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1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Offener Tourenwagen

123724
$1,200,000
Not sold at a high bid of
31
Lot Number
#1
Recent restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis No. 209421, Engine No. 123724. Dark green with black accents and green cloth top over beige leather. Supercharged 5018-cc, 110-160-hp L-8, 4-speed manual. Body-color wire wheels, dual sidemounts, folding windshield, depress beam headlamp, Bosch headlights, spotlight mirror, fitted luggage, semaphore signals.

Evaluation: Recent restoration | Handsome two-door, four-seat body has immense metal trunk built with a recess for the folded top. Discovered in Europe in 1951 by Dr. Ralph W.E. Cox, displayed at Winthrop Rockefeller’s Museum of Automobiles in Arkansas. Recently restored and earned second in class at Pebble Beach in 2015. Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery, and top. The engine compartment is in good order, with only a little fluid seepage. Still a concours-quality car.

Bottom Line: Sold by Bonhams in Scottsdale in 2014 from the Cox collection before the most recent restoration and showing 36,999 kilometers (22,990 miles) for $1,430,000. The odometer today shows only 37,019 kilometers (23,003 miles), about enough to drive on and off the Pebble Beach show field. The coachwork, which folds the top compactly behind and flush with the passenger tonneau, is distinct from the usual Sindelfingen Cabriolet design; if anything, it’s more attractive. Like the other classics in today’s sale, however, it fell short of the consignor’s expectations or even a reasonable bid. Collectors who have progressed to buying heavy classics are typically too experienced to be drawn into an ego-driven bidding war; they seem to make up their minds before the auction and sit on their bidding paddles (or keyboards) when their estimation of value is exceeded.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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