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1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster / 123699 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 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K
Sold for $1,600,000 at 2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
This Mercedes 500K with bodywork by Windovers is extremely unusual. Windovers, which began to build carriages as early as 1796 in Huntingdon, England, more often bodied Rolls-Royce and Bentleys, and many Windovers-bodied cars found their way to India. Windovers produced a small number of bodies on the 500K chassis during the thirties. The 500K was available in ten unique body styles from the factory. This Mercedes 500K Kombo is a Sedanca style cabriolet. The engine is a five-liter, straight-eight supercharged M24 unit producing 160 bhp. Windovers closed in 1956 after 160 years of coachbuilding.

The three-position roadster coachwork features a raked windscreen, curved running boards, teardrop-shaped pontoon-style fenders without sidemounted spares, and fully skirted rear fenders. There are scroll-like beltline molding and a tail that tapered from the edges. The tapered fenders and long tail have often been compared to the Count Trossi Mercedes SSK.

The Mercedes was ordered by William 'Willie' Henry Rhodes-Moorhouse. It was first registered in London in December 1935 as 'CLB 858.' Willy Rhodes-Moorhouse took delivery a month later and is believed to have retained the car for some time.

The second owner of chassis no. 123699 was F.N. Foster who placed it in storage for much of the war, from September of 1939 to October of 1946. In November 1949 it was sold to the third owner, Dr. E.F. Roberts of Chiswick. Performance Cars, Ltd. It was advertised for sale in the mid-1950s and sold in December of 1957.

The British dealer Charles Howard acquired the 500 K in the early 1970s and following a complete restoration under his supervision in red and black, sold to Austrian glass magnate Werner Lutzky. Mr. Lutzky exhibited the car in his private museum at Schloss Kremsegg in Kremsmunster and apparently refinished it to all-over black late in the 1980s.

In the early 1990s, it was sold to another Austrian enthusiast, then returned to the United Kingdom as part of a significant collection a decade later.

The current caretaker acquired the car in 2006, after which RM Auto Restoration undertook an extensive cosmetic freshening that included paintwork, a new interior and convertible top. In 2007, the car was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours and at the Amelia Island Concours in 2008.



2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,600,000

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Three-Position Roadster by Windovers
Chassis#: 123699
Sold for USD$1,600,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K image  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A
Chassis#: 123779
Sold for USD$1,766,009
  2020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster
Chassis#: 105380
Sold for USD$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 USD$1,221,346
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540 K Cabriolet A by Sindelfingen
Chassis#: 105384
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$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 USD$1,418,725
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K
Sold for USD$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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Mercedes-Benz 500K Vehicle Profiles
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1934
Profile
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105391
Engine Num: 105391
Model Year: 1934
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
Mercedes-Benz 500K Tourer

Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Chassis Num: 123689
Engine Num: 123689
Model Year: 1934
Profile and Auction History

Touren Wagon
Mercedes-Benz 500K Touren Wagon

Chassis Num: 20132
Engine Num: 105355
Model Year: 1934
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster

Engine Num: 123686
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster

Model Year: 1935
Profile

Touren Wagon
Mercedes-Benz 500K Touren Wagon

Model Year: 1935
Profile
Tourer
Mercedes-Benz 500K Tourer

Coachbuilder: Mayfair Carriage Company Ltd.
Model Year: 1935
Profile
Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Model Year: 1935
Profile

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A

Chassis Num: 105379
Engine Num: 105379
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 105380
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A

Chassis Num: 105384
Engine Num: 105384
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet A
Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A

Chassis Num: 113717
Engine Num: 113717
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster

Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis Num: 123699
Engine Num: 123699
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Special Cabriolet
Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Cabriolet

Model Year: 1936
Profile

Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster

Model Year: 1936
Profile
Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster

Model Year: 1936
Profile
Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Mercedes-Benz 500K Three-Position Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Corsica
Chassis Num: 113622
Engine Num: 113622
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Touren Wagon with Factory Coachwork
Mercedes-Benz 500K Touren Wagon with Factory Coachwork

Chassis Num: 113696
Engine Num: 113696
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet Tourer A
Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet Tourer A

Coachbuilder: Sindelfingen
Chassis Num: 123724
Engine Num: 123724
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Mercedes-Benz 500K Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 130878
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton
Mercedes-Benz 500K Tourenwagen Sports Phaeton

Chassis Num: 209421
Engine Num: 123724
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History


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