"Masterpiece" Mercedes could top $8 million at RM Sotheby's

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2017-04-07 13:39:16

A unique pre-war Mercedes described as a "true design masterpiece" is amongst the highlights of RM Sotheby's forthcoming Villa Erba sale.

The boutique auction, which takes place in Italy on the picturesque shores of Lake Como, will offer collectors the chance to bid on 50 hand-picked motor cars which represent the finest in automotive design. 

The star of the show will be the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde, one of the most renowned restorations of recent years which has swept the boards at concours events around the world.

Featuring coachwork by French company Sauotchik, the car was one of just three examples ever constructed, and today remains the sole survivor.

Having made its debut at the 1929 New York Auto Salon, chassis 35949was purchased by Frederick Henry Bedford Jr., the director of Standard Oil, and spent 75 years in his family's collection.

(Images: RM Sotheby

(Images: RM Sotheby's)

The car represents the perfect combination of German engineering and French style, from its swooping front fenders with highly polished German Silver trim, to its disappearing convertible top and reptile skin interior.

In 2008 the car was acquired by Paul and Chris Andrews, and underwent a body-off restoration. The result was a multi-award-winning vehicle which achieved Best of Show at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, First in Class at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, and the Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Now the show-stopping vehicle is heading to the auction block in Italy, where it's expected to sell for €6,500,000 - €8,000,000 ($6.9-$8.4 million).

"It's a distinct honor to present this very special Mercedes-Benz at our Lake Como sale," said Shelby Myers, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s.

"A true show-stopper, not only is it one of the most stunning automobiles to ever wear the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star, but also one of the most memorable concours starlets of the 21st century, making it a perfect fit to the Concorso d’Eleganza weekend.

"It's also a terrific candidate for long-distance touring. If you’re in the market for a car that offers a sensational blend of style and performance, it doesn’t get much better than this!"

The RM Sotheby's Villa Erba sale takes place on May 27.

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