The Benz Ideal was an early development of the original, groundbreaking combustion-engined motor car, the Vélocipede (commonly known as the Velo). The impressively restored Ideal featured in Bonhams sale dates back to 1900. Its estimate is €230,000-280,000 (£170,000-200,000).
It is believed to have been sold new in the U.K. through British Benz Agents, Hewetson’s Ltd. and still wears its brass supplier’s plaque confirming this.
From its very earliest days the car was registered in Shropshire, UK, and it was in this area of the British Isles that it was found in the 1950s. Its discoverers, Ralph Wilde and Jack Moor, subsequently restored the car and it remained in Moor’s family for more than 50 years before coming into the present ownership.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motorcars, said:
“A regular entrant and successful finisher on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, this definitive Patent Motorwagen is now 115 years old and going strong – a testament to the strong foundations of Mercedes-Benz engineering.”
Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale will take place at 14:30 on 28 March in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany. The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer, with a total of 1,500 unique exhibits featured in the museum.
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