Dictator and alleged cannibal Bokassa I of Central Africa’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman for sale for £225,000
Jean-Bédel Bokassa, or ‘Bokassa I of Central Africa’ as he preferred to be known, was the head of state of the Central African Republic and subsequently the Central African Empire from 1966 until 1979. Befitting of his status as a dictator in 1977, he purchased a pair of Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousines. One is currently for sale for £225,000.
Bokassa was a leader typical of his era and in emulating his hero Napoleon spent some £13.5 million on his coronation. His reign of terror included himself personally supervising judicial beatings and the introduction of a rule that thieves would have an ear cut off for the first two offenses and a hand for the third. After being deposed, he fled to a French chateau he owned but on returning to the Central African Republic in 1986, he was tried for treason, cannibalism and murder. Found guilty of murder in 1987 and imprisoned until being freed in 1993, this father of 50 by 17 wives spent his final years claiming he was the 13th Apostle.
The ex-Bokassa left-hand drive Pullman has covered just 13,000 miles and features conference seating for four. It is finished in black and is presented in immaculate condition. The car is on the market through Daniel Donovan of DD Classics and is described as “iconic” and one of the “most desirable examples in existence”.
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