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Lot 115: Mercedes-Benz 500K Replica

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

The 500K was introduced in 1934 as a replacement for the 380, and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm by motoring connoisseurs the world over; journalists spoke of 'the sheer insolence of its great power'. Germany's Autobahn programme had begun and the coveted car was one which would speed down these vast roads in style and comfort; the 500K fitted the role admirably. Thus, the days of aesthetic functionality in German automobile styling had ended; the stark and purposeful SSK was replaced by the aggressive and imposing 500K. It has often been observed that automotive design reflects the culture of the producing nation; certainly the turmoil developing in the German psyche of the mid-Thirties can be visualised today in the chrome and mass of the imposing 500K.No matter which version of the 500K you look at, the elegance of its body sends people into raptures even today. Most were bodied by the ingenious coachbuilders in Sindelfingen with only a few customers opting for bodywork tailored by independent bodybuilders to their own wishes. This delightful 500K replica on offer today is described by the vendor to be in very good overall condition. Ordered new by Judge Pickles from Harrogate, the current vendor has owned the car for the last 12 years having purchased it from Footman James. Finished in elegant white over black coachwork, with maroon interior, the 8 cylinder 5 litre Chevrolet engine is coupled with a smooth automatic transmission. Fitted with chrome finish wheels with wire wheel covers and with an MoT until May 2014, this 500k offers its new owner all the enjoyment but at a fraction of the cost. Offered with a sensible reserve.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number115
Estimate£6000-£10000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1993
Condition rating0
Registration numberDSK 837
Mileage-
Chassis numberNAR11-0066
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