Blenheim, Ontario – RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, will celebrate the 125th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz in Monterey, California, August 19 – 20, with an auction of 13 classic Benz models spanning over 80 years of production.
Headlining the spectacular offering is an extraordinary 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster, chassis 154140 from the private collection of Sam and Emily Mann, recently displayed at the gala opening of Mercedes-Benz’s new Manhattan flagship store. One of just a select few built with the most desirable configuration of high door, long tail and covered rear spare, of which it is believed just three examples survive, the ultra-rare 540 K is expected to establish a new world record for a Mercedes-Benz sold at auction.
The multi-million-dollar 540 K is surrounded by an impressive series of four other big supercharged eight-cylinder Mercedes from the 1930s – each boasting impeccable histories – including three magnificent automobiles from the esteemed Lyon Family Collection, along with an important 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A offered from private ownership.
“We are thrilled to celebrate Mercedes-Benz’s heritage in their 125th anniversary year by presenting some of their most reputed automobiles from the 1930s. Exceptionally rare and unique in their own right, each car is a wonderful representation of luxury, stunning design, forward-thinking engineering and performance – qualities that have defined the Mercedes-Benz brand throughout its long history,” says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions.
Other notable Mercedes entries for RM’s August 19 – 20 sale include: an important 1924 Mercedes-Benz 28/95 Sport Phaeton, one of only a handful in existence; a pair of 300SL Coupes from the 1955 and 1956 model years; and a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, representing the company’s more recent designs.