Mark Johnston, the co-owner of Grand Prix Motors, is suing car maker Mercedes-Benz for selling him a $1.7 million dud, a Mercedes AMG CLK-GTR roadster, which only 6 were ever made. This is quite probably the world's most expensive lemon to date:
It was a sweet ride turned sour: a $1.7-million Mercedes-Benz roadster that died after cruising 10 blocks. That works out to $170,000 a block — perhaps the most expensive test drive on record:
"It's the mother of all lemons," said Mark Johnston, co-owner of Grand Prix Motors. Nearby, in the small Mar Vista showroom, rested his handmade Mercedes AMG CLK-GTR roadster.
Designed to safely travel at nearly 200 miles per hour, the 12-cylinder, 612-horsepower beast was out for its first spin with a prospective buyer in 2004 when the oil light came on, the gears wouldn't shift properly and the car shuddered so violently that the windows came unglued, Johnston said.