1905 Mercedes Benz Simplex
1905 Mercedes Benz Simplex

A 1905 Mercedes Simplex 28/32 HPs Phaeton has sold for £720,000 including premium yesterday at Coys’ True Greats sale in London.

This Mercedes is one of the oldest surviving examples of the marque in the world today that is still complete and roadworthy. The car was bought by an overseas collector in Eastern Europe, who is a very good Coys’ private client, and will be the new addition to a well established collection.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of Coys, says “Classic cars have been a phenomenal investment and this appears to be continuing. This Mercedes, which is nearly 110 years old, could be the ultimate Christmas present that will go up in value.”

Coys next auction will be at Autosport International, the racing car show held at NEC in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 11th January 2014.


This is the first time the car will have been sold by auction in its almost 110 year history

One of the oldest Mercedes-Benz in the world, a 1905 Simplex 28/32 HPs Phaeton, is to be auctioned by Coys at their True Greats sale on December 3rd.

This Mercedes is one of the oldest surviving examples of the marquee in the world today that is still complete and roadworthy, and was for many years in the famous Mercedes-Benz collection of Mr. Arturo Keller in Napa, California, in the United States.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of Coys, said: “It is amazing to have a car that is nearly 110 years old that is so big, magnificent and powerful. It has the most imposing presence and is such an important piece of early motoring history. Many cars of this period were glorified motorised tricycles, but this represents the ultimate in Edwardian super-technology. It is fascinating to have one of the oldest surviving Mercedes in the world.”

Also going under the hammer is a 1951 Cooper 500 MK V once owned by Ken Wharton, who was the only driver to have won four successive British Hill Climb Championship titles in 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954.

The car has its original aluminium panels, seat, fuel tanks, steering wheel, period chronometric tachometer and even the diamond pattern Dunlop R1 racing tyres are supplied, all showing a wonderful patina. The period correct ‘garden gate’ Norton competition gearbox and JAP engine have reputedly had little use since an extensive rebuild.

Supplied with the car are several parts as well as a comprehensive history file containing RAC Competition Log book, VSCC Eligibility document, 2001 Goodwood scrutineer pass, various photographs, magazine articles and correspondence. This Cooper 500 MK V is estimated at £35,000 to £50,000.

Chris Routledge said: “The car truly is in wonderful original condition, which is very rarely seen nowadays. It boasts a fantastic period competition history at the hands of one of Britain’s best post war drivers and is eligible for a whole host of historic events including the Goodwood Revival. This car could be the perfect Christmas treat and would make a unique addition to any collection.”

The sale will also feature the 71st Jaguar E-Type to roll off the production line in 1961, estimated at £90,000 to £110,000; a 1929 Bentley Supercharged 4 ½ Litre estimated at £580,000 to £700,000; and the rare and only Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout ever built, estimated at £38,000 to £55,000.

Coys’ True Greats auction will be held at the Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE on Tuesday 3rd September at 1pm.

For full details of these cars and other important entries, please see

1951 Cooper 500 MK V Ex-Ken Wharton
1951 Cooper 500 MK V Ex-Ken Wharton
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