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Posted: 11 Apr 2014
You can buy Nelson Mandela's ‘Democracy' BMW 318i
In 2004, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Nelson Mandela's inauguration as South Africa's first democratically elected president, BMW South Africa cooked up a bunch of special edition 3-Series saloons, dubbed ‘Democracy Cars'. The 318s were exported around the world, with profits going to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
Of course, you knew all that already. But the exciting news is that now one's up for sale! At the Bonhams Auction at RAF Hendon! Later this month! And it's expected to fetch a whopping... £4,000!
Yep, four grand. Which is probably about right for a 2004 318 with 46,000 miles on the clock and full service history, ‘Democracy Car' or otherwise. Almost like the buying public doesn't quite grasp the connection between the heroic battle to defeat apartheid and a well-regarded German executive saloon.