Mercedes-Benz 500K Tourer – 1934
Marca : Mercedes-Benz
Modello : 500 K
Versione : Four-Passenger Tourer
Anno : 1934
Telaio n. : 123689
Motore n. : 123689
Esemplari prodotti : 29
Carrozzeria : Mayfair Carriage Works Ltd.
Motore : 8 Cilindri in linea
Distribuzione : OHV
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Aspirazione : Compressore
Cilindrata : 5.018 cc
Potenza : 160 CV a 3.400 giri/min
Top speed Km/h : 170
2015 – Amelia Island – Bonhams – Unsold
Upon its completion and delivery to the Baronet in July of 1935, the car was assigned UK registration BYU150. It is not known when it left the Baronet’s ownership, perhaps after his passing in 1955, but a sales advertisement by prominent London dealer Jack Bond appeared in the November 1952 issue of Motor Sport. This unique 500K surfaced in America in the early 1960s, when it was displayed in Albany, New York by Mr. Arnold Dubb. Mr. Dubb registered the car with the Classic Car Club of America, as it appears in that group’s 1967 directory. Its next owner, a Mr. David Cohen, installed a striking new interior in what was charitably described as “grapefruit pink”, which must have made a stunning combination. The next owner was a Dr. Henry A. Camperlengo, also a resident of the Albany area. Dr. Camperlengo reportedly purchased the car for $5000. The doctor retained the Mercedes until 1973, when it was acquired by well-known marque enthusiasts Paul and Barbara Karassik. Mr. Karassik – born in Russia and fluent in that language – is famed in car collector circles for his decade-long search and recovery of two long-missing 1939 Auto Union Type D Grand Prix racing cars from the old Soviet Union in the 1990s.
History records that BYU150 returned to the United Kingdom, but was purchased by Don Williams and returned to America. In late 1992, it was purchased by the late William Lassiter, Jr. of West Palm Beach, Florida, another well-regarded antique car collector. Mr. Lassiter was known for his stable of fine classics which were all driven and maintained to a high standard. In 1999, it was again sold, remaining in a family collection for over 15 years.