1936 Mercedes Roadster Could Sell For $10 Million
"I Am Sure It's Going To Break Records"
From a German baroness escaping Nazis before WW2 to a dusty garage in Connecticut, the amazing 75-year journey of this one-of-a-kind Mercedes-Benz Roadster is just a part of what could help it become one of the most valuable cars of all time.
Pictured above is the 1936 Mercedes-Benz Von Krieger 540K Special Roadster, one of the rarest and most sought-after automobiles in the world, and it's about to become one of the only cars to ever sell for more than $10 million.
That's what it's expected to fetch when it goes on the auction block at California's Pebble Beach Classic Car Week later this month.
Aside from its impeccable design and engineering, the Roadster is also revered for its incredible story. Bought in Paris by socialite Baroness Gisela von Krieger for her younger brother in 1936, the car was emblazoned with the family crest.
But then in 1939, Nazis invad Paris and the von Kriegers are sent to a French internment camp. Upon being released, the Baroness and her family flee to Monaco, then Switzerland, and finally to the United States, where the car eventually ends up in a barn in Greenwich, Conn.
After Von Krieger dies as a recluse in Switzerland in 1989, the Roadster is discovered by David Gooding, the head of an auction house. He immediately recognizes the car's value and has it restored.
Now, more than 75 years since it was crafted beneath the shadow of the Third Reich, the Von Krieger Roadster is ready for a new owner. Gooding & Co. will sell the car at a public auction later this month, and they expect a price tag well over $10 million.
"I am sure it's going to break a record," Gooding says. "The last of its kind sold for around $10 million, and this is a much more significant, better, more original example. I think it's going to be well in excess of that."