1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S / 35313 Chassis Information

Boattail Speedster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis Num: 35313
Sold for $3,740,000 at 2010 Gooding & Company.
At the Nurburgring's inaugural race on June 19, 1927 the new Type S was introduced in racing form. Legendary driver Rudolf Caracciola took first, with another Type S coming in 2nd. Just one month later at the German Grand Prix, the Type S finished 1, 2 and 3. Caracciola and the Type S continued winning which attracted the attention of well-to-do customers with sporting desires.

The Type S offered 'silent streams of super-power' and 'comfort to carry you to the ends of the earth' as advertised by Mercedes-Benz. The Type S was lower, lighter and more powerful than the predecessor Model K, with a supercharged 6.8 liter, 6-cylinder engine making 180 horsepower. It was built for sport and was the most powerful automobile sold in the US at that time. Only 146 units were produced.

During its era, the Mercedes-Benz S-Type was the ultimate high-performance car. This example, chassis number 35313, was commissioned by retired railroad executive and Santa Barbara resident Albert Isham. It was delivered to Santa Barbara on May 11th of 1928. Part of the purchase price included trading in his Bugatti Grand Prix racing car. The car was then sent to Walter M. Murphy Coachbuilders in Pasadena where it received its one-off Boattail Speedster coachwork. The exterior of the car was finished in a light color, possibly gray of ivory, with darker wheels, whitewall tires, wind wings and a minimal soft top.

This car appeared in several films in the early 1930s and was owned by Zeppo and Chico Marx. It was involved in a race in 1932 where $25, 000 was bet and the Mohave Desert event was attended by many Hollywood dignitaries. It lost the race as a result of worn spark plugs.

Years later, the car was in the care of the Marx Brothers, followed by a gentleman by the name of Eddie Brewster. At some point, the car was modified, first by having the original fenders bobbed, possibly by Bohman & Schwartz, followed by several other minor changes.

By the 1970s, the S-Type had migrated north to the Bay Area.

Currently, the car is finished in white with blue pinstripes. It looks similar to the way it looked when it ran full speed along the dry lake bed in 1932. It is an undisturbed example that still has its engraved Murphy cap still be found on the pivot point on the windscreen.

Under the bonnet is a 6.8-liter, single overhead cam motor with a Roots-type blower. The interior features a two-tone, blue and white interior that is keeping with its period as a Southern California custom.

In 2010, this car was offered for sale at the Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $3,740,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2012

Chassis# 35313

2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
Sale Price : $3,740,000


Chassis number 35313 Auction Sales History

2017 1
2013 1
2012 1
2010 1
2008 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1928 sales)
Chassis#: 35323
Sold for $4,812,500
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik
Chassis#: 35949
Sold for $8,250,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 6.8-litre S-Type Four-Seat Open Tourer
Chassis#: 35906
Sold for $4,543,096
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
1928 Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster
Sold for $3,740,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-type 6.8-litre supercharged Torpedo Roadster
Sold for $3,363,278
  2008 Bonhams - Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception

No Sale

1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 Type S Sports 4 by Sindelfingen359472017 RM Sothebys : Monterey $3,500,000$4,000,000
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer359202017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $5,000,000$6,000,000
1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde by Saoutchik359492017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $6,500,000$8,000,000


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