Mercedes Benz Labour of Love Short Film – Nelson Mandela’s Mercedes Hand Built

“The following short film shows how a number of workers from Mercedes-Benz’ plant in East London, South Africa, hand-built a special version of a Mercedes-Benz W126 S-Class to be gifted to Nelson Mandela.


The car was actually manufactured mainly by hand and outside of the normal working hours, while most of its parts were donated by Mercedes-Benz for the special project, which was completed in just four days.


Nicknamed Madiba’s Merc (Madiba is Mandela’s Xhosa clan name), the special car featured a South African flag and Mandela’s name, along with a personalized license plate reading “999 NRM”, with NRM being short for Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. 


The red Mercedes-Benz W126 S-Class can now be seen at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa.” – AutoEvolution

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