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Stars and car.  The day Claude Franாங்கois and his Mercedes were killed

Stars and car. The day Claude Franாங்கois and his Mercedes were killed

On June 25, 1977, Claude Franாங்கois left his Parisian home with four friends to join his mill in Danemoise, south of the Paris region.

To do this, he takes the A6 motorway with his last car, the Mercedes 450 SEL; V8 equipped S-Class producing 286 horsepower. Little did he know that after a while he would meet Guy Newmeyer, known as “Crazy” on his CX wheel. The Mercedes he bought and repainted in blue will become a legend.

Professional, safe drill

In his CX, Guy Newmeyer comes up with cheap thriller names like his regular counterparts: “Galoch”, “Return”, “Le Cross Denise” or “Bigwit”.

Their special? Since the early seventies, they have been cutting security boxes by infiltrating banks. Suffice it to say that the big Mercedes will annoy them if they overtake on the highway.

Above the law, they chase the car and start firing.

Seven 9-millimeter impacts

The chase ends only when Danomeois enters the village, while UX makes a U-turn on the outskirts of CX Claude Franுவாois’ property.

Seven impacts can be seen on the Kloglo car: one bullet in the rear window, one on the right turn signal, one on the tire and one on the dashboard. No one on board was injured.

The next day, the shocked singer opened his door to television and the media; In 1975, he escaped an IRA attack on the Hilton Hotel in London.

The 450 SEL was registered in the lot by his friend Alain Dominic Perrin who was in its original state at the time of the Bonhams sale in 2015. Photo by Bonhams

An iconic car

The Mercedes 450 SEL was newly delivered to Claude Franாங்கois in 1976. Painted again in blue, it was next to 450 SLC. The recorded 327 BJX 75, 450 SEL is 5.06 m long and weighs almost two tons.

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The engine is standard fitted with an automatic gearbox and pneumatic suspensions; It was a symbol of luxury.

The rules were fixed, and then it belonged to his friend Alain Dominic Perrin.

It was auctioned on September 5, 2015 by Bonhams for 97,500.