1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A / 113717 Vehicle Information

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K photograph

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K
Cabriolet A
Chassis #: 113717
Engine #: 113717
The Mercedes-Benz 500 was the creation of engineer Dr. Hans Nibel. It featured an advanced chassis design and a powerful 5-liter engine that was capable of carrying it to speeds of 100 mph. The 'K' models employed a form of supercharging which was used as a top-end booster. Pushing the gas pedal to the floor engaged the train of gears that drove the Roots-type blower, offering 25-percent more power.

This particular example is a Cabriolet A that was ordered on February 8th of 1935, by Mercedes-Benz Ltd. of London on behalf of Herbert Gumprecht, a German national, who conducted business in England. It was ordered with Cabriolet coachwork by Mercedes Sindelfingen workshop, and was delivered on May 6th of the same year. It is one of approximately 33 examples built.

The car was first registered under Mr. Gumprecht's company in Baden, Germany and was sold in December 1938 to K.H. Downing of Newcastle, England. It then passed in March 1946 to A.G. Jones of Shrewsbury. Jones sold the car to E.U. Casinelli Ltd. a few months later. In 1951, the Mercedes suffered a minor fire to the interior, although all mechanical elements reportedly remained intact. At the end of the year, the car was acquired by S. Hobson of Stockport, Cheshire.

Dr. R. H. Johnson of Falmouth acquired the car in October of 1958. Around this time the car was repaired and painted white. By March 1962, the Mercedes had passed to a Swedish engineer living in the United States, and 20 years later it was purchased through auction in San Francisco by a German collector. After being re-imported to Europe, the 500K was sold in mid-1984 to a Swiss banker and some restoration work was begun.

Klaus Kienle of Heimerdingen, Germany acquired the car in early 1994. It was quickly sold to Dr. Ludwig Fassbender of Düsseldorf, who commissioned a full restoration that took nearly seven years to complete.

The current Swiss owner acquired the car in August of 2012. In 2014, the car was shown at Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza. It also participated in the Royal Automobile Club's 2015 1,000-Mile Trial and in Goodwood.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2016


2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$2,200,000-$2,600,000 
Lot was not sold

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 123779
Sold for $1,766,009
  2020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster
Chassis#: 105380
Sold for $5,916,336
  2016 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K 'SPECIAL ROADSTER'
Chassis#: 113688
Sold for $1,221,346
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 105384
Sold for $3,025,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 105379
Sold for $2,750,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 105380
Sold for $3,767,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Cabriolet
Chassis#: 130859
Sold for $1,418,725
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K
Sold for $1,650,000
  2006 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2006
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K CABRIOLET A1137172016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $2,200,000$2,600,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500k Cabriolet C1137152016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $550,000$650,000
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K CABRIOLET C1137152016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $620,000$930,000
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500 K CABRIOLET1236962016 Bonhams The MercedesBenz Sale $4,600,000$5,400,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500k Roadster1236862016 Motostalgia : Amelia Island Auction $1,900,000$2,250,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet by Windovers1136312012 Coys Blenheim Palace $280,000$350,000
1935 MERCEDES BENZ 500 K replicaCA9515692011 McCormicks Auction #50 Palm Springs CA$19,500  
1935 MERCEDES 500K REPLICACA9515692010 McCormick's Auction #49 Palm Springs, CA$18,500  
1935 Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 500 Landaulet10 113 5592007 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques a Monaco $300,000$400,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet B1136262005 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models $140,000$160,000
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster 2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$2,275,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Cabriolet A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105391
Engine Num: 105391
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 123689
Engine Num: 123689
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1934 Touren Wagon
Chassis Num: 20132
Engine Num: 105355
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Special Roadster
Engine Num: 123686
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 105379
Engine Num: 105379
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105380
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 105384
Engine Num: 105384
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Cabriolet A
Chassis Num: 113717
Engine Num: 113717
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 113622
Engine Num: 113622
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Touren Wagon with Factory Coachwork
Chassis Num: 113696
Engine Num: 113696
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Cabriolet Tourer A
Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 123724
Engine Num: 123724
Chassis information for the Mercedes-Benz 500K1936 Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton
Chassis Num: 209421
Engine Num: 123724


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