Bonhams consigns glorious 1928 S Sports Tourer
Single family ownership a certainty
There will be no ownership disputes when this extraordinary 1928 Mercedes 26/120/180 ‘S’ Type Sports Tourer rolls across the block during Bonhams’ UK Goodwood Revival auction this autumn. This recently discovered prewar titan has been in the same family ownership since purchased new in London. It has resided in the same garage its entire lifetime and has been sleeping unused since the 1950’s.
Restore or re-commission?
Once out of the current owner’s hands, the fate of this amazing ‘survivor’ will be uncertain with regard to the next owner’s decision to restore or simply refurbish the technical items for safe and reliable use. The full restoration of this significant piece of automotive history would no doubt leave students of preservation – such as your author – aghast.
Any significant restoration would render the car to a state the erudite Miles Collier has so aptly described as “historically weightless.” The fact the car is selling in England – a country with such high regard for originality and preservation – should insure its unrepeatable heritage will be preserved. Let’s hope so.
Roy Spencer, editor MercedesHeritage.comn
Photography from Bonhams