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UNDER THE HAMMER: A rare 1958 Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe was one of three classic cars sold at an auction in South Africa later in November. Image: Supplied /Stephan Welz & Co


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Cape Town - A rare 1958 Mercedes Benz 220S Coupe sold for R1.67-million in Johannesburg earlier in November 2015. The rare Mercedes was auctioned along with a 1968 Triumph TR5 P1 and a 1971 Rolls Royce Corniche.

Stephan Welz & Co car specialist, Jack Rosewitz, said: "The car sold at auction was imported into South Africa in 1958 as a special order for Mrs. Mary Oppenheimer."

Mercedes-Benz built 1251 of its 220S model in Coupe guise and several were purchased by aristocracy, famous actors and politicians.

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Another sale at the auction was a 1968 Triumph TR5 P1, sold for R631 510. Only 1161 TR5 units  were produced for the UK market and less than 3000 globally in its 13-month production run. 

Rosewitz said: “With only a handful of these cars in South Africa, the car is a real collectible.”

A 1971 Rolls Royce Corniche sold for R401 870 to a Rolls Royce/Bentley collector. The Corniche was sold in both coupe and convertible powered by a 6.75 litre V8 engine. Most of the production run was dedicated to convertibles, which makes the fixed head even more desirable for collectors.

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