With ESPN’s recent “The Last Dance” putting Michael Jordan back in the spotlight and creating in a new generation of MJ fans, it should come as no surprise that bidding on Jordan’s 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600—which can be seen in the documentary—is rising higher than His Airness lifting off from the foul line.
An ordinary 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600—meaning one without ties to arguably the greatest basketball player to roam the planet—carries an average value of $36,600 in #1 (Concours) condition. Jordan’s S600, modified by Lorinser, has already received more than 170 bids on eBay, and its price has skyrocketed past $200,000 with nearly five days remaining in the auction. Bidding closes on August 23 at 3 p.m. ET.
Selling through the Beverly Hills Car Club, the MJ M-B had a starting price of $23, in honor of Jordan’s original jersey number with the Chicago Bulls, a team he led to six championships.
Beverly Hills Car Club owner Alex Manos, who grew up as a Jordan fan, calls the car “the Holy Grail of Michael Jordan memorabilia.” He says in the eBay description that driving the Mercedes “will get you in touch with your inner Michael Jordan, stepping into his world and feeling his energy and power.”
We don’t know if the car possesses those magical qualities, but it is certainly impressive. Offered in its original color combination of metallic navy deep blue with a beautiful gray interior, it comes with a clean Carfax and is equipped with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, heated seats, cruise control, dual airbags, power windows, power steering, power mirrors, power seats, power sunroof, power tilt steering wheel, power mirrors, four-wheel disc brakes, Lorinser chrome wheels, and jack.
When you turn on the S600’s phone, Jordan’s name appears on the dash screen.
The rear-wheel-drive Benz is powered by a 6.0-liter, 48-valve V-12 paired to an automatic transmission. It has 157,085 miles on the clock.
Beverly Hills Car Club doesn’t mention how long Jordan owned the car or where it went after he let it go. Not that any of that matters. Bottom line: it belonged to Michael Jordan, which makes it a slam dunk.