Now in its 33rd year, Retromobile is the most famous and desirable Collectors’ Motor Car Show of its kind in the world. Three of the most technically interesting and aesthetically beautiful European pre-war cars to feature within Bonhams’ inaugural Rétromobile Paris Sale, will be a 1928 example of the legendary supercharged Type ‘S’ Mercedes, the world’s sole surviving, privately-owned Farman dating from 1921, and a gargantuan 10.6-litre 1905 Panhard-Lavassor. Headlining the sale will be the 1928 Mercedes ‘S’ Type, estimated at Euros 2,250,000-3,250,000 ($3,300,000 – $4,750,000). The car was commissioned by Mercedes-Benz’s Paris agency to be the highlight of their stand at the annual Paris Salon, exactly 80 years ago. With bodywork by the legendary Parisian coachbuilder J Saoutchik, whose styling designs were intricate, versatile and beautiful, the car has many unique features from a disappearing hood mechanism to individual suitcases stowed behind each seat, as well as an ultra low windscreen. With such aesthetics and functionality, it is perhaps easy to see why this car has had just two owners, both in America, since new.
The other two cars that I have mentioned are estimated at Euros 500,000-600,000 for the Farman and 1905 Panhard-Levassor too.