A 1905 Mercedes Simplex 28/32 HPs Phaeton sold for £720,000 to be runaway top-seller at Coys’ True Greats auction in London on 3 December.
Believed to be one of the oldest-surviving roadworthy Mercedes-badged cars in the world, it will soon be going to eastern Europe to be with its new owner.
Second priciest car was the 1929 supercharged Bentley 4.5 Litre that made £640,200 while a 1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona made an impressive £370k, way ahead of the ex-Peter Noone (of Herman';s Hermits) 1972 Dino 246GT that, boosted by its Ferrari Classiche certification, sold for just under £200k.
One of the most interesting lots, however, sold for 'just' £37,640. It was the 1951 Cooper 500 MkV of multiple British Hillclimb champion Ken Wharton.
Other big-hitters included a 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MkIII (£164k) and a 1934 Bentley 3.5 Open Tourer by Vanden Plas (£233k).