Rare Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster Goes to Auction
It’s not every day you hear about one of the rarest cars ever made going to auction, but today is one of those days! A Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster is one of the rarest models ever built by the German automaker, but this particular model is even more special. With a limited run and a controversial history behind it, this model is expected to go for quite a pretty penny.
Bonhams is handling the sale of the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster and is expecting it to fetch anywhere from $5.6 million to $7.8 million. While the page itself is in French, we here at Dick Dyer Mercedes have a few interesting details.
Only 342 Mercedes-Benz 500Ks were built and only 29 of them were the 500K Special Roadster. This particular model was built for Hans Prym, a German industrialist, but disappeared shortly after World War II. The car later turned up in the United States and was sold in 2011 for $3.7 million to Dutch enthusiast Frans van Haren.
In another interesting twist, German authorities seized the car when van Haren tried to bring it to the Techno Classica Car Show. A Hamburg court ruled that the classic car had to be returned to the original owner’s heirs. That brings us to today with the car heading to auction once again!