Acclaimed auctioneer Bonhams, known for its strong tradition of offering some of the greatest discoveries in the collectors’ motor car field is now offering one of the most considerable Mercedes-Benz finds of the last decade, the ‘Lost Mercedes’ at its Goodwood Revival sale scheduled to be held on September 15th 2012. This recently discovered car has been described as single-owner, unrestored, and supercharged ‘S’ Type Sports Tourer 1927 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180, which has been in the same family ownership ever since it got registered for the road on May 1928. And, at a time when rare motorcars, that too in almost original condition and with absolute impeccable provenance are duly appreciated more than ever, this majestic one-owner defined as an unrepeatable buying opportunity for collectors, which was expected to sell at $2.33 million, fetched a total of $4.55 million.
Supercharger in German, the legendary Kompressor Mercedes ‘S’ series of the late 1920s, was actually responsible for re-establishing the Mercedes reputation for building fast, luxurious, high quality and glorious motorcars.
Set in a low-slung styled chassis frame and adorned with the truly iconic Mercedes-Benz ‘V’ radiator grille, its supercharged 6.8 liter engine was designed by the iconic Austrian-German automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche. Capable to run more than the speed of 100 mph, the ‘S’ was originally first seen in year 1927 at the Nürburgring, where it won in the 5-Liter class and recorded the fastest time of the day at the hands of ace-driver named Rudy Carraciola.
And, the production followed after this success, and the current owner’s grandfather, himself a pioneering British motorist, would have been one of the earliest buyers of one of these cars. Originally, the car was sold under number 38130, and was supplied through The British Mercedes Ltd. in London and was bodied with extremely light fabric sports tourer bodywork by Cadogan Motors, a local coach-builders based in London.
Originally painted in dark battleship gray color, this majestic, historic, and yet understated 1927 Mercedes-Benz motor car has never ever been restored, and even retains its originally stitched blue leather upholstery, that too in its entirety.
Further, its unworn logbook evidences a pssage of ownership within the same family throughout.
Interestingly, some of the rare Mercedes-Benz motorcar has been continuously coming on the auction blocks in the recent times. As we recently seen that Gooding and Company offered Von Krieger Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, the most significant and rare Mercedes-Benz to ever hit the auction blocks, besides the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster bought by a car collector for $3.76 million ran into controversy, as German authorities seized it in favor of the grandchildren of the car's very first owner, the known German industrialist Hans Friedrich Prym.