Viktor Knavs’ 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Coupe

There is a good chance you have no idea who Viktor Knvas is. Don’t worry – I didn’t either until researching this car. There is probably also a good chance you might be hearing a little more about Mr. Knvas when his son-in-law is inaugurated into the White House in next month. Yes, this car was owned by the father of the future First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump. So, if you find obscure political memorabilia appealing (or just like a really nice W111 coupe) let’s check out this 1962 220SE.

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Year: 1962
Model: 220SE Coupe
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 82,000 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This car was purchased in Slovenia from Mr. Viktor Knavs (Knauss), Donald Trump`s father-in-law. Several years ago this vehicle was imported from the U.S. (New York) to Slovenia and has a clear Slovene title, which states Mr. Knavs as the former owner.

Seller’s Description:Mercedes Benz 220 SE coupe in a good original condition! This beautiful example has 82000 Miles . Body in a very good overall condition, all original and non welded. Beautiful blue full leather interior.. Mechanically good and therefore in a solid working and driving condition. Underside very good original condition, body splendid overall. Has only been resprayed a couple of years ago due to cosmetic reasons.

This a private party sale. This sale is sold in as-is condition.
No refunds of any kind.

I reserve the right to end this auction without notice and sell to a private party.

Please ask any and all questions before bidding on this vehicle.

Political associations aside, this W111 coupe looks great in its 903 Blau paint even with what seems like a rather sloppy respray. These blues always show extremely well on the long coupes and this one is no exception. Inside, the car has the wonderful wood speedometer cover that I think is a must if you are looking to buy one of these cars. The dash does have a slight flaw that causes the leather to twist but I wouldn’t say it’s a deal breaker. Interesting to note on this SEb is that it was a U.S. car that was exported to Slovenia, but according to the seller it’s now in southern Germany.

As far as price goes, do I think the value is enhanced because of it’s previous owner? Probably not. Maybe if it was owned by Melania herself it would move the needle. But with the car being in Europe now I’m sure potential buyers are more concerned about the actual condition rather than the prior owner. The auction currently sits at $33,000 with no action and I don’t expect anyone to bid. That price is on the middle ground of what W111 coupes trade at and this car probably doesn’t warrant that. I suppose the seller threw it on eBay hoping to catch the eye of a Mercedes fanatic who also has an eye for presidential memorabilia — which I think is probably a long shot.

– Andrew

 

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