The item was added to your basket.


Go to checkout
Close

Benefits of being a member


We’d love to tell you more about all the wonderful events that the Vintage Sports-Car Club organises and give you access to the whole of our Vintage world, So what have you been waiting for? Join the Vintage Sports-Car Club now and enjoy full access to all the information on this website as well as to be able to compete in events, receive our superb publications and take advantage of our affiliations with Principal Associates and other supporters. To see a full list of Membership benefits please click here.
Login



Close

How do you want to enter?


Download Entry Form
Enter online
Close

Welcome to the VSCC

 

Member Login

Lost your password?

Not a member yet? Sign Up!

BECOME A MEMBER
VSCC
VSCC

News

Lot 16 - 1909 Mercedes Simplex 35hp Roi-des-Belges Tourer - 3
Wednesday 26 November 2014

AUSTRALIA'S ISIS DOWNS SHEEP FARM 'CAR OF KINGS' ARRIVES AT BONHAMS BOND STREET SALE

Bonhams Bond Street Sale continues to showcase fantastic diversity of motoring, with the latest offering an elegant 1909 Mercedes which spent its early years as a station manager’s car on remote Australian sheep farm, Isis Downs.
Perhaps the last place one would expect to find an early Mercedes vehicle advertised as “the Car of Kings” is at an isolated sheep station in Queensland, Australia. However that is where this 5.3-litre shaft-drive motor car lived for many of the early years of its life, serving as the Station Manager’s car from 1914 and remaining on the property until the early 1930s. At over a century old, the Mercedes Simplex Roi-Des-Belges Tourer is offered at an estimate £380,000-540,000.

When constantly exposed to the harsh conditions of the Australian outback, early cars suffered from numerous mechanical difficulties. The rough terrain would soon emphasise any weakness in a vehicle, therefore those brands whose cars were built with the quality to withstand the rigours of rural life, like Mercedes and Rolls-Royce, subsequently became favoured by wealthy landowners.

This 35hp Mercedes proved a wise choice and a hardy asset to those running Isis Downs, the owners keeping it in their possession for nearly twenty years. It was purchased by a neighbouring farmer in the 1930s and remained there until the 1960s, when it was rescued and restored. Despite being more than a century old, the car has had only five owners since new.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said, “This Mercedes has a tremendous history, having started its life driving across Australia's wildest outback over 100 years ago. Still in working order it retains its original features, and has the honour of being quite possibly the world’s oldest shaft-driven 35 hp Mercedes. A wonderful entrant for Bonhams Bond Street Sale."

Bonhams Bond Street Sale takes place at Bonhams London headquarters on Sunday 30 November; for more information (CLICK HERE).
VSCC

LATEST EVENTS

The Measham Rally

20 Jan 2018

Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 5QS

The New Year Driving Tests

28 Jan 2018

Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN

Exmoor Fringe Trial

17 Feb 2018

The Pomeroy Trophy Competition

24 Feb 2018

John Harris Trial

03 Mar 2018

LC&ES Welsh W'end Trial

24 Mar 2018