Coys True Greats Auction on December 3rd will offer one of the most special items ever to hit the auction block. It’s a 1905 Simplex 28/32 HPs Phaeton, the oldest surviving Mercedes-Benz model in the world, belonging to the famous Mercedes-Benz collection of Mr. Arturo Keller of Napa, California.
It is the first time in the car’s 110-year history that it’s going to be offered at an auction. The big and magnificent vehicle is described as complete and roadworthy, but no more details have been revealed. But on the looks alone, the Phaeton is guaranteed to be a record breaker.
Also going under the hammer at Coys True Greats Auction is a 1951 Cooper 500 MK V once owned by Ken Wharton, who was the only driver to have won four successive British Hill Climb Championship titles in 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954. The car features original aluminium panels, seat, fuel tanks, steering wheel, period chronometric tachometer and even the diamond pattern Dunlop R1 racing tyres.
The sale will also feature the 71st Jaguar E-Type to roll off the production line in 1961, estimated at £90,000 to £110,000; a 1929 Bentley Supercharged 4 ½ Litre estimated at £580,000 to £700,000; and the rare and only Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout ever built, estimated at £38,000 to £55,000.