1935 Mercedes-Benz barn find could be yours for just over $400k
But is it worth it?
We often come across stories about a "rare barn find" that sold for a hundred million and what strikes me the most is that these things happen frequently. You need a complex and long combination of events for that to happen because it means the owner of the car forgot about it, for some reason, and everybody around him, including friends and family, also did nothing about it. That's odd, if you think about it. But whatever, these things happen and the last "barn find" is currently available for a little over 400,000 dollars.
It's a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 with coachwork by Sindelfingen. A French wine maker purchased it new, custom made, in 1935 but then came the war and the car was barely used and abandoned until 1957, when an American working in France bought it from a mechanic in Arles for about 200 dollars. Amazingly, legend has it the new owner drove it all the way across France, Switzerland and Germany to have it inspected by Mercedes-Benz engineers in Frankfurt, before importing the car to New York, and then Baltimore.
The car is currently available for sale from Gullwing Motor Cars in New York, yours for $449,500. It's a lot of money, and the car needs a lot of work, so I'm not sure it's worth it. What do you say?