Part of the collection of the late Swiss enthusiast Peter F. Baumberger, a gentleman racer in his day and founder of the Switzerland's Ferrari club, this '62 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is about as desirable as they come. It's in pristine condition and is one of just 209 examples built with the sought-after aluminum engine. It's also one of 19 cars in Baumberger's collection slated to cross the Bonhams auction block on August 20 in Gstaad, Switzerland.
Baumberger's diverse collection also includes a new Ferrari California and a highly-desirable 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Carrera, a favorite among Porschephiles. Both of those will be up for grabs as well, but the Benz roadster will undoubtedly be the most desirable, with pre-sale estimates valuing it at around half a million dollars. Have a closer look in the high-res image gallery below, and check out Bonhams' press release after the jump.
ALL CARS TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER WITHOUT RESERVE
An exceptional 19-strong motor car collection which belonged to the late Swiss gentleman driver and car collector, Peter F Baumberger (1925-2009), is to be sold by Bonhams at the Gstaad Palace Hotel, Switzerland on 20 August 2010. All motor cars will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.
Headlining the sale is a 1962 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster, one of the final 209 cars built which featured the ultra-desirable aluminium engine. Fascinatingly, this example was dispatched new to Kuwait painted in blue-grey with a cream trim. It has a keen pre-sale estimate of CHF 400,000 – 600,000.
Highlights also include a classic 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Carrera (estimate CHF 100,000 – 140,000); and modern high performance cars such as a 2009 Ferrari California (estimate CHF 220,000 – 250,000) and a 1996 Bentley Continental T (estimate CHF 80,000 – 100,000).
Baumberger became passionate about motor cars at an early age. He began motor racing in 1955 with a Porsche 1600, and went on to race a Jaguar XK120, a Lotus (six of which he ordered from Colin Chapman in 1958), and a Lancia Appia Zagato. He had a particular fondness for Ferraris, and in 1966 bought three new Ferrari 275GTB/4s for himself and his two stepsons to race. In 1972 he became a founding member of the Swiss Ferrari club. In recent years, Baumberger was a familiar father figure at motor events including the Tour Auto and Tour du Maroc. As well as a keen involvement in motorsport, he held board positions with companies including Lindt chocolate and Swatch, while his career started as MD and Vice President of RCA Overseas in America.
Simon Kidston of Kidston SA, the Baumberger family's agent, under whose instruction Bonhams is conducting the sale, says: "Peter was a good friend and a generous host. Although it's sad to see his collection dispersed, he loved sharing his passion and would have wanted that his cars continue to give pleasure to others."