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Will the Von Krieger Mercedes-Benz break the record for cars at public auction?

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Sale prices of collector cars have dramatically over the last or so as investors continue to look for assets in which to sink money, so all eyes will turn to the Monterey auctions in expecting to see more multi-million cars cross the block and auction records break. and Company will thus Monterey this year a car expected to fetch northward of figures: the Von Krieger Mercedes-Benz Special Roadster.

Described in a press release as “the significant Mercedes-Benz to ever to auction,” the 540K comes no pre-auction estimate “due to the unprecedented historical significance and Yet the auction house believes it set marque records, and David himself told the New York Magazine this week it wouldn’t surprise him if it bid as high as the 1957 Ferrari Testa that Gooding sold year for $16.39 million, the current record for a car sold at auction.

One of 26 540K Special Roadsters to special order before War II, the high-door, long-tail, exposed-spare chassis number 130949, was new in 1936 by the aristocratic Von Krieger for son Henning to use, but the Baroness Josephine Von Krieger – “a dead for Marlene Dietrich,” as the New York Magazine described her; of the 10 most fashionable women in the according to Gooding – eventually it her own. Stories abound of how the removed it from potential in Germany during World War II, shipping it to Switzerland in 1942 and to the United States after the end of the Though she lived in Manhattan, she the 540K at the Homestead Inn in Greenwich, after she moved back to in the early 1960s.

Collectors reportedly pressured the to sell the car, but she held on to it her death in 1989, at which it was reportedly valued at more $2.5 million (about million today). When from its storage shed at the Inn, it remained in original though its black paint was from its body and cigarettes the Baroness’s lipstick remained in the Following its sale by the Baroness’s the 540K has had just one owner who restored it in silver. More – following its display at the Portland, Art Museum’s Ken Gross-curated “The of the Automobile” exhibit – its owner restorer Chris Charlton of Maine, to restore it again, in the returning the 540K to its original

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“As one of Mercedes-Benz’s ultra-rare 540 K Special the von Krieger Special Roadster is a special car, yet it ranks to other examples because of its condition, history and provenance,” Gooding said. “Its restoration, beautiful story and documented history make it extraordinary and perhaps the finest 540 K Roadster in existence. It is the most pre-war Mercedes-Benz I’ve known.”

The last sale of a Special Roadster came last year, when chassis number 154140 – a high-door, long-tail, enclosed-spare car by Sam and Emily Mann that won in Show at Amelia Island and in Class at Pebble Beach – RM Auctions’ Monterey sale at million. At the same auction, a 1939 540K Special sold for $4.62 million and a 540K Special Coupe for $3.08 million. Gooding has yet to a 540K Special Roadster at but did sell a 1937 540K Cabriolet in 2010 for $2.145

Gooding’s Pebble Beach will take place 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Center. For more information, GoodingCo.com .


UPDATE: It didn’t break the public auction record, but it did top the sale with a price of $11.77 million, the world’s most expensive car to sell at public auction as as the world’s most expensive to sell at public auction.

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Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
Mercedes-Benz 540K W24
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