Anonymous collector sells 74-strong Mercedes collection worth £20 million

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Anonymous collector sells 74-strong Mercedes collection worth £20 million

A collection of 74 classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles will go under the hammer later this month and the haul of exotic metal could fetch up to £20 million.

The collection spans a century of Mercedes-Benz vehicle production and it is to be sold by an 'anonymous European collector' who clearly wishes to create some space in a very large garage.

Rare gems - including two 1938 Mercedes 540K cabrios which could sell for £1.3 million and £2.5 million each – make up an astonishing collection that includes everything from a replica of the world's first car to an ambulance.

Petrolheads will be salivating over the thought of owning a glorious Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, with this particular mint condition example expected to fetch a cool £900,000.

Peter Wallman, car specialist at RM Auctions, said: "As with all collections of this size, there is a car to suit everyone - pre-war, post-war, open or closed, two door, four door, supercharged, normally aspirated, large cars, or small cars."

It is thought that the overall collection could easily become the most valuable car auction to take place in Europe with the sheer range of collectibles likely to prove too much of a temptation for keen vintage car enthusiasts.

On top of the £19 million Mercedes collection, RM Auctions is also offering a £17 million haul of sports cars owned by Lord Laidlaw alongside Ferraris, Rolls-Royces and James Bond's submarine car.

The overall sales could be in excess of £40 million, which would surpass the record-breaking £36 million figure achieved by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.

The fantastic auction takes place in London on September 8-9. Interested parties are urged to contact RM Auctions for details on the top-secret venue.