Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster is one of the vehicles most coveted in the brand of the star. He belonged to the family of the 500K, which were manufactured between 1934 and 1936, but with this body alone is made 29 units. Arrives to our days one of them in perfect condition, with chassis number 105380. It’s the one you can see in the images, and that will be auctioned by Bonhams the next September 3, in Chantilly (France).
But what is really peculiar of this 500K Special Roadster is not your exclusivity, but its history. This vehicle was manufactured in 1935 and shortly after it was acquired by Hans Prym, a German industrialist. After the outbreak of the Second World War, as you all know, and Prym was imprisoned in 1945. At the end of the conflict, the u.s. military appropriated his vehicle, so that the industrial would not see it never.
From that moment lost track to the car for 66 years. But in 2011, the Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster was purchased by Frans van Hare, a collector Dutch, for 2.9 million pounds (about 3,39 million euros). Shortly after, he decided to show his purchase at an event in Essen (Germany). At that time the vehicle was seized by the authorities, as the grandchildren of Prym decided to claim what they considered as theirs.
After a legal battle among the grandchildren of the rightful owner and to the ultimate buyer. The justice returned the car to the family of Prym in 2012 on the grounds that the allied troops had no right to steal it. The case is that now the 500K Special Roadster will be auctioned off and their new owner can be purchased legally. Not come cheap, since it is expected to reach a price of between 5 and 7 million euros. We will have to wait to see what happens with this exclusive car with a curious history.
Source – Bonhams