The first car to be called a Mercedes goes un­der the ham­mer, and then there’s a dummy tank.

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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.

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