Vintage Mercedes Set For Auction
By James Drakeford
An 84-year-old Mercedes-Benz that was unearthed after spending more than 60 years locked away in a garage is expected to fetch a staggering £1.5 million when it goes to auction later on this year.
Described as the supercar of its generation, the ‘S’ Type model was one of the world’s fastest vehicles when it rolled off the production line in 1928, easily reaching speeds in excess of 100mph. Ferdinand Porsche designed the supercharged 6.8 litre engine which was set in a low-slung chassis frame and adorned with the now iconic Mercedes ‘V’radiator grille. With its distinctive scream from the supercharger the vehicle re-established Mercedes’ reputation for building fast, luxurious and high quality motorcars.
Now described as the ‘Lost Mercedes’ any S-Series find is valuable and well sought after, but the story of this particular car will likely make it even more appealing to buyers when it crosses the auction block at Bonham’s Goodwood Revival sale on September 15.
Painted in dark battleship grey, this majestic yet understated Mercedes has never been restored, and even retains its original blue leather upholstery in its entirety. A ‘timewarp’ find that has been parked in the same garage since the 1930s and laid up since the 1950s comes complete with an unworn 1928 logbook which evidences a passage of ownership within the same family throughout.
If you can pick up this rare gem for anything near to the estimation value then we believe you will be in for nothing short of a bargain.
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