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 Eight

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Lot # 217 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 1210401002014; Engine # 12192110020404; Dark Grey, Dark Grey hardtop/Dark Red; Black cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $81,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $89,100. With Reserve. Weber carbs, two tops, hubcaps, trim rings, narrow whitewalls, AM-FM. – Mediocre repaint, especially on the hardtop, dirty underbody and engine compartment. Good upholstery but pitted interior and dash chrome. An auction car represented as two owners from new. – 190SLs have been bringing some bizarre prices in mid 6-figures and in this context this results is a return to a semblance of reality. It’s still expensive for an auction-restored Weber-carbureted 190SL, but not like some other recent transactions that defy rationality for a 105hp boulevard cruiser.
1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 LWB Kombination Roadster, Body by Sindelfingen
Lot # 235 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 LWB Kombination Roadster, Body by Sindelfingen; S/N 408153; Engine # 408153; Burgundy, Red/Beige leather, Red piping; Beige cloth top; Estimate $750,000 – $850,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $704,545 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $775,000. With Reserve. Luggage, steel wheels, recessed rear deck spare with chrome cover, backup light, Bosch head and fog lights, radio, mother of pearl instrument panel, banjo spoke steering wheel, opening vee windshield – Factory replacement engine. Poor old repaint, pitted, peeling chrome, dirty, dry underbody, cracked, worn interior but complete and good as a pattern. Sound body. Runs and drives but the starter failed, is being rebuilt and will be supplied to the buyer when it is completed. Filthy engine. 1953 Connecticut inspection sticker. Runs and drives. – Bid to $650,000 on the block, closed later at this price. An unusual combination of a Mannheim L-head chassis with Sindelfingen open sporting coachwork. It was offered at the Dragone brothers auction two years ago where it was reportedly bid to $850,000 although no actual bidding was apparent during the sale. The result here is unusually strong for a Mannheim M-B, especially in contemplation of a complete and expensive strip and rebuild and the seller should be very pleased to get this much for it.
1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Lot # 274 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 12104010025037; Engine # 12192110002980; Black,/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $135,000 – $150,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $141,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $155,100. With Reserve. CD stereo, body color wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, whitewall tires, comes with its original unrestored hardtop. – Lightly soiled but very good original upholstery. Excellent repaint and chrome. Old undercoat with some rusty fasteners. Pitted door handles. Orderly engine compartment has been competently restored, then driven a little. Weber carbs. A sound and very presentable cosmetically restored driver. – Cataloged with Solex carburetors, they have been replaced by appropriate (and more reliable) but incorrect Webers. Described as a 2 year restoration, it must have been sitting in a corner of the shop for most of that time and then rushed to completion before being driven enough to take off whatever restoration luster may have been present. It’s a mediocre 190SL, but that is even at $155,100 factored into the price.

Dragone Greenwich 2015 – Auction Report

1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster
Lot # 144 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster; S/N 113042120006973; White,/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800. With Reserve. Automatic, Euro headlights, Grundig multi band radio, hubcaps, trim rings, blackwall radial tires. – Mostly original with a decent repaint and sound original interior. Grungy engine compartment. Represented as 76,911km (47,790 miles) from new and one owner. A decent but not impressive driver. – An intriguing but ultimately disappointing 230SL that brought appropriately lackluster bidding for it. In the end the buyers got it right.

Leake Tulsa 2015 – Auction Report

1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Lot # 2470 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 121042107501915; Ivory/Dark Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. With Reserve. Becker Europa radio, body color wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, whitewall radials. – Excellent paint, chrome and top. Exceptionally attractive interior. Underbody was done a while ago and shows limited use but age and some surface rust where water has sat. Engine compartment is clean, sharp and nearly like new. A very fine example, but with a 1957 chassis number. – Described as a fresh restoration, it must have taken a while for it to be done for the underbody to look like this and creates the impression it was sitting for years, then quickly finished up to catch the 190SL freight train. The bidders weren’t fooled, nor was the seller, who got out while the getting was good. An astute transaction on both sides.

RM Sotheby’s Motor City 2015 – Auction Report

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster
Lot # 158 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster; S/N WDBBA48D2GA041947; Red, Red hardtop/Black leather; Estimate $25,000 – $40,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $32,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,750. No Reserve. Automatic, later alloy wheels, Michelin blackwall tires, Clarion CD stereo, A/C, P/W, two tops, original books and manuals. – Good repaint, upholstery and chrome. Very clean underbody. 36,772 miles from new and a clean CarFax. – This is an unusually good example of a great driving M-B. Most have been driven into the ground exactly because they’re such user-friendly automobiles, so finding a low miles, exceptionally clean example like this is rare and the St. John’s bidders recognized it as such. It’s no bargain, but it’s not expensive, either.

RM Sotheby’s Pinnacle Portfolio Collection – Auction Report

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Alloy
Lot # 109 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Alloy; S/N 1980435500786; Engine # 1989805500728; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $5,500,000 – $6,500,000; Older restoration, 1 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $4,500,000. With Reserve. Rudge centerlock wheels with polished rims and painted centers, Michelin XWX tires, fitted luggage, hinged steering wheel, multiband radio. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Underbody is like new with neat, tidy undercoat. – Opened at $3 million but didn’t close even at the reported high bid. It’s been a regular, selling post-block at RM’s Amelia Island auction in 2003 for $750,000, then crossing the block here in 2004 at a reported high bid of $770,000 and at RM London in 2012 with a reported high bid of $3,866,640. It could have found a new home at the high bid here, and now will wander through the market searching for an elusive better offer.