Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 31th December,
A 1959 BMW 507 Series II, estimate US$1,900,00 – 2,300,000),
arguably the most collectible and coveted BMW to date, will lead
a Teutonic trio of newly consigned collectors’ convertibles
crossing the block at the forthcoming 10th anniversary Bonhams
Scottsdale Auction on 21 January.
The 507 will assemble at the Westin Kierland Resort with the
pinnacle of pre-war Mercedes-Benz motor cars, a 1939 540K
Special Cabriolet A with coachwork by Sindelfingen, (estimate
on request) and a 1956 300 Sc Roadster, (estimate
US$775,000 – 875,000) considered the most desirable post-war
The Scottsdale Auction will offer 37 carefully curated collectors’ cars, representing more than a century of
European and American automotive history. Leading the more contemporary fare is an as new 2018 Aston
Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, estimate US$500,000 – 700,000, which would enhance any modern
In many ways the successor to the 540K, the 300 series was one of the first all new post-war designs from
Mercedes-Benz. The epitome of luxury, it was a more expensive model than the 300SL, with only 200
examples of the range-topping fuel-injected Sc model produced, of which 53 were in the most desirable
Another 1950s German sportscar aimed at the US market was Porsche’s limited production 356 Speedster.
With its low raked windshield, lightweight bucket seats and 100 mph performance, it was an instant success
in the growing American sports car racing scene.
I1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster
Designed to rival Mercedes’ 300SL, the 507 was BMW’s flagship sportscar of the 1950s and, at the time, the
most expensive produced by the Bavarian firm – a reality which kept production numbers to a low total of just
253. Its exclusivity and price tag appealed to celebrities and car aficionados with Elvis Presley, Ursula
Andress and the Aga Khan among its owners.
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1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet A