A Rich Mercedes-Benz Tradition

by Nate Torvik on August 31, 2012

There are millions of cars sold at auctions every year. Millions of dollars exchange hands for pristine, rare vehicles owned by famous mobsters, movie stars, political figures, and others in the wealthiest tiers of society. However, the 2012 Pebble Beach Car Show was a bit different. This auction had two of the most impressive Mercedes-Benz models ever on sale in an auction.

The biggest story leading up to the auction was the potential selling price of a 1936 Mercedes, which many thought might break the record for the highest selling vehicle ever at an auction. The record, held by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa, sat at $16.4 million. The Mercedes, an extremely rare 540K, only sold for $10.7 million, substantially less than what was predicted.

The Mercedes-Benz was owned by a member of the Prussian nobility, the Baroness Gisela von Krieger, in the World War II era, according to Jerry Hirsch in the Los Angeles Times. It was found in a Connecticut barn after the baroness passed away in 1989. It’s obvious from this car that Mercedes-Benz has made some of the world’s most beautiful cars, and has been doing so for a very long time.

The big story for Mercedes was winning the Best of Show award. The victorious vehicle? A 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo that beat out more than 220 other vehicles. According to autoblog.com, this was the seventh Mercedes to win this lauded award, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of car shows. The last model to win for Mercedes was a Silver Arrow back in 2001. A master of design, performance, and durability, Mercedes-Benz has been a leader in the automotive industry since it created the first car back in 1886.

The Mercedes brand lives on today in the form of the S-Class, the M-Class, and many others. The more elite vehicles, such as the SLS AMG, continue on the storied tradition of some of these older Mercedes vehicles, becoming a flagship for the brand.

You can never be too sure what the next rare Mercedes will be. Perhaps it will be the original G-Wagon, commissioned by the Shah of Iran in 1979, or any of the Mercedes-Benz models featured in the legendary James Bond movies. One thing is for certain; Mercedes-Benz will march on into the future of the automotive world, continuing to set standards, break records, and maintain their identity as one of the most elite vehicle brands in the world.

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