Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet Lead One of RM Sotheby’s Inaugural German Auction

Auction Continues Friday 11am at Techno Classica Essen

  • 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A sells for €2.255.000 to lead day one of RM Sotheby’s first-ever German sale
  • Additional cars from the Youngtimer Collection bring strong prices on Thursday at Techno Classica Essen
  • RM Sotheby’s Essen sale continues Friday, 12 April at 11:00am CET, headlined by the Youngtimer Collection

ESSEN, GERMANY – April 11, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  This afternoon in Essen, Germany, RM Sotheby’s held the first day of the company’s inaugural German sale at Techno Classica Essen, with more than 70 lots of diverse motor cars and collectibles offered. The Thursday auction session was led by the sale of a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A offered from a Private Swiss Collection, which achieved €2.255.000 to fall squarely within its pre-sale estimate. Featuring outstandingly handsome coachwork by Sindelfingen, the supercharged 540 K was presented in Essen having underwent a high-quality restoration and retaining its original chassis, engine, gearbox and bodywork.

Additional highlights from the well-attended Thursday auction include several iconic German collectibles: a European-delivery 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, complete with its original factory hardtop and a set of matching fitted luggage, achieved a final €893.750, while a 1996 Porsche RUF Turbo R in attractive Signal Green paintwork reached a final €230.000. A factory left-hand-drive 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV also sold well at a final €387.500.

Modern collectibles offered from the Youngtimer Collection also saw more strong interest today in Essen, with a highly desirable 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 ‘Wide-Body’ surpassing its pre-sale estimate to bring a final €149,500. Increasingly popular with collectors, the 1992 Land Rover Range Rover with only 24,000 on the clock, doubled its low estimate bringing €40,250. Continuing the trend witnessed in Amelia Island and Fort Lauderdale, a highly original 1992 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo from the Youngtimer Collection sold for a final €32,200 to eclipse its high estimate.

The 540 K led the Thursday session of RM Sotheby’s inaugural Essen auction. The sale continues Friday, 12 April beginning at 11:00am CET at Techno Classica Essen, headlined by additional lots from the much-buzzed-about Youngtimer Collection, an incredible lineup of Lancia rally greats, and sought-after modern high-performance cars. Official results will be available following the sale. For further information on the Essen auction, please visit


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