This line combines the character of the “Smart & Pulse” as a performance variant and the “Smart & Passion” as a comfort variant and provides an opportunity for the customer to drive both together. The Brabus modifications include a power increase to 75 horsepower, leather interior, paddle shifters, body fairings, lowered suspension, and exclusive Brabus-branded light alloy rims. Only 500 of the First Edition examples were produced, this being number 287.

In keeping with the Brabus tuning heritage, this spunky little cabrio boasts a number of racing-inspired features, including bucket seats, a “flappy paddle” F-1 paddle shifter, a racing-style fuel filler cover, chromed dual center exhaust tips with the Brabus logo, Brabus alloy wheels, a brushed aluminum shifter and handbrake, Brabus aluminum racing pedals, a dash-mounted tachometer, and various carbon fiber accents. This example is triple black and only shows 3,488 kilometers on the odometer. As a European model, this car is sold on a Bill of Sale only, but it does come with its original German title.


Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is offered on a bill of sale only.


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