story by christian chazalon photos by philippe delaporte
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was arguably one of the world’s richest men by the late seventies before before the proverbial shit hit the fan in 1979 culminating in a Revolution in his native Iran, the country his family ruled for decades. Nevertheless, he left behind a great legacy manifested in unbelievable wealth including his personal collection of 140 classic and sports cars…including of the six Mercedes-Benz 500Ks in the world.
He had this ritual of taking any one of his sports cars through the streets of Tehran in the wee hours, and give them a thrashing like Nuvolari would had he the power. There’s just so many stories…
"probably one of the lowest mileaged, original, factory fresh examples—in the world."
Lucky for us, Philippe Delaporte, he of Expédition Porsche 928 fame, made that sacrifice during his Globtrotting 928 adventure. These are the images he captured.