Although the US governmenet doesn't seem to be laughing. It seems that the US government wasn't too happy that one of their soldiers brought Saddam's WMD back to America! CNN reports that the car has now been seized by custom officials pending further investigation. It doesn't look very good for Mercedes Benz either if you ask me. I mean sure they made planes to kill the allies in WW2 (their emblem is a propeller) , but we forgave them for that, but now this too!
First Sgt. William von Zeal said he bought the car while serving in Iraq. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said Thursday that the car, which was also equipped with loudspeakers and hidden microphones, was being treated as a "possible war trophy." The vehicle also had a series of pipes that shot flames from the sides.CNN
Flames from the side? I guess that’s a handy feature for a dictator. You gotta wonder about Mercedes though, when a client named Saddam Hussein comes and asks for an armoured Merc with Flame throwers on the side, what do you do? Not ask why should we sell a Merc to a dictator, but rather, did you want some Mustard gas to come out of the exhaust as well? We are running a Mustard gas special, this week only!
Mercedes sold three armoured 560s to the Iraqi government in 1988CNN
I wonder if AWB paid for those cars.