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 Seven

1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster
Lot # 1122 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster; S/N WDBBA45A4CB012884; Red/Gray vinyl; Estimate $12,000 – $16,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $8,250 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,075. With Reserve – Automatic, fog lights, air conditioning, power windows, aftermarket stereo. – Mostly original one-owner car with newer seats and convertible top. Good original paint that is lightly faded and has one touch up on the trunk and one on right side of hood. Chrome is dull. Rubber seals are cracking. Front left rubber bumper is cracked. Other than newer seats, the interior is worn and rear vinyl is worn and torn. Engine is clean but not detailed. Showing 66,457 miles, it is still presentable enough to enjoy as is, but the next owner couldn’t be blamed for freshening it up. – Made from 1980 to 1985, the 380 was the least powerful of the R107s, although it was 120 pounds lighter than the 450SL that it replaced. The 380 is also the least coveted of the R107s, and is valued at around half the previous 450SL or the later 560SL. This one sold at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale sale in 2014 for $7,260 and in January of this year in the same venue with just one fewer mile on the odometer for $7,150 ($6,500 at the hammer). After a few months of insurance and some transport costs, the seller made a bit of a profit here and should be grateful to be rid of it.
1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible
Lot # 1176 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible; S/N 10704412021634; Red/Tan; Estimate $10,000 – $15,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $6,000 plus commission of; Final Price $6,000. With Reserve – Air conditioning, aftermarket radio, Burled wood accents, power windows. – Paint is fair with fading and a number of chips. Chrome is good with one small ding on the driver’s side window trim. Engine bay is clean with a new battery, but the painted surfaces in there are cracked and peeling. Interior is fair with seats showing mild wear and discoloration. Undercarriage has been undercoated and shows mild wear. Car is missing the driver side mirror glass. This is a vehicle that has been recently cleaned up to bring to auction. A tired old car with condition that matches the 108,094 miles on the odometer. – Six figures on the odometer and lots of flaws proved to be sufficient deterrents for this car, and the bidding just never went anywhere. This isn’t a rare car (four of them in this sale alone), so potential buyers had no problem taking a quick look at this one and moving on.
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible
Lot # 2106 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible; S/N 11304412014748; Blue Metallic/Tan vinyl; Dark Blue top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $57,500 plus commission of; Final Price $57,500. With Reserve – Automatic, steel wheels with color-coded wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, Becker Mexico radio. – Paint is good with one small chip on the nose and two thin scratches on the trunk. Front and rear chrome is fair with some light pitting. Engine bay is very good, clean and detailed. The interior is very good and shows almost no wear. The top has been replaced and fits well. Undercarriage has undercoating and is clean with very little wear. This vehicle has a Florida title that brands this as a rebuilt vehicle. It’s an obvious red flag, but it appears to be a very solid car overall. – An ordinary 280SL burdened by a rebuilt title should have sold well before the reported high bid. Consignors sometimes think that holding on to try to drag out the last bid is good strategy. It isn’t. If there is bidding by two or more it is far better to lift the reserve at a reasonable amount and hope the pursuit of the now loose and selling car will encourage the bidders to stay in the game.
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Lot # 2126 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet; S/N 11102712004266; White/Dark Blue leather; Blue top; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $272,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $299,750. With Reserve – Automatic, wheel covers, leather and wood dash, Becker radio with power antenna, removable center console seat pad, dash clock, power windows, power top, power steering. – Paint is fair with numerous swirls on the trunk, a large scratch just above driver’s side headlight and chips just behind driver’s door and rear with touch ups. Chrome is fair with scratches and pitting on rear accent pieces. Engine bay is very good, clean and well detailed. Top has been replaced and is in good condition and fits well. Interior is good with slight wear on the driver’s seat. Underbody has been undercoated and is clean with little wear. A largely original four-owner hand-built Mercedes that’s been cared for quite well and shows 50,539 believable miles. – While nearly a third of a million dollars is a lot to pay for an old, series-built M-B, the 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet is an automobile of rare distinction, quality, luxury and performance for which this much money is the order of the day.
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible
Lot # 2141 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible; S/N 11304412000728; Gray/Red vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000 plus commission of; Final Price $55,000. With Reserve – Automatic, color-coded wheel covers, Pirelli narrow whitewalls, woodrim steering wheel, aftermarket radio. – Bad, dull paint with numerous scratches and chips with shoddy touch ups. Chrome is fair with some dulling and some pitting. Engine bay is quite used and dirty with some oxidation on the headers, although the motor is reported to have been rebuilt. Interior is fair with mild wear and discoloration. The undercarriage shows wear and some early signs of corrosion. Heavily used and quickly cleaned up for sale. – This Pagoda SL isn’t good enough to enjoy as is and will require quite a bit of expensive work to get it presentable, so the Auburn bidders were wise to keep that in mind and bid it to a perfectly appropriate price. The seller would be lucky to get a bid that high again and should have cut it loose if there was money on the block.

Mecum Indianapolis 2015 – Auction Report

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible
Lot # F184 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible; S/N WDBBA48D4KA098238; Black/Black leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $58,320. With Reserve. Chrome alloy wheels, Pirelli blackwall tires, two tops, automatic, Becker Grand Prix radio. – 8,154 miles and all original with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Clean, dry original underbody. An extraordinary find. – There is little if any appreciable premium in this result for this 560SL’s originality and low miles. The new owner could have expected to pay this much for a used but very good example with ten times the miles.
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
Lot # F197 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster; S/N 11304412019338; Dark Olive Green, Dark Olive hardtop/Cognac leather; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $64,800. With Reserve. Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, Frigiking A/C, Becker AM-FM, two tops, books, tools, owner’s manual. – Underbody quickly repainted assembled. Good repaint on the body but not so good on the hardtop. Very good new upholstery and carpets. A sound and desirably equipped boulevard cruiser. – This is a sound buy in a sound, attractive, fully-equipped cosmetically restored 280SL.

Bonhams Greenwich 2015 – Auction Report

1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Convertible
Lot # 210 1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Convertible; S/N 11202312009508; Engine # 18998712001298; Cream,/Dark Brown leather; Dark Brown cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $140,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. With Reserve. 2996/160hp six-cylinder, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, color-coded hub caps and trim rings, Michelin Rain Force tires, column-shift automatic, bucket seats, VDO dash clock, Becker Grand Prix radio, burled wood dash, power windows. – Very good paint with a chip above the right headlight. Good older chrome. Lightly worn top with very lightly scratched plastic rear window. Very good, lightly worn interior. A tiny bit of fluid on the valve cover but otherwise very clean engine bay. A car that’s received quality maintenance restoration over the last few years but hasn’t been done top to bottom. – This was the first lot of the day with the potential to be a six-figure transaction, at least according to Bonhams’ presale estimate. While it missed the mark by 10%, this was still a very healthy number for a very good but far from concours quality 300SE convertible, a rare and magnificent car notable for its self-leveling pneumatic suspension. Collectors would rather have a V-8 280SE 3.5.