Muhammad Ali’s 1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing Goes Into Auction

Giancarlo Perlas January 20, 2014
1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing (1)

The 1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing is covered in 23-karat gold embedded with more than 270 jewels.

The 1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing formerly owned by boxing hall of famer Muhammad Ali is set to be auctioned in February. According to Mail Online, it is expected to fetch around $1.5 million in the event.

Of course, it is already a big deal that boxing’s “Greatest of all time” used to own the car. But what makes it more luxurious is the fact that its exterior and parts of its interior are covered in 23-karat gold. Then, it is encrusted with more than 270 precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. The four-door sedan also comes complete with Arabic symbols and an interior covered in genuine mink fur. Overall, it is a car fit for a member of the royal family.

Other specs of the car include an inline six-cylinder gasoline engine, manual four-speed transmission which is shifted on the column and a push button ignition system.

The History of the 1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing

According to the car’s sale listing, the 1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing is a remodeled 1959 Mercedes 220S. It was modified in the early 1980’s as a gift for a “prominent royal family”. After that, the new owner, being a great fan of Ali, decided that he should give it to his boxing hero.

For two years, Ali owned the car and was usually seen chauffeured in it during special events.

The ownership of the car after Ali was no longer mentioned, but currently, it can be found in Manteca Ford, a dealership in Manteca, California owned by Phil Waterford. It is expected to stay in its showroom before it goes under the hammer.

1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing Pictures

You can catch a glimpse of the 1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing through these pictures provided by ClassicAutoNetwork:

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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