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Rudi Caracciola’s 1 of 1 1935 500K found at LA salvage

It’s hard to believe one of the valuable Mercedes in the world is neglected in a building in South Los Angeles, but that’s exactly writer Michael Mraz Rudi Caracciola’s 1935 500K.

Mraz traces the of this ultra rare car in February’s Town and Country on newsstands. Here are a few excerpts the amazing tale of one of world’s desirable cars—

Caracciola with the 500K in 1937 Credit: Mercedes-Benz Archive, Germany

Few people know one of the greatest cars Mercedes-Benz has in its 125-year history sits on tires, covered by 30 years of in an unmarked building in South Los Angeles.

The 1935 Rudolf Caracciola 500K Roadster Limousine, one of the beautifully struck and elegant cars ever built, was as a gift for one of the most legendary car drivers ever to turn the Based on recent auction the 500K-one of the holy grails of car be worth upward of $10 million if it came to auction.

But it sits to tail with scores of exceedingly rare classic cars as part of the mind-bogglingly inventory of the nondescript Porche Foreign Auto, an auto operation (junkyard is the more term), which was founded in by a guy named Rudi Klein.

When Klein died in his amazing hidden collection of fell into the hands of his Ben and Jason Klein. While the 500K Mraz started stories of the amazing cars the well guarded collection

I was able to start compiling a catalog of what might be in the junkyard behind those doors, or at the family’s nearby a pair of one-off prewar one of two Iso Grifo Spyders (designed and by Giotto Bizzarrini, who also has the 250 GTO on his résumé); one of 29 alloy-bodied Mercedes lighter, faster, and rarer their steel siblings; a of BMW 502s and 507s; a half-dozen or so Miuras, with their V12 engines; and the last surviving of the seven Horch 855 Spezial ever built, a specimen owned by Eva Braun that was for a on loan to the Audi Museum in (Audi was founded by August

Michael Mraz quickly he wasn’t the only one who knew the 500K was. Michael manager of the Mercedes Benz Center, has been chasing the car for a and has actually inspected the car personally. since he has been trying to a deal with the Kleins to the car.

The 500K at Pebble in 1978

Photo Credit:William C. Pebble Beach Concourse

Ten years ago Mercedes tried a loan agreement with the so the 500K could be displayed-alone in its own at the company’s museum in Fellbach, (Audi had arranged a similar with the Kleins for the restoration of the Eva Horch.) But the deal fell after Rudi Klein’s in 2001, for reasons that unclear.

Mercedes allegedly offered to do a restoration, free of charge, an of perhaps a few million dollars, for the (According to the Kleins, the 500K has a few on it but is otherwise in fairly good

It was the right thing to do with car, Kunz says. hoping at some point we can that.

Although Mraz was not to inspect the car himself, he did eventually get the to briefly discuss the future of the with him.

The 500K after the cars restoration Photo Credit: Rodda

I ask Ben Klein what the might hold for this given its storied past.

it finally make the pilgrimage to the Museum, returning to the country it came? Will it wind up for and break another auction Will it continue to collect Will it eventually crumble into nothing?

He doesn’t any hint. But he does reveal a detail when I ask him if the 500K was the car Klein, his father, was most of. For sure, he writes. He kept a of the car in his wallet.

If this isn’t there are still amazing waiting to be found and brought to life, we aren’t sure is.

( Current Porche Foreign photo credit: Johnny )

Special thanks to Michael and Town Country Magazine.


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