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Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster may break auction record
AutoWeek.com ^ | 6/14/2012 | Graham Kozak

Posted on 08/17/2012 7:51:54 AM PDT by Daffynition

According to the T Magazine article, the 540K was purchased new by the family of the Prussian Baroness Gisela Josephine von Krieger. It accompanied the baroness when she lived in London and France, and it stayed with her when she fled the Nazis to Monaco and Switzerland.

The car also followed the baroness across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary after she moved to New York following World War II. It did not, however make it back to Europe when she returned to Switzerland in 1959.

In 1992, the Mercedes was discovered stored away in a Connecticut warehouse. It was in remarkable condition with all of the original body panels intact, but it has since been fully restored.

To break the record for a car sold at auction, Gooding will have to outdo himself: Last year, his company sold a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa for a chart-topping $16,390,000 at Pebble Beach.

Even so, Gooding's prediction may not be that far-fetched. A similar 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster broke into the top 10 most expensive cars sold at auction last year. That car went for $9,680,000 at RM Auctions' Monterey event—but that nearly eight-figure purchase price didn't buy the enchanting history that accompanies Baroness von Krieger's Benz.

(Excerpt) Read more at autoweek.com ...


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1 posted on 08/17/2012 7:51:58 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

When cars where machines and not electric ovens.


2 posted on 08/17/2012 7:57:19 AM PDT by roylene (Salvation the great Gift of Grace.)
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To: Daffynition

That is one gorgeous car.

I still like the looks of the more standard 1920s and 1930s cars better.


3 posted on 08/17/2012 7:58:15 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: shaggy eel
Look what I found stored in my garage.... :D


4 posted on 08/17/2012 8:01:08 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

I need a raise.


5 posted on 08/17/2012 8:08:47 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: yarddog
The other night, NatGeo had a program about the Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach. This event is for such a small, exclusive number of collectors.

One collector they interviewed said something like, **Picture Niagara Falls with money flowing like water. There is no amount of money and effort that high-end collectors will go to, to win a Best in Show at Pebble Beach.**

This car's provenance will make it very unique.


6 posted on 08/17/2012 8:09:01 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: roylene

LOL. When my mother passed away, her stuff was in storage in huge warehouse owned by a large moving company. When we went to the warehouse to dispense with the stuff, I was amazed at the large number of incredible old cars in the warehouse covered with years of layers of dust.

I’m sure there are many *treasures* out there waiting to be *found.*


7 posted on 08/17/2012 8:13:50 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Gorgeous. Me want one. SIGH.


8 posted on 08/17/2012 8:35:19 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Daffynition

Eigengewicht 2350 Kg = Curb Weight 5,170 lbs. Wow.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 8:40:23 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Every Kg dripping elegance. :)


10 posted on 08/17/2012 8:48:43 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

An Escalade has a curb weight of 5600 lbs. it is a big car.


11 posted on 08/17/2012 8:51:30 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Amberdawn
IIRC, the Best of Show has always been a pre-WW II auto.

Last years winner, a 1934 Voisin C-25:


12 posted on 08/17/2012 8:52:25 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Isn’t there a kit car on a corvette chassis of this car?


13 posted on 08/17/2012 9:09:20 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: roylene

I built a model of that thing in my late teens. IMO, arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever made.


14 posted on 08/17/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Daffynition

One can reasonably assume that the villain’s car in Captain America was based on this design. Those Nazi’s made some pretty good stuff. One of those stopped clock things, I suppose.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 9:12:54 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

One of my buddies works at a local and old refinery. He told me there’s spots in the refinery where the valves have swastikas on them, being from pre-war Nazi Germany, still turning the fluids on and off.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 10:26:34 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Daffynition
Any pictures of the Baroness when she was younger? Imagine the guys she probably attracted with the car alone...

Cars like this are not usually my cup of tea, but oh boy this is nice...

17 posted on 08/17/2012 10:31:02 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Daffynition

Cars then had such STYLE. Now they only go for aerodynamics. Blah. Give me an old Cord or Deusenberg.


18 posted on 08/17/2012 12:44:20 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: cuban leaf
Mercedes Benz 1939 G4:


19 posted on 08/17/2012 12:57:11 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: School of Rational Thought

Probably...even a kit car is sooooo far outta my league. :D


20 posted on 08/17/2012 6:39:18 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: taildragger

I gave this car and the baroness some thought today, after posting this article. She made the conscious effort to save herself and this bit of ostenaciousness while millions died in horror. I dunno. Very Ayn Randish.

21 posted on 08/17/2012 6:44:25 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends....


22 posted on 08/17/2012 6:47:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Daffynition

Well, they won’t be found in my storage either. I’m at the tail-end of clearing away my parent’s and grandparent’s stuff. While my gentleman friend and I enjoy plowing our way through the “Lovejoy” series, I think lifting the lid on another box of “treasures” would just about do me in. Afraid there were no dusty Daimlers in the garage; just an ‘88 Dodge Caravan that went to charity.


23 posted on 08/17/2012 8:54:44 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: floralamiss

My sympathies. Been there, done that.

In the end it’s just stuff and it can weigh you down...it begins to own you. I went through my stuff and down-sized. If it was not beautiful or useful....it went. Three sets [for 12] of family sterling silver ...beaucoup china and enough linens to stock an embassy. All gone to people who would like them more than me...coz I don’t entertain in any grand scale like I used to. :)


24 posted on 08/17/2012 9:45:17 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: dfwgator
Janis' *Porsh-E*


25 posted on 08/17/2012 9:48:38 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Way to go, Daffy!


26 posted on 08/18/2012 2:21:31 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: roylene; SMARTY; Amberdawn; central_va; School of Rational Thought; cuban leaf; Axenolith; ...
FYI guys...Looks as if the Benz auction selling price broke records.

A cool $11,770,000.

27 posted on 08/22/2012 4:21:43 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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