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Pre-war to mix with modern classics at Mercedes auction

Bonhams’ Mercedes-Benz sale features several 1930s treasures, including a 1935 500K Cabriolet estimated to sell for €6,000,000-€7,000,000, as well as exciting modern machinery.

Bonhams has had much success with its Mercedes-Benz focused sales over the recent years, and this year its line-up of fantastic 1930s models is a genuine highlight for fans of the marque. The sale takes place on 19 March at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

The most expensive lot is the 1935 500K Cabriolet, which is estimated at €6,000,000-€7,000,000. This particular 500K was the show star at the 1935 Paris Auto Show, and was bought off the show stand in chassis form. This was then handed over to the skilled workshop of Paris-based Jacques Saoutchik, who clothed the chassis in an absolutely stunning coachwork. Although a total of 354 500K chassis were built, this is truly a one-off, and is valued as such.

Further pre-World War 2 highlights include A 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Roadster, with coachwork by Lancefield (estimated at €2,700,000-€3,500,000), a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, with rare coachwork by Sindelfingen (€2,000,000-€2,600,000), and the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C, also with Sindelfingen body (€800,000-1,200,000).

At the thoroughly more modern end of the spectrum is the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 'Stirling Moss'. Bought new in Swizerland, this limited edition supercar is expected to sell for €2m-€2.4m, although any buyers within the EU will have to pay a 19 per cent import duty on the car. After the recent £293,000 sale price of an incredibly low mileage 190 2.5-16 Evolution 2, a lot of eyes will be on this slightly more well-used example (with 48,000km on the clock), which is estimated at £140,000-£180,000.

One of the more interesting historical artifacts is the ex-Nicolae Ceaușescu 350SL Roadster. As the leader of the Romanian Communist party from 1965 to 1989, this car was fitted with various upgraded security equipment courtesy of the secret police. The car is estimated at All proceeds of the sale are being donated to the charity working in Romania to help the victims of Ceaușescu’s regime.

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