Mercedes-Benz Sold at Auction in 2015 – Page Five Lot # 66 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210003123; Red, Black hardtop/Beige leather; Black top; Estimate $1,600,000 – $2,000,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Post-block sale at $1,159,091 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,275,000. With Reserve – 2996/250hp, body color steel wheels and hub caps, disc brakes, hardtop, Becker Grand Prix stereo, VDO dash clock, tool roll, jack, owner’s manual. – Never fully restored, but maintained and freshened when necessary, although the interior is original and has seen plenty of wear. The 18,428 miles on the odometer are represented as actual. Very good paint and chrome, stiff original soft top. Recent brake and fuel system service. A genuine disc brake, alloy block late 300SL in good, honest condition. – Like the XKE sold a few lots earlier (#63) this alloy block, disc brake 300SL Roadster has never been neglected into advanced deterioration yet its sale had to be closed at a post-block negotiated deal 38% under the low estimate. It is a car that can, with some not insignificant careful recommissioning, be driven and enjoyed with the pride of continuing the sympathetic, caring ownership of its four owners in over half a century. A rewarding and satisfying car, and transaction. Lot # 73 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe; S/N 11102612000148; Gray, Black roof/Black leather; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $148,500. No Reserve – 3.5/230hp, automatic, BF Goodrich narrow whitewalls, Becker Mexico cassette stereo, power windows, dash clock. – Recent restoration and MBCA concours winner just last year. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Very good, detailed engine bay. Gorgeous and impossible to fault. – Excellent driver’s cars even with the automatic (or maybe better with the automatic) and avidly sought by collectors, but this is a strong price even for a very good coupe. Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2015 – Auction Report Lot # 503 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet A; S/N 12803010002703; Cream/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $87,500 plus commission of; Final Price $87,500 – Column-shift 4-speed, steel wheels with full wheel covers, Michelin narrow whitewalls, Hella driving lights, Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo, wood dash and window trim, fitted luggage. – One of just 1,112 220SE Cabriolets built. Paint on the hood is a lighter shade than the rest of the car, and both paint jobs are old. Tired chrome with pitting on the grille. Very good top. Good interior upholstery, but the wood is starting to crack a bit throughout. Largely original, but the cosmetic attention that it has gotten was a while ago and not done to very high standards. – Sold here four years ago for $84,700, at the reported high bid it should have been released to be sold so the auctioneer and ring men could do their jobs and look for a few dollars more. This is a car that should have been sold. Lot # 643 1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Roadster; S/N 11304312004713; Maroon,, Maroon hardtop/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500 – Automatic, two tops, black steel wheels with color coded wheel covers, Hankook narrow whitewalls, dual mirrors, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Panasonic CD stereo (original AM-FM included), VDO dash clock. – Restored about ten years ago. Crack in one headlight lens. Presentable older paint and chrome. Dull window trim. Used engine bay. Very good interior. The restoration is showing its age, and now it’s just a driver quality 250 Pagoda. – And it sold for driver quality 250 Pagoda money after being bid to $47,500 at Auburn Fall seven months ago. Neither buyer nor seller need to have any regrets except for the seller who might wish to revisit the decision to turn down the bid in Auburn. Lot # 685 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limousine; S/N 10001212001468; Silver Metallic/Dark Blue leather; Rebodied or re-created, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $130,000 plus commission of; Final Price $130,000 – Bosch fuel injection, modern computerized fuel management system, fuel exhaust, steel wheels with full wheel covers, Michelin XW4 narrow whitewalls, wood dash trim and window trim, Becker Europa stereo but newer JVC speakers in back, air conditioning, dash clock, power windows, rear division, rear quarter window curtains. – The only LWB 600 that was converted to a stretch limousine. The work was commissioned during ownership in the Middle East. Sold new in Canada, so it presumably never spent any time ferrying around dictators, just sheiks. Restored in the United States in 2003 with several tasteful upgrades. The expensive hydraulic system, which operates most of the stuff throughout the car, was rebuilt during the restoration. This car is a bit hard to pin down because it’s a 600 Pullman and the work is all very good, but it’s a bit of a mutant and the work wasn’t done by Mercedes. – Even if it is unique and upgraded, the extra inches in this 600 don’t necessarily add value, and for a car in this condition the reported high bid should have been enough to take it home. RM offered this 600 at Hershey in 2007 with almost exactly the same result, bid to $135,000, no sale. Lot # 715 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet A; S/N 1800306510626; Dark Blue/Brown leather; Black cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $71,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $78,100 – Column shift manual, steel wheels with full wheel covers, Coker Classic thin whitewalls, Hella driving lights, locking filler cap, wood dash and window trim, Becker Mexico radio, dash clock. – Cracked marker light. Slightly dull but presentable paint. Tired chrome. Original, presentable engine bay. Very good seat upholstery, but the carpets are falling apart and the interior wood is tired, cracking and beyond hope. Dry, sound, original Texas car that’s a fairly impressive survivor, but beyond ‘preservation.’ – There was no premium for originality here, with a 3- car going for 3- money, but a year ago at this auction it was bid to just $56,000 and it sure hasn’t gotten $15,000 better in twelve months and two weeks. Lot # 722 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe; S/N 11102112088928; Blue,, Silver roof/Dark Blue vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,650 – Automatic, wheel covers, Cooper Trendsetter tires, wood dash trim, Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo, dash clock. – A largely original California car. The blue paint is dull and lightly scratched, as is the chrome, but the silver roof is very good. Pitted window trim. Very good interior, aside from the wood around the windshield trim that is cracking and beyond saving. Tidy but used and never detailed engine bay and undercarriage. A reasonable survivor that can be driven as is for some time before falling into restoration project territory. – This 250SE would be a better value at $20,000 all-in than at this price, but the difference isn’t enough to cause much pain.