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What could this automobile tell if it could only speak? The M ercedes-Benz 24/100/140 hp model K La Baule Transformable from 1926 is the oldest vehicle in the auction catalog. Daimler presented the model back in 1924. It 'survived' the merger of Daimler, Benz and Cie in 1926 and was produced until 1929. The number 24 indicated the horsepower that was taxable at the time, the number 100 stood for the power of the engine without charging. If the compressor was activated, 140 hp were briefly in it. The six-cylinder in-line engine, developed by Ferdinand Porsche, with an overhead camshaft from a displacement of 6.3 liters, got this. By the way

The French coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik equipped the Mercedes with wood panels of almost exaggerated quality, among other things.

Jacques Saoutchik? The name alone makes you sit up and take notice, as the Frenchman created some of the most exciting lines in automotive history. He dressed for example a Delahaye 175 S Roadster, a Renault 40 CV, a Rolls-Royce Phantom II or models from Hispano-Suiza. But while most of his creations are eye-catching, the Mercedes offered at the auction in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart looks a bit half-baked and not very elegant.

One reason for this is the design as a full convertible with a retractable hood construction. This requires a very high waistline in order to accommodate the complex facial expressions of the convertible top. The two-tone paintwork can only insignificantly conceal the somewhat unfortunate proportions. According to Bonhams, the 1926 model will bring in between 800,000 and 1.2 million euros at auction.

Coming under the hammer for the third editionreal treasures at the Bonhams auction.

SLR McLaren from 2009 is the 'youngest'

the 'youngest' - and one of the sleekest - in the bunch is the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 'Stirling Moss' from 2009. In the special model limited to 75 pieces, an AMG engine with eight cylinders, 24 valves, 5, 5 liters displacement and a compressor that makes 617 hp. The car was designed by the Korean designer Yoon Il-hun and is based heavily on the original SLR from 1955, with which Sir Stirling Moss won the Mille Miglia in 1955. At the auction in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the 2009 roadster is expected to bring in between 2 and 2.4 million euros.

The cars have been in family ownership for more than 40 years.

Up to 7 million euros are estimated

But that is not the end of the flagpole - one of the most expensive vehicles is a Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet from 1935. The French coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik again drew for the construction of the car, estimated at between 6 and 7 million euros responsible. The 500 K was developed for use on the German motorway network, which continued to grow in the 1930s, and was a further development of the 380 K introduced in 1932, which also featured a compressor. Only 354 copies of all body variants were built until it was replaced by the 540 K in 1936. The specimen coming up for auction has not been shown for many years and is a sensation according to Bonhams.

Real bargains are not to be expected at estimated prices in the six- to seven-figure range.

57 vehicles and various automobilia

Just two other highlights are a Mercedes-Benz 540 K Roadster (W 29), built in 1938, with a Lancefield body (2.7 to 3, 5 million euros) or a Mercedes-Benz 600 Landaulet , built in 1971, of which there are only 59 pieces. The luxury limousine restored by Mercedes-Benz Classic was also popular with stars such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Coco Chanel. Bonhams estimates between one and 1.5 million euros for the model up for auction. In addition to the vehicles, various automobilia such as paintings, leaflets and historical documents will also be auctioned. The auction starts on March 19th at 2:30 p.m. Additional information is available on the page of Bonhams.

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