Mercedes-Benz convertible to raise funds for Paris trauma charity
A vintage Mercedes-Benz convertible will be sold to raise funds for charity at the upcoming Bonhams Grand Palais sale in Paris.
The stylish 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible has been donated to the auction by Jim Byrnes, an Australian citizen of French descent and Chairman of BMT Restoration Inc., a leading restorer of European cars.
The car, a phenomenal success in the U.S market which combined touring comfort with a "sex on wheels" appearance, will be offered with an estimate of €80,000-€100,000 ($87,252-$109,065).
All proceeds from the sale will benefit AP-HP, a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting post-trauma research.
"Following the events in Paris on 13th November, people around the world have showed their solidarity with France by supporting Parisian hospitals," said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring.
"Mr. Byrnes is showing such generosity, having approached Bonhams to auction his 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible in support of post-trauma research. The motor car is a wonderful and timely addition to the Grand Palais sale."
Fondation de l'Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) relies entirely on private donations for its funding. Since the tragic attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015, the AP-HP has taken in more than 900 people, including those that have suffered severe psychological trauma.
"There is a gift in giving," said Mr. Byrnes. "Combining my love of classic cars with this donation to a worthy cause, I hope that in some small way we will be able to help the people who need it most following this atrocity."
Bonhams Grand Palais Sale takes place in Paris on 4 February.
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