Lot 180 - 2005 Smart Car Crossblade Roadster owned by former World Champion boxer ’Prince' Naseem Hamed
|Odometer reading||185 km|
|Result||Sold - £32,480|
- Owned by former WBO/IBF/WBC World Champion ’Prince' Naseem Hamed
- One of just 2,000 produced
- Only 158km from new
- Offered with a pair of signed boxing gloves from Naseem Hamed
Originally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2001 as a concept vehicle, the Smart Crossblade was created under the mantra of 'less is more'. Its small size and surprising power output moved it along in traffic, due in part to the fact that the car weighed a mere 1,600 pounds. Its introduction created such hysteria that Smart built a limited run of 2,000 individually numbered cars. Described as 'an open leisure car uncompromisingly designed for blue skies and high spirit', the concept had no roof, doors, or windshield, and it was more like a beach buggy.
Driving it is like riding on rollerblades or a skateboard, an experience which lent itself to the name. The clever packaging came from Mercedes-Benz, who designed the car for the Swiss Swatch Company and also supplied the base engines, which have been tweaked by Brabus to produce 70 horsepower. Priced at €21,000, the car sold out quickly after it was introduced in June 2002.
We are informed this sharp example in gloss black and matt grey with striking red upholstery was gifted by Mercedes-Benz to Naseem Hamed, former multiple boxing world champion, on the 20th September 2005. 'Price' Naseem Hamed held the WBO title from 1995 to 2000, the IBF title in 1997 and is an International Hall of Fame boxer, he is ranked as the third best British featherweight boxer of all time by BoxRec. He is known for his front somersault over the top rope into the ring, his highly athletic and hard-hitting southpaw boxing style, and formidable one punch knockout power. We are told that Naseem, a well know sports personality and Mercedes-Benz customer, was gifted this Crossblade after spending over a quarter of a million pounds with Mercedes-Benz. This example has never been used on the road and has recorded just 158kms from new, it is a rare opportunity to purchase one of just 2,000 cars produced. Uniquely owned by the flamboyant multiple world champion boxer, it is a knockout purchase!
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