Monday, 2 February 2015

Double Mercedes beauty on auction during Retro Classics Stuttgart week

Monday, February 2, 2015 - Bonhams auctioneers take a trip to Stuttgart for the single-marque Mercedes-Benz auction on 28 March 2015, coinciding with Retro Classics Stuttgart week. Held in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the auction will showcase a variety of some 40 classic motor cars from across the German marque's century-long history.  The sale will be led by a 1938 540 Kompressor Cabriolet A. Fresh to the market, the 540 K is estimated at €2,000,000-2,500,000 (£1,500,000-1,900,000). Restored to Concours condition, the two-seater vehicle is a significantly lighter variant of the original 500 K design. Developed in the mid-1930s, it was one of the most impressive cars available at the time, and today remains extremely rare.  A 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is another exciting early consignment, and is estimated at €900,000-1,200,000 (£700,000-940,000). An highly original example, the roadster has been in the vendor's ownership since 1980, and was previously owned by German industrialist, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1907-1967), of the Krupp dynasty. At its peak, the car was the fastest production Mercedes in the world.   The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world's oldest car manufacturer. A total of 1,500 unique exhibits are featured in the museum, including 160 vehicles.

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