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 Four

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
Lot # 149 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster; S/N 11304410009469; White, Black hardtop/Black vinyl; Black top; Estimate $75,000 – $90,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700. No Reserve – 4-speed, two tops, black steel wheels with body color hub caps, Toyo Premium Touring tires, wood center console, Becker Europa radio, VDO dash clock. – Decent paint with a small scratch on the right rear and many visible scuffs and scratches around the top and window trim. Excellent carpets, but worn seats with a rip in the driver’s side headrest. Desirable 4-speed and pretty colors but just a driver. – Was there a dead rat in the glove box? Did it catch fire on the block? This is a $65,000 280SL on its worst day and an exceptionally good value at the price it brought today.
1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Lot # 159 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 1210402502940; Engine # 121921101021937; Silver/Black vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Modified for competition during restoration 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $82,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,200. No Reserve – Bucket seats, 5-point belts, braced rollbar, Hellebore woodrim steering wheel, later 14-inch M-B alloy wheels, hydraulic clutch, dual brake master cylinders, alternator, Weber 40DCOE carbs, no bumpers. – Good, clean, orderly 190SL race car. Sound paint, stripped interior. – Turn back the clock to a decade ago when 190SLs were just Teutonic T-birds and modifying one for historic racing or track days was a reasonable economic decision. That was then, this is now, and this is a sound 190SL begging to get its road touring equipment back and lose the go-fast stuff. The price leaves it as a realistic project.
2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe
Lot # 182 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe; S/N WDDAJ76F45M000157; Engine # 15598060000131; Crystal Laurite Silver/Semi-Aniline Black leather; Estimate $170,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $174,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $191,400. No Reserve – 5,439cc/617hp supercharged V-8, 5-speed ‘Speedshift’ gearbox, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, air conditioning, power windows. – Very good paint and interior. Clean engine bay. Looks, feels and smells new with 7,400 miles. Thoroughly documented service history from Mercedes-Benz, CarFax. An all but new car with a reassuring service history. – Bought at a serious discount from its $450K MSRP, and more than good enough to still attract positive attention from onlookers and fast enough to attract attention from the police. The pointy nose is a matter of individual style, but the car is a lot of automobile for the money.
1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K 4-Passenger Tourer, Body by Mayfair
Lot # 183 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K 4-Passenger Tourer, Body by Mayfair; S/N 123689; Engine # 123689; Red/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,250,000 – $1,500,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $800,000. With Reserve – RHD. Stainless steel spoke wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual rear spares, Raydyot dual spotlights, dip beam light. – Kommission #207792. Fresh paint, chrome and interior. Underbody is older with small undercoat chips. Good interior wood. Done to very good touring standards. – Sold from Bill Lassiter’s collection by Christie’s in 1999 for $266,500, then by RM at Monterey last August for $825,000 so it’s no surprise the consignor declined to accept less than that after addressing some of its shortcomings in the last few months. The problem is that the 4-seat tourer Mayfair body looks like an Alvis or a 3 1/4 Liter Bentley, not like a regal Sindelfingen M-B. It is rare. It is not desirable.

Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Lot # 15 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 1980427500580; Engine # 1989807500606; White/Green leather; Green cloth top; Estimate $1,300,000 – $1,600,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $1,125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,237,500. With Reserve – Rudge-style centerlock wheels, P4000 tires, Becker Mexico radio, white steering wheel, Euro headlights. – 27,249 mile car restored in 1992 with very good paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment is spotless and accurate. Engine intake plenum is silver painted. Wheel wells are painted exterior color and show scant evidence of road use. – Few owners and a history of continuing attention are among this 300SL’s desirable attributes along with its attract6ive and unusual combination of white paint over green leather and a green top. It brought a representative price for its history, condition and presentation.
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 51 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 11101012103837; Gray/Tan leather with cloth inserts; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. No Reserve – 2308/135hp, automatic, dual carbs, steel wheels with body color hub caps, Michelin tires, VDO dash clock, Euro headlights. – Believed to be (and appears to be) the original paint and interior, including the wood, although the 86,281 miles on the odometer would lead you to believe that there should be more wear and tear than there is. Very clean underneath and no major flaws in the paint or interior. It’s a sound, pretty, driver-quality fintail Mercedes sedan. – An experienced Mercedes-Benz dealer/restorer was agog at the preservation of this finback, amazed at its survival in such good, attractive, well-maintained condition. ‘Rare’ hardly begins to describe its survival and it is the essence of a magnificent ‘barn-find’ without the dirt, grunge and rot so often concomitant with the category. Its over-estimate price was unusual for this year’s Amelia Island auctions, but fully deserved by the car’s condition. For rarity, it makes 190SLs look as common as Fords.
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet
Lot # 59 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet; S/N 11102512004187; Gray/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $240,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. No Reserve – 2778/160hp, automatic, Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection, power steering, power brakes, Phoenix whitewalls, dual mirrors, black vinyl top boot, power windows, air conditioning, Becker Europa stereo, power antenna, VDO dash clock, fog lights. – One of just under 1,400 280 SE Cabriolets and just 200 with the more attractive ‘low grille’ body. Restored about ten years ago and still with very good paint and interior. Used but tidy engine bay. Lightly scratched but presentable chrome. No show car, but an attractive hand-built Mercedes cabriolet that you’d be happy to be seen in. – Still elegant, stylish and exclusive this 6-cylinder 280SE brought an appropriate price for the age of its restoration and post-restoration miles. It won’t run like the 3.5 V-8, but it looks just as good, for half the money.