Hamilton’s smoking hot Mercedes-Benz up for auction

Kharl Prado March 31, 2010

One of the perks about being a celebrity is that literally everything you touch almost always turns to gold for your fans. Make that triple if you’ve won the Formula One World Championship and once dated, and dumped, the leader of the Pussycat Dolls. So many men are just dying to get into your Nomex shoes.

The celebrity is none other than 2008 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton. And the gold bar here is, of course, a Mercedes-Benz, a small token of reward for his services to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. But not because it has Hamilton’s signature embroidered into its seats. The reason? He hooned it.

Thus, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG was gloriously kept under Australian police custody for 24 hours after Hamilton got caught drifting it around a corner intersection, tires ablazin’, just two days before the Australian Gran Prix. To his credit, the former world champ pulled over and cooperated very well with the apprehending officers. Watch the video above.

As a result of his over-exuberant driving, the Benz, with a mere 5,000 kilometers on its odometer after a couple days under Hamilton’s hands, is now up for bidding and will likely command up to $150,000.

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