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1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S

Chassis number : 35947

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Debuting in 1927, the 'S' was an enhanced descendant of the already famous 'K' which began production two years prior. Both were designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, Mercedes' Chief Engineer. The 'S' was definitely a sporting chassis with a low center of gravity designed for spirited and competition driving purposes. In 1927 alone, the Type 'S' was responsible for 27 victories, breaking 10 records at the same time.

The supercharged overhead cam six-cylinder now displaced 6.8 liters, and produced over 180 horsepower when the blower was engaged. Twin carburetors and double ignition were enlisted to retain the power up to the maximum 3,000 RPM. Power was fed through a multiple disc clutch to a four-speed transmission and could propel the 2,800 lb. chassis to well over 100 mph. During the two-year run of 1927-1928, just 146 Type 'S' were built.

This was originally owned by Al Jolson and subsequently by noted designer Brooks Stevens. The car was purchased from Stevens by Don Williams in 1990. The car was in mint condition when purchased in 1990. In 1991 the car was completely restored by Mike Fennel Restorations.

Mercedes-Benz Model SThe 6.8-liter 'S' models were built from 1927 through 1928 and were the victorious favorites of world famous drivers. They also scored highly at international auto salons where experts proclaimed this model 'the last word in motor car design.' The Type S was the ultimate supercar of the late 1920s, driven by Barney Oldfield, Al Jolson and Harold Vanderbilt, among others.

Source - Blackhawk Collection

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2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $3,500,000-USD $4,000,000 
Lot was not sold

1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz Model S

(Data based on Model Year 1928 sales)
1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180-S-Type Supercharged Sports Tourer
Chassis#: 35920
Sold for USD$5,395,000
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S image  1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S image  
1928 MERCEDES-BENZ TYP S 26/120/180 SUPERCHARGED SPORTS TOURER
Chassis#: 35323
Sold for USD$4,812,500
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik
Chassis#: 35949
Sold for USD$8,250,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S image  1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S image  
1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 6.8-litre S-Type Four-Seat Open Tourer
Chassis#: 35906
Sold for USD$4,543,096
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1928 Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$3,740,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S image  1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S image  
1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-type 6.8-litre supercharged Torpedo Roadster
Sold for USD$3,363,278
  2008 Bonhams - Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception
 

Mercedes-Benz Model Ss That Failed To Sell At Auction

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

1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S vehicle information
Torpedo Roadster
Coachwork: Saoutchik
Chassis #: 35949
Engine #: 72151
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S vehicle information
Saoutchik Cabriolet
Coachwork: Saoutchik
Chassis #: 35964
Engine #: 72166
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: 35947
Engine #: 71819
Build #: 40647
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S vehicle information
Armbruster Roadster
Coachwork: Armbruster
Chassis #: 35213
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S vehicle information
Boattail Speedster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 35313
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S vehicle information
Touring
Coachwork: Buhne
Chassis #: 35920
Engine #: 68674