Monday, 17 September 2012

Rare 1928 Mercedes found in garage fetches nearly 3m pounds at auction

A rare 1928 Mercedes supercar, which spent 60 years gathering dust in a garage, has fetched almost 3 million pounds at an auction.

The S-Type Mercedes-Benz - the supercar of its generation that easily reached over 100mph - still runs perfectly despite being stuck in a 'time warp', and not driven since 1952.

One of the world's fastest vehicles when it rolled off the production line in 1928, the Mercedes sparked a bidding war at the Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale, the Daily Mail reported.

The car has been owned by the same family since the 1920s and went to a mystery buyer for a staggering 2,801,500 pounds - nearly double the 1.5 million pounds it had been tipped by Bonhams pre-sale.

The 680 S-Type was one of the earliest mass produced luxury sports cars and boasted an engine designed by chief engineer Professor Ferdinand Porsche.

Experts hailed the dark battleship grey convertible, which had been languishing in a lock up without seeing the light of day for 60 years, as 'an incredible find'.

The 6.8-litre fast tourer was first registered on the roads in May 1928 and unrestored cars of its type are extremely rare.

The original owner, a retired British Army officer and World War One veteran raced the car on the Brooklands motor-racing circuit in Surrey.

He went on to use the car very little before his death in 1940 when it was passed on to his son who set a new record time in the Merc for the highly unofficial open-road inter-varsity blast from Oxford to Cambridge during his time as an Oxford University student in the late 40s.

The car was then put in a lockup and it still has just 8,375 miles on the clock.

The original owner's grandson secretly removed the car from its lock-up and re-started it as a surprise for his father's 75th birthday.