A classic Mercedes described as "one of greatest and most important finds of the past decade" is expected to fetch more than £1.5 million at auction.
The 1928 Mercedes-Benz ‘S’ Type Sports Tourer was a high performance vehicle designed by the iconic Ferdinand Porsche.
Incredibly, this model has remained with the same family its entire life and hasn’t been driven on the public road for more than 60-years.
Auction house Bonhams has labelled it ‘The Lost Mercedes’ as as result of its staggering history.
Supplied new to the unnamed family through ‘The British Mercedes Ltd.’ in London, the Mercedes was registered for the road in May 1928.
The impressive vehicle, painted in dark battleship grey, will go under the hammer at the Goodwood Revival on September 15 with Bonhams expecting it to fetch in excess of £1.5 million.
Rupert Banner, from Bonhams, said: "At a time when motor cars in original condition and with impeccable provenance are appreciated more than ever, this one-owner car offers an unrepeatable opportunity for collectors."
The ‘S’ series of the 1920s, designed by Ferdinand Porsche, helped establish Mercedes as the builders of some of the world’s fastest, luxurious and high quality cars.
Under the bonnet is a 6.8-litre V8 engine which gave the Mercedes a top speed in excess of 100mph.
It made its world debut at the Nürburgring race track in 1927, where it won in the 5-Litre class and recorded the fastest time of the day at the hands of ace driver Rudy Carraciola.
The Mercedes up for auction has never been restored and has been parked in the same garage since the 1930s with its unworn 1928 logbook showing a passage of ownership within the same family throughout.
Bonhams will be showcasing the classic Mercedes at the forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed before it is sold in September.