The incident happened on Austria's E45 motorway between the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck and the city of Kufstein.
The top of the range Mercedes was spotted by multiple motorists who were stunned at the fact that the man was travelling with the right front tyre completely missing.
The police were eventually able to stop the driver between the towns of Stans and Jenbach.
They found that only half of the alloy wheel was still left on the car and, as a result, the vehicle had a ground clearance left of just under 0.4 inches.
Even with the shocking damage, it was still possible for the driver to brake and to steer the car. The German driver had even overtaken multiple cars as he was driving in the fast lane.
The 78-year-old driver was completely puzzled when he was stopped by the Austrian police and had no idea what the problem was. When he heard his tyre was completely missing, he told police that he had not noticed anything and that the car had handled normally.
The man was sent to a medical officer for further investigation and had his driving license taken away from him.
Story courtesy of Central European News