Ton-up Merc may sell for £900,000

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

Fred­eric Manby

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