The first car to be called a Mercedes goes under the hammer, and then there’s a dummy tank.
This Mercedes-Simplex was the first car to wear the Mercedes name and tomorrow sees a rare, 1904 Mercedes-Simplex five-seater with rear entry going under Bonham’s hammer at the Quail Auction in the U.S., where it is expected to sell for between R33 and R40 million. On eBay meanwhile, another German rarity could sell for as little as R284 930 today. The ‘Panzerattrappe’ or dummy tanks were first used as tank training vehicles and later as decoys in World War 2. They were built on Germany’s answer to the Jeep — the Volkswagen Kübelwagen, which was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen and this 1932 dummy tank is as scarce as vehicles get.