RM Auctions Monterey 2011 – Auction Preview Page Two
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A - Estimate unvailable. Chassis 130945 is one of a limited few transitional 500 K – 540 K Sport Cabriolet A models. Featuring the then-newly introduced 540 K motor, it was delivered to its first owner, Maria Leyder of Stuttgart in 1936, eventually making its way to the United States following the war. Today, the subject of a 100-point restoration, it has received numerous awards on the show field, including at Pebble Beach and Forest Grove. In addition, it has successfully competed twice in the Monte Carlo Historic Rally, finishing first place in both 1991 and 1994.
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster - Estimate $4,000,000 – $5,000,000. Chassis 105380 represents an example from the top of Mercedes’ product offering in the mid-30s. Completed in February 1935, 105380 was immediately shipped to Berlin where it was displayed as the centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz stand at the Berlin Motor Show. Soon after, it was sold to its first owner, Hans Friedrich Prym, eventually passing through a succession of respected and well-known collectors. Offered in its red paint and tan leather interior, it is offered from the Lyon Family Collection, where it has been assiduously maintained for many years.
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Coupe - Estimate $3,250,000 - $4,500,000. Displayed at the Paris Salon in 1936, chassis 130944 is another example of Sindelfingen’s creativity and style. One of a limited few coupes built on the Mercedes-Benz 540 K chassis, its dramatic coachwork and styling features saw it shine as one of the standout features at the Paris Salon that year. Following the display, 130944 was sold to its first owner, Jean-Claude Solvay of the Belgian chemical company dynasty, eventually making its way to the United States in the 1960s. Today, just four owners from new, its upcoming sale, complete with a copy of its original build sheet, represents a rare ownership opportunity for discerning collectors.
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster - Estimate $3,500,000 – $4,500,000. Featuring one-off ‘Spezial’ coachwork, chassis 408383 is an illustration of Mercedes-Benz’s most desirable eight-cylinder model. Specially commissioned by the Horn Brothers, proprietors of an exclusive boutique in Berlin, it differs from other 540 Ks through its range of unique styling cues, including teardrop fenders and tapered rear deck. As a late example of the 540 K, it also features a five-speed transmission with overdrive fifth speed, as introduced by Mercedes-Benz in 1939. Beyond its unusual attributes, 408383 boasts a fascinating history. After going into hibernation during World War II, it eventually resurfaced in the Soviet Union during the late 1960s where it had been stored at a Soviet Generals’ summer house. A numbers-matching example, it is presented in its correct shade of black and is considered a bridge between the classic Mercedes-Benz 540 K and the company’s more modern, streamlined concepts of the fifties.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster - Estimate unavailable. 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.
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport - Estimate $850,000 - $950,000. Original 5th Series Zagato aluminum coachwork; rare body-style produced with a fully-disappearing top and larger tail compartment.
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback - Estimate $850,000 - $1,000,000. One of 193 Fastback Continentals; one of only 43 delivered with left-hand drive; bought new by Laurence Rockefeller as a gift to his wife Mary French Rockefeller; fastest production car of its time.
1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato – Estimate $60,000-$80,000.
1935 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid Roadster - Estimate $1,000,000 - $1,200,000. Specially commissioned by flamboyant Swiss collector, Mr. Jules Aellen, chassis number 57260 was completed just in time for Aellen and his wife to show the car at the second Concours d’Elegance at Montreux on Lake Geneva in Spring 1935, where it won the Grand Prix d’Honneur. In 2005, 57260 was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it secured 2nd in Class.
1932 Packard 904 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton - Estimate $1,000,000 - $1,400,000. From the Lyon Family Collection; custom body by Dietrich; one of only two examples known on the 904 chassis; formerly Otis Chandler Collection.
1911 Simplex Model 50 Four-Passenger Tourabout - Estimate $650,000 - $850,000. From the Lyon Family Collection; one of about 250 50-hp examples built; ex-Harrah Collection; known ownership since 1930.
1965 Mercer-Cobra Roadster - Estimate $800,000 - $1,200,000. Interpretation of a Mercer Raceabout, built by Carrozzeria Sibona-Basano on Cobra chassis CSX2451; part of Lyon Family Collection since 1989; commissioned by the Copper Development Association from Virgil Exner’s designs in Esquire; documented in Shelby American World Registry with chassis sold new through Shelby American; profiled in Automobile Quarterly (1964).