Mercedes duo discovered after decades in storage
Two super-rare right-hand-drive Mercedes Benz 300s have been unearthed in Yorkshire and are going up for auction.
The first is a dark blue 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 B Adenauer Cabriolet, and is one of just seven ever made in right-hand-drive.
Despite being locked away in slumber for several decades, the bodywork is in remarkably good condition, as is the leather inside the cabin.
When it was launched in 1951 it was one of the most exclusive and expensive cars on the road, costing the equivalent of two Cadillacs, which in themselves were luxury cars for the period.
Another very important aspect about this car is its design. After the Second World War this was the first all-new Mercedes-Benz. It came as standard with a 3.0-litre straight-six-cylinder engine that produced between 115bhp and 123bhp.
Thanks to its rarity, it will go to auction later this month with an estimate of between £50,000 to £70,000.
It was given the Adenauer title after the German Chancellor of the period, who owned several 300s.
The second car is a 1956 300 C saloon finished in white. This car is slightly unusual as it has a large rear window, an optional extra of the time.
Inside it is finished with a deep red leather and lashings of wood – typical of luxury cars at the time.
This car is in a slightly more "frail" condition and needs restoration. And although rare, it is slightly more common than the 300 B. Therefore its price reflects this, with an estimate of between £8,000 to £12,000.
H&H Classics James McWilliam, said: "To find one right-hand-drive Adenauer would be considered a triumph but to find two parked together shows that the owner knew and loved this marque with a passion.
"They would make a fabulous pair once restored, with the saloon still capable of keeping up with modern traffic and the cabriolet doubtless garnering more than its fair share of concours invitations."
The auction takes place on November 15 at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.