on November 5 & 6 in the Ladenburg Auction House


on November 27 in the Auto Museum Dr. Carl Benz in Ladenburg


In just a few weeks, the auction house Seidel & Friedrich will hold its second auction of the year 2010. For ten years now, unique historical documents related to automobiles and motorcycles have been auctioned here.

In addition to the usual offering of rare catalogues, brochures and posters, numerous original illustrations by the artists Hans Liska and Walter Gotschke will also go under the hammer.

More than 60 gouache pictures, which were used primarily for advertising strategies, will delight "Mercedes enthusiasts".

A vernissage, in which these rare objects will be shown for the first time to a wider public, will be held on October 22, 2010 in the Auto Museum Dr. Carl Benz in Ladenburg. Further information will soon be available on the websites and

Anyone not yet familiar with the name Helmut Fath should keep reading to learn at least a little about his unique achievement in the field of motorcycle racing. Born in 1929 in Ursenbach, not far from Ladenburg, Fath started racing at an early age on a 250 ccm BMW. In 1948 he built his first sidecar outfit, and 8 years later Fath became the best private driver in the 1956 World Championship with his BMW 500 ccm "Kneeler", a machine of his own design and manufacture.

As a result of continuous development he and his partner Alfred Wohlgemuth were able to win the 1960 Sidecar World Championship. A tragic accident ended Fath's career in 1961 and he sold all of his equipment. But that was not the end: in 1968, with his home-built URS outfit, he became second time world champion; many trophies, photos and certificates provide evidence of this unique motorsport career.

A further bit of motorsport history is "illuminated" by Hans Schuller. The Mercedes Benz 300 SL prototype (W 194) with chassis number 00006/52, which he purchased privately in 1962 and used in many races, has been a source of mystery for many years. 57 original pictures of the vehicle and a letter from the Daimler Benz Company from the year 1961 shed some light on the situation, as do photo albums and trophies from the years 1962-1972.

Numerous 8 and 16 mm racing movies from the years 1926-1972, a large collection of enamel signs and other high-value items such as photo albums, trophies and documents round out the extensive offering.

The special Mercedes auction in the Auto Museum Dr. Carl Benz in Ladenburg also contains numerous rare automobilia objects. These include merger documents from the years 1925-1928, rare sales brochures from the Mercedes Benz compressor era, catalogues from Benz & Co. and the Daimler Motor Company, as well as owner's manuals and replacement parts catalogues for rare vehicles.

Additional items are currently being received and prepared for the auction.

A catalogue is available for a fee of 15 € at the address below.

For further information:

Automobilia Auktion Ladenburg
Seidel & Friedrich GdbR
Lustgartenstraße 6
68526 Ladenburg

Tel.: 0049(0)6203-957777
0049(0)6203-17 19 3


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