A collection of significant Mercedes-Benz will be offered at the upcoming RM Auctions Monterey auction. The two-day Monterey sale, scheduled August 19 – 20, 2011, will present 13 examples from the German marque, spanning over 80 years of production.
The headline consignment is a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster, chassis 154140 from the private collection of Sam and Emily Mann. 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 540 K is expected to establish a new world record for a Mercedes-Benz sold at auction. (Estimate Available Upon Request)
The Sam and Emily Mann Mercedes-Benz 540 K is joined by three automobiles from the Lyon Family Collection, along with an important 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A offered from private ownership. RM Auctions has been working with Mercedes-Benz for the presentation of these five vehicles, with each recently inspected in person by veteran experts from Mercedes-Benz Classic in Germany.
“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,” said Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions.
Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic in Stuttgart, Germany, commented, “These vehicles are historical treasures from the 1930s and the auction is a great celebration of Mercedes-Benz longevity and legacy over the past 125 years.”
Mercedes-Benz Featured at RM Auctions Monterey 2011
Other notable Mercedes entries for the 2011 RM Auctions Monterey sale include: a 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.
Beyond the auction cars, in celebration of their 125th anniversary Mercedes-Benz will showcase a number of vehicles during the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours weekend including a display of pre-war grand prix cars.
RM Auctions Monterey 2011 – Event Details
August 19, 2011 6:30pm – 11:00pm PST
August 20, 2011 6:30pm – 11:00pm PST
August 17, 2011 10:00am – 8:00pm PST
August 18, 2011 10:00am – 8:00pm PST
August 19, 2011 10:00am – 8:00pm PST
August 20, 2011 10:00am – 8:00pm PST
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
General admission is available for $40 per person for an event pass, which grants one person access to the preview days. An official auction catalog is available for an additional $120 US although it does not constitute admission to the auctions. Bidder registration is $200 and includes an official auction catalog and admission for two to the preview, reception and auction.
[Source: RM Auctions]