€2,760,000 540K Cabriolet tops Bonhams’ Mercedes-Benz €13m sale
Bonhams’ managed a 92.9 per cent sale rate during its second Mercedes-Benz sale, moving a total of €13million worth of Stuttgart’s finest classics. Top seller was a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet, which sold for €2,760,000 to a private German collector.
There was also strong interest in the selection of four Mercedes 300SLs. In fact it was a 1960 300 SL Roadster, previously owned by German industrialist Alfried Krupp and remaining in continuous private ownership for over 35 years, that sold for the highest €1,121,250 figure.
Another 300SL Roadster, this time a 1961 disc brake model, achieved €1,092,500, with an earlier 1957 model – fitted with a factory hardtop - sold for €1,058,000. The only Gullwing of the 300SL quartet sold for €1,046,500.
The oldest car in the sale, a 115 year-old Benz Ideal, fetched €212,750. At the more modern end of the spectrum, a McLaren-Mercedes SLR sold for €284,050 and a 2003 CL63 AMG found a new home for a healthy bid of €31,050.
One of the rarest cars on offer, a 1931 770 Grosser Mercedes Cabriolet D, sold for €2,311,500. Being one of just 18 produced, and originally owned by German actor, producer and director, Erik Charell, added to the interest in this grand model.
Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer for the day, said: ‘With a full sale room, active internet bidding, and international bidders both in the room and on the telephone, we saw spectacular prices for cars in exemplary condition and with great provenance.’
Next on Bonhams’ busy calendar is the Newport Pagnell Aston Martin Works sale, shortly followed by the Spa Classic sale on 24 May.