Pair of rare Mercedes found hidden away in garage

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Two exceptionally rare Mercedes-Benz 300s from the 1950s have been found hidden away in an old garage in Yorkshire. After decades rusting away, the cars have now been placed up for auction.

One of the cars is a 1954 Mercedes 300 B “Adenauer” Cabriolet, believed to be one of only seven right-handed editions built. It’s expected to fetch between £50,000 to £70,000 at the sale on November 15th. Slightly less expensive is its former garagemate, a 300 C “Adenauer” Saloon from 1956, which is expected to fetch a more affordable £8,000 to £12,000.

At the time of its launch in 1951, the 300 B Cabriolet cost almost double what a top-of-the-range Cadillac did. This made it one of the most expensive and exclusive cars you could buy.

The 300 marked a significant moment for Mercedes as it was one of the brand’s first all-new designs after the Second World War. When it was revealed to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show it put Mercedes-Benz back at the top-table of prestige, high quality luxury cars.

The sobriquet Adenauer is a tribute to German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who owned several W186s.

James McWilliam of auction house H&H Classics said: “To find one right-hand-drive Adenauer would be considered a triumph but to find two parked together shows that the owner knew and loved this marque with a passion.

“They would make a fabulous pair once restored, with the Saloon still capable of keeping up with modern traffic and the Cabriolet doubtless garnering more than its fair share of concours invitations.”

Both Mercedes go under the hammer at H&H Classics’ sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on November 15.

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