This month’s California class-car auction will be packed with heavy competition for highest price from Ferrari Bugatti and Bently. The surprise is that a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster is up for auction, and is capable of catching the highest price of the auction and breaking the record set by a Ferrari of $16.4 million.
“I’ve never seen so many expensive cars come up for auction at one time,” Tom Hartley Jnr., a classic auto dealer, said in an interview. “A lot of the major collectors of the last 30 years are getting old and other owners have seen prices rise and want to cash in. What happens this month is going to say a lot about the market.”
The 1936 Mercedes 540 K is one of only 30 ever made, and has been described as “the most significant and rare Mercedes-Benz to ever high the auction blocks”. It was special ordered by the aristocratic Van Kriegner family, and shipped out of Germany during the destruction of WWII.
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