On the evening of 19th August 2012, the auction house at California’s Pebble Beach is silent for two long seconds – Then the sound of the gavel followed by the call ‘Sooooold’. Thunderous applause fills the auction house and the auctioneer, Chris Ross, also claps proudly and in relief. With the option of the Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster, the British auctioneer has set two world records. Firstly, he achieves the highest amount paid for Mercedes-Benz at an auction in 2012. At the same time, the car thus becomes the most expensive pre-war vehicle ever sold at an auction. The price: 11,770,000 US dollars.
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