1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

Mercedes-Benz Sold at Auction in 2015

Mercedes-Benz Sold at Auction in 2015 – Page Two

1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B
Lot # 5086 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B; S/N 172436; Black, Blue/Red leather; Black cloth top; Recent restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000. With Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, dual sidemount, Bosch headlights and fog lights, dual Bosch spotlights, Trafficators. – Restored to concours standards and showing little or no subsequent use. Beautiful paint, chrome and interior. – This is an extraordinary quality restoration for a side valve six cylinder Manheim Cabriolet B, fully worthy of its mighty (and mighty expensive) eight cylinder overhead valve supercharged big brothers from Stuttgart and Sindelfingen. Prewar M-B style and luxury at an affordable (?) price.

Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report

1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Convertible
Lot # 057 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Convertible; S/N 19804210003060; White, Black hardtop/Red; Black top; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,250,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,550,000. With Reserve – Euro headlights, hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls, – The last version of the 1,858 roadsters built, one of 218 with four-wheel disc brakes and the alloy engine block. A European model imported in the 1970s, it was in one family for 30 years. Front bumper does not fit well, chips on the passenger side trunk lid, driver’s seat split and surface cracked, scratched hubcaps, cracked steering wheel. Desirable and sound, but aged and flawed. – A desirable, sound and usable 300SL Roadster, but aged to a point where it’s on the cusp of the restore-or-preserve quandary. The bidders settled on the side of restoration and left some headroom at the reported high bid for the work this Roadster needs.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300C Sedan, Body by Sindelfingen
Lot # 062 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300C Sedan, Body by Sindelfingen; S/N 1860176500835; Strawberry Red Metallic/Tan leather; Black top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $77,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,250. No Reserve – Full-length Webasto sun roof, Becker Mexico radio, fog lights,. Limited ownership. – Enormous car in an eye popping color. Canvas roof needs replacing, driver’s seat has been re-dyed, windshield is chipped, interior wood is good. Good bodywork and paint, decent chrome and trim. A well maintained car that has received work as needed but never been restored and it shows. – A $35,000 car, maybe $50,000 with the rare sunroof and benign history, but far beyond retail at the price it brought here.
1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet
Lot # 114 1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet; S/N 11202312009493; Light Metallic Blue/Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $300,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $315,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $346,500. No Reserve – Automatic, air-conditioning, tool kit, fitted luggage, pushbutton radio. – Concours-quality restoration, with even metallic paint in the correct tone. Very well fitted interior leather, excellent wood trim. Laser straight, panel fit excellent, correct and immaculate engine compartment. The result of a 3-year restoration by specialists and scored 98 points at an MBCA meet. Better than new cosmetically. – This result is 280SE 3.5 cabriolet money. Even for a 300SE so diligently and correctly restored the result it brought is a serious escalation in value inappropriate to the quantity and specifications of the 300SE, on the order of a 50% premium. Gooding sold a cosmetically restored 5-speed here four years ago for $112,750; this one is much better, but 3x the value?
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Lot # 119 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing; S/N 1980406500280; Engine # 1989806500289; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $1,550,000 – $1,850,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,250,000. With Reserve – Becker Mexico radio, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Rudge-style centerlock wheels, Dunlop tires, red fitted luggage. – Sold new to movie director Howard Hawks. Mechanically overhauled recently at Paul Russell’s. Flawed paint on the hood and cowl and cracked on the left rear hood corner. Good, lightly stretched older upholstery. Very clean underbody. Engine compartment is orderly on top but oily and grungy down deep. – Reported sold at the Rick Cole auction in Monterey last August for $1,595,000. The reported high bid here is more appropriate for its condition.
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Lot # 149 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210002530; Grey, Grey hardtop/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,700,000 – $2,000,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $1,425,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,567,500. With Reserve – Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Becker AM-FM, chrome wheels, Michelin XVS tires, two tops, two pieces of fitted luggage, original handbook pouch with handbook, spare parts list, service book, Becker radio manual and more. – Stored since the early 90’s, three owners from new. Multiple flawed old repaint with chips, edge flaws and surface deterioration. Generally sound chrome. Good lightly sun bleached original interior. Original underbody. An honestly ageing 300SL. – The result here represents only a small, nearly negligible, premium for this 300SL Roadster’s survival, completeness and originality. It should be regarded as an astute acquisition by a bidder who kept his or her paddle under tight control to avoid creating a bidding contest.

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe
Lot # S611 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe; S/N 11102412001426; Silver/Black leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $25,000. With Reserve – Automatic, Kelly Explorer tires, power windows, Becker Europa radio, VDO gauges, dash clock, locking glove box. – Tired paint and interior. Strong chrome. Used but fairly tidy engine bay. Cracking steering wheel. Showing close to 100,000 miles both on the odometer and in its condition. In preserved condition, but you wouldn’t say carefully preserved. – There are too many flaws on this 280SE to justify paying much if any more than the reported high bid for it. Making it the car it deserves to be requires expensive attention to every aspect and the seller’s hope of getting more for it than the reported bid is vain.