1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing

Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2012 – Auction Results

Gooding & Company held its 2012 Scottsdale Auction event on January 20-21 at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, resulting in $39.8 million in total sales and a 98% sales rate.

Gooding offered 118 lots for sale in Scottsdale, with top sale going to the alloy-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that sold for a world-record $4,620,000. The Mercedes was joined by a dozen other record-breaking sales, including the 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer at $2,145,000, the 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder that sold for $880,000 and the 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe that brought $2,640,000.

The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing is an matching-numbers example, one of only 29 alloy bodied models in existence. While they rarely come to market, the price paid stunned the onlookers as it soared past the pre-sale estimate of $2,500,000 to $3,000,000. The results represented the most valuable car sold during the 2012 Arizona Auction Week.

“Thirteen of our cars broke world records and our top lot, the $4.62 million sale of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing, showed us that collectors continue to seek rarity and provenance,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “I am thrilled with the overwhelming enthusiasm and increased attendance of our guests this year in Scottsdale, as well as the exuberance our new and returning bidders demonstrated.”

Other notable auction results at the 2012 Gooding and Company Scottsdale sale included the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider that sold for $3,905,000, the 1969 Iso Grifo 7-Litre at $352,000, 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage for $489,500 and the 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet at $561,000. Additionally, six Packard Twelves from the estate of Thomas A. Moretti crossed the auction block, with four of the lots reaching world-record results, collectively realizing $2.662 million.

Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2012 – Top Ten Auction Results

1. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing – $4,620,000
2. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider – $3,905,000
3. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe – $2,640,000
4. 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer – $2,145,000
5. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – $1,200,000
6. 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast – $1,100,000
7. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV – $1,100,000
8. 1958 BMW 507 – $962,500
9. 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder – $880,000
10. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso – $880,000

(See Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2012 – Complete Results)

Gooding & Company will conduct its 3rd annual Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012. For more information, visit www.goodingco.com or call (310) 899-1960.

[Source: Gooding]