Ton-up Merc may sell for £900,000
ONE of the oldest Mercedes in the world, a 1905 Simplex 28/32 HPs Phaeton, is to be auctioned by Coys at its True Greats sale on Tuesday.
Manufactured in Germany and shipped to New York shortly afterwards, it is one of the oldest surviving examples of the marque and is still complete and roadworthy.
Chris Routledge, of Coys, said: “It is amazing to have a car that is nearly 110 years old that is so big, magnificent and powerful.
“It has the most imposing presence and is such an important piece of early motoring history. Many cars of this period were glorified motorised tricycles, but this represents the ultimate in Edwardian super-technology.
The experts expect it to fetch between £750,000 and £900,000.
Also going under the hammer is a 1951 Cooper 500 MK V once owned by Ken Wharton, the only driver to have won four successive British Hill Climb Championship titles, from 1951 to 1954. It is estimated at £35,000 to £50,000.
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