A one-owner, unrestored, supercharged 'S' Type Mercedes dubbed the 'Lost Mercedes' is being billed as one of the most important finds of the last decade.
The recently discovered 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 ‘S’ Type Sports Tourer is now expected to sell for more than £1.5m when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams during the Goodwood Revival Meeting.
Sold under order number 38130, the ‘S’ Type was supplied through The British Mercedes Ltd in London to the current owner's grandfather and was bodied with lightweight fabric sports tourer bodywork by local coachbuilder Cadogan Motors. The completed car was registered for the road in May 1928.
Painted in dark battleship grey, the Mercedes has never been restored and even retains its original blue leather upholstery in its entirety.
It has been parked in the same garage since the 1930s and laid up since the 1950s.
Rupert Banner, the Bonhams specialist who secured the Mercedes, said: "At a time when motor cars in original condition and with impeccable provenance are appreciated more than ever, this one-owner car offers an unrepeatable opportunity for collectors."
The Mercedes will be exhibited at the Brooklands Double Twelve Meeting on the weekend of 16-17th June, and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Meeting from 29 June to 1 July prior to the sale at the Goodwood Revival Meeting on 15th September 2012.