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Autocar icons on the red carpet.
The star is in dark blue. Silver chrome elements adorn the flowing lines of the beautiful body. The convertible top is up. As the 540 K Cabriolet A from 1938 rolls across the red carpet into the auction room at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, there is nearly no-one left in their seat – bidders and spectators alike are on their feet to catch a glimpse of one of the most beautiful automobiles in the almost 130-year history of Mercedes-Benz. There is no doubt about it: with lot number 119, the Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Auction 2015 has reached one of its zeniths. Malcolm Barber, the charismatic auctioneer and vice-president of Bonhams, calls his audience to order and presents the automotive icon. For a brief moment, there is silence in the room. Then comes the battle of the bidders, which is not confined to the room, with bids coming in also by phone and over the internet.
Sold for 2,76 million euros.
Two hours before: in the entrance to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, we meet a couple of bidders. They are hoping to buy the 540 K Cabriolet A and a 220 S “Ponton” Cabriolet. “On behalf of clients,” they tell us. Both of them are optimistic: “The two vehicles will be hard fought over. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the room afterwards.” Their British companion adds jokingly: “Perhaps we’ll just buy a cheap car to get me home. I’ve come on the train.”
The Mercedes-Benz W 540 K in front of the building of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.
Unfortunately, pulling out just before the highest bid, the likeable pair ultimately fail in their quest to take home the star of the show. The 540 K Cabriolet A stands at 2,760,000 euros (including premium) as Malcolm Barber brings down his hammer on his wooden desk.
A 1960 300 SL Roadster previously owned by the industrial magnate Alfried Krupp.
“The vehicle is even more original than me.”
In addition to the 540 K Cabriolet A, there were numerous other highlights from Mercedes-Benz’s past to admire and bid for, with a total of 43 vehicles at the venue. Also there is a 1960 300 SL Roadster previously owned by the industrial Alfried Krupp. The SL is in excellent condition – nothing has been altered on the vehicle since it left the factory. “This car is even more original than me,” jokes Malcolm Barber with his British humour. The audience laughs. In the end, the dream roadster fetches 1,121,250 euros (including premium). Further highlights on offer include a Mercedes-Benz Mannheim cabriolet from 1931 and a 300 S Cabriolet A from 1954, one of just 203 that were built.
 

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Thank you Berliner Heckflosse, that 1960 300 SL is so achingly lovely, even better than an SLK (please forgive the heresy!) :smile:
 
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