Autocar icons on the red carpet.
The star is in dark blue. Silver chrome elements adorn the flowing lines of the beautiful body. The convertible top is up. As the 540 K Cabriolet A from 1938 rolls across the red carpet into the auction room at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, there is nearly no one left in their seat – bidders and spectators alike are on their feet to catch a glimpse of one of the most beautiful automobiles in the almost 130-year history of Mercedes-Benz. There is no doubt about it: with lot number 119, the Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Auction 2015 has reached one of its zeniths. Malcolm Barber, the charismatic auctioneer and vice-president of Bonhams, calls his audience to order and presents the automotive icon. For a brief moment, there is silence in the room. Then comes the battle of the bidders, which is not confined to the room, with bids coming in also by phone and over the internet.