A mysterious vintage car bought for £500 and restored at Southward Car Museum could be worth more than $12 million, and has a shadowy tale to accompany it.
The 1938 540K Mercedes Benz will be fired up publicly for the first time since its restoration, at the museum’s Open House event on March 2.
Southward promotions and events manager Hayden Beissel said a representative from the Paraparaumu museum bought the car in 1968 in England for £500.
Any 1938 540K is rare, but this one especially so. It was built in Germany during Nazi rule, but was right hand drive, while German cars were left hand drive.