While Gooding & Co's pavilion was emblematic of the exclusive nature of the Monterey Auction scene, there were Mercs available for somewhat less than the $11.77m fetched by the Special Roadster in the foreground.
Monterey 2012 results
We can now revise our previous Auction Action preview with actual sales figures, some of which are stunning. Is there a volume automobile manufacturer whose old and youngtimer values span a wider price spectrum? With Mercedes-Benz auction results ranging from $6,000 to $11.77m, I think not. Most of the cars of the Silver Star offered in Monterey are below with sales figures that include the buyers’ premium.
Gooding & Company
Lot #126: 1960 300SL Roadster. Today, offered from a 48-year ownership, the 25,000-mile Roadster is in impeccable original condition. Although the minor 1966 paint repairs are evident, the car otherwise boasts original finishes inside and out. Furthermore, the car retains the original wide whitewall tires affixed to the chrome Sport wheels. Although not currently in running order, the engine is free to turn over and a cold compression test, performed by Paul Russell and Company, has provided even, positive results. Accompanying the car is a set of tools, manuals, a logbook of maintenance and an account of the car’s life from the consignor, which captures the boy’s utter joy in growing up with a 300 SL. ***SOLD FOR $847,OOO***
Lot #123: 1936 540K Special Roadster. The current owner, who has maintained and cherished the Special Roadster for almost 14 years, has made the diffcult decision to part with ??????the car, having changed the focus and direction of his collection. Although the consignor has owned some of the fnest classics, including one-off Duesenbergs and Dietrich-bodied Packards, the Special Roadster has the notable distinction of being the last pre-war automobile in the collection. Not only does this 540 K have a remarkable visual presence and outstanding provenance, it is surely the most comprehensively documented 540 K Special Roadster. Offered with the von Krieger Special Roadster is a signifcant historical fle that includes extensive personal correspondences, factory records and archival photographs. In addition to these important documents, the fle contains Baroness von Krieger’s white driving glove, personal logbook, road maps and lipstick-stained cigarettes, all of which were found in her car after four decades of controlled, static storage. The high-door, long-tail 540 K Special Roadster represents the quintessence of the collectible automobile. Here is an object of unparalleled beauty, rarity and sophistication whose romantic history, ironclad provenance and unquestioned authenticity are among the many qualities that converge to give this machine its uniqueness and appeal. ***SOLD FOR $11.77m*** What can we say. Pre-auction rumors were over $12m and some mentioned $15m.
Lot #154: 1953 300S Roadster. This 300 S Roadster is also set apart by its magnificent collection of rare accessories and original factory literature. Not only does this car come with two pieces of original, color-trimmed Karl Baisch luggage, it is also offered with two extremely rare matching wardrobe cases, custom designed for the rear parcel shelf. Beyond these welcome additions, the 300 S is offered with a correct tool kit, an original owner’s manual, catalogue “A” parts book and factory price list. Boasting hand-built coachwork, a finely engineered sporting chassis and luxurious creature comforts, the Mercedes-Benz 300 S recalls the grandeur and elegance of the legendary supercharged models built during the 1930s.***SOLD FOR $550,000*** This car was featured in the Star Magazine some years ago. A Platz restoration certainly adds value.
Lot #003: 1955 300SL Gullwing. Today, this Gullwing retains the high-quality DB 180 Silver paint it acquired during its restoration and presents very well. The fully painted wheel centers and outer rims are proper for the car’s specification, as ordered, and the front marker lenses are the rare Gullwing-only clear units. Inside, the proper square-weave carpets along with the headliner were installed in the 1990s per factory patterns by Chad Hunt, a former Gullwing Group Club president and noted 300 SL authority. Likewise, the red leather seats and doorsills are clearly the work of an expert 300 SL trimmer. The dash sparkles with its proper fittings, including a Becker Mexico radio installed beneath, and color-keyed safety belts have been added. The engine compartment has a correct stock appearance, featuring the proper semi-gloss and rough, sand-cast surfaces that were so often lost to interpretive restorations of the period. The consigner reports that during his ownership, the Gullwing has been kept in good operating condition by well-respected 300 SL mechanic Pinky Winther of Carmel, California. The consignor also states that it starts on the button, has great power and provides an exhilarating drive. The whine of the gears in the first, second and third ratios, as well as the distinctive Gullwing exhaust note attest to the motorsports heritage of the 300 SL. ***SOLD FOR $638,000*** Interestingly, I spent some time behind the wheel of this Gullwing while owned by Smythe European in San Jose. This was circa 1995. While certainly not a "best of breed" Gullwing, a $638k represents quite a value. Was lot #151 worth $489k more than this car. I think not. Well bought.
Lot #135: 1956 300Sc Roadster. Elegantly finished in Dark Red (DB 516) – a period-correct Mercedes-Benz color – with a soft caramel-colored interior, the 300 Sc looks as it should. A tan convertible top has recently been expertly fitted by renowned Mercedes-Benz restoration facility Paul Russell and Company. Without landau irons and unencumbered by a thick headliner and its requisite padding, the height of the folded top barely rises above the body line, lending a sporty, youthful flair to the car. The top tucks neatly into its well without the exaggerated traditional stack height of most German convertibles. The panels, chrome and brightwork align with exceptional attention to detail. The interior is beautifully appointed with a burl wood dashboard and door tops, stylishly accented by the ivory steering wheel and gear knob. A five-piece luggage set finished in the interior color adorns the rear seat and trunk areas and would be ideal for longer trips or tours. A copy of the Mercedes-Benz wagenkarte as well as a binder with restoration receipts and photos is also included with the sale of this car. Here is a unique opportunity to own a matching-numbers, expertly restored 300 Sc of the rarest and most desirable body style. Having seen minimal use since completion, it still has a host of major concours to attend. The surviving examples of the Sc Roadster remain as elegant and exclusive today as when they were first built, and this Roadster is set to provide its next owner with the incomparable open-top touring for which the model was created. ***SOLD FOR 962,500*** This is nice Gullwing price territory. Extremely low production numbers help the Sc Roaster pricing. Regardless, this is massive money for the car.
Lot #155: 1956 190SL. Following the comprehensive restoration, this magnificent 190 SL has appeared at prestigious venues such as Rhinebeck, West Point and Hershey. In 2006, it won 1st Place at the Chico Concours and 2nd Place at the Palo Alto Concours. The following year it was one of 300 cars invited to the Quail Motorsports Gathering of 2007. In 2008, it won 1st Place at the Carmel Concours on the Avenue. In addition to the complete tool kit, gas can and luggage set, the 190 SL comes with a correct medical kit for the era, two tire-pressure kits with 190 details and a brochure on 190 SL specifications. With only 400 miles on the clock since restoration, this lovely classic not only makes a charming period piece for events and shows, but its mechanical condition also renders it an excellent choice for rallies and tours. ***SOLD FOR $203,500*** My expert 190SL sources report that this was a very nice SL but not mind boggling special. While restorer Slim Wheatley does excellent work this was massive money for this car.
Lot #103: 1961 300SL Roadster. Mercedes-Benz restorer Jurgen Klockemann of San Jose, California. Mr. Klockemann, intrigued by the project, later began the restoration of the car. Starting in 2006 and over the course of three years, Mr. Klockemann went through the 300 SL, finishing it in its current hue of silver over a dark blue interior – a period factory color combination. Upon completion, the beautiful 300 SL Roadster was sold to the consignor, a Southern California sports car enthusiast, who brought the car out for its first public appearance soon after. At the 2011 Legends of the Autobahn, a show held in conjunction with the Monterey and Pebble Beach events in August every year, the handsome 300 SL Roadster placed 1st in the Open Cars 1886–1962 Class with a score of 99.25. Today, this gorgeous 300 SL Roadster presents exceptionally well. The handsome silver exterior really suits the 300 SL body contour and is surely the most iconic color for this car. The chrome sparkles, and the glass and lenses are all in tidy condition. The dark blue interior sits well with the grey-blue carpets and is beautifully accented by the ivory - colored steering wheel and gear knob. The car comes with a discreetly installed sound system and iPod dock, all of which can be easily removed for judging at events and shows. Also included is the original score sheet from the MBCA Concours, a service and parts manual and an extra set of seat cushions designed specifically to accommodate a taller driver. ***SOLD FOR $792,000*** A fairly fresh (one year old) Klockemann restoration is always attractive and this car presented itself well.
Lot #066: 1963 300SL Roadster. Less than 15,000 original miles. A Rare and Sought-After Disc Brake, Alloy Block Roadster. A Two-Owner Car from New. Less than 15,000 Total Miles. An Extremely Authentic Example. Beautifully Presented Original Interior. Equipped with Karl Baisch Factory- Fitted Luggage and Optional Hardtop. The Ultimate Specification 300 SL Roadster. ***SOLD FOR 1,595,000*** Huge money but where can you find one in this condition and showing such mileage.
Lot #151: 1955 300SL Gullwing. Little is known of the Gullwing’s interim history until it was owned in the late 1980s by a Los Angeles collector who retained restorer Jerry Hjeltness to conduct a restoration that would establish his Gullwing as the world’s finest. With this outcome in mind, Hjeltness and his team set out to create a world-class example of the Gullwing. In early 1990, as the work progressed, Federal Marshals arrested the 300 SL’s owner and the Gullwing passed into the possession of the US Department of Justice. Fortunately the Department of Justice permitted Hjeltness to complete the project to the highest possible standards as originally intended. Holding to the original plan, the Gullwing was finished in Midnight Blue (DB 904) with factory-correct gray leather upholstery and matching fitted luggage.***SOLD FOR $1,127,000*** If the buyer was after razor sharp coachwork and panel fit, he/she now has it in this ex-Sirna Gullwing. I'm not a fan of a Grey interior but this was one dead sharp, beautifully presented Gullwing.
Lot 103: 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster - The car on offer has just received a $130,000 rotisserie restoration by Mercedes-Benz expert Siegfried Linke, well-known as a Pebble Beach judge. It has the preferred four-speed manual transmission, instead of the more common automatic, and the very rare option of a limited slip differential, which was fitted to only one percent of production. The roadster is finished in silver Glasurite paint with beautifully installed red leather interior, and most unusually, was never fitted with a radio. The car has both tops, and the new soft top is the correct German-made canvas article.***SOLD FOR $101,750*** Despite shiny seams and excellent eyeball, my 113 detectives noted plenty of panel replacement and many pounds of bondo, describing the car as "a typical auction SL." Very well sold.
Lot 140: 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR. This particular CLK GTR is arguably one of the two most desirable examples. Of the 25 road-going CLK GTRs produced, two were built and heavily modified by AMG’s sister company, H.W.A. GmbH, so named for its president and AMG co-founder, Hans-Werner Aufrecht. H.W.A. did the unthinkable, by replacing the CLK’s already potent 6.9-liter V-12 with Mercedes’ newer and more powerful 7.3-liter V-12 engine, producing a blistering 720 horsepower. This specific car is number 1 of 25, as evidenced by its commemorative plaque. It received SuperSport badging from H.W.A., indicative of its status as the most exclusive and powerful CLK GTR ever built. This is the only car of its kind fitted with a non-retrofitted factory power kit, delivered by AMG. With only 1,335 accident-free original miles, car #1 is an absolutely outstanding example. It remains in immaculate condition, as it has been properly maintained and tuned since its original construction.***SOLD FOR $1,100,000***
Lot 144: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" Coupe. The 300SL offered here is a unique example with a known, continuous ownership from new. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Register indicates that this car was originally imported to Puerto Rico and was painted Fire Engine Red (DB 534) with Natural leather interior (1066). According to the Gullwing Register, its first owner was Mr. Alfredo Haeussler de Anca, of San Juan. As a racing enthusiast himself, he opted to immediately utilize the car for competitive events on the island, as evidenced by the period photographs of the car at the Puerto Rico airstrip in preparation for racing. In 1961, under the direction of Mercedes-Benz importer H.V. Grosch and the car’s owner, Mr. Haeussler, it was decided to return the car to the Mercedes-Benz factory in Germany, where it would essentially be mechanically upgraded to the “Sport” specifications that some of the new 300SL roadsters were being built to. It was shipped back to Germany, where it was upgraded with the highly desirable and costly engine, the corresponding camshafts, “Sport” shock absorbers and suspension, a 4.11 rear end, the newer M-B braking system, Rudge wheels, as well as the replacement of any and all parts that had been worn down or needed refurbishment from the competitive racing it had enjoyed in Puerto Rico. Amazingly, all the original invoices from the factory for this work still exist and will accompany the car in its sale. An amazing assortment of documents are included in the sale of this car, beginning with the original Bill of Sale and including a large selection of original Mercedes-Benz 300SL booklets, brochures, manuals, and instruction sheets (many in both Spanish and English), as well as documentation related to its transport from Germany to Puerto Rico, dealer invoices, and assorted government documents relating to the importation of the car.***SOLD FOR $875,000***
Lot 146: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. By late-1987, this 300SL Roadster had come into the care of Hollywood producer Ned Stone Tanen, a legendary studio executive with Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures who headed production of some of the 1970s biggest blockbuster films, including American Graffiti, Jaws, The Deer Hunter, and The Blues Brothers. In the early-1980s, Mr. Tanen left Universal to independently produce comedies that are now considered to be generational icons, including Sixteen Candles, St. Elmo’s Fire, and The Breakfast Club. Considering that Mr. Tanen purchased this elegant roadster while at the apex of his career, one might view the car as a benchmark of his finest hour. A rich compendium of service receipts reflects Mr. Tanen’s sincere and meticulous care of this Mercedes-Benz during his ownership, with the first major round of investment including a freshening in 1995 by Hjeltness Restoration, of Escondido, California, recognized specialists in 300SL restorations. Over the ensuing years, the paint was refinished, the hardtop was refurbished, and the gas gauge and the heater were repaired. In 2005, Mr. Tanen had the 300SL appraised, at which time the car was evaluated to be a strong example. ***SOLD FOR $814,000***
Lot 250: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' Coupe. Within time passing to a second owner in the Ann Arbor area, this car eventually came into the custody of Rudi Koniczek, a renowned restorer of 300SL models based in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. Trained by Mercedes-Benz technicians, Mr. Koniczek has been in the business of restoring Gullwings for over 40 years, and many of his restorations have gone on to draw national recognition from venues as sophisticated as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and 300SL National Conventions. Mr. Koniczek soon treated this wonderful Gullwing to a rotisserie restoration that left no stone unturned. Every mechanical and cosmetic component was fastidiously restored to original factory standards or replaced with correct new-original stock parts. Likewise, the exterior was painstakingly refinished in a resplendently deep coat of black paint, complemented with an interior of dark green vinyl and plaid seats, both correct colors included in Mercedes-Benz 1954 livery offering. ***SOLD FOR $1,171,500***
Lot 252: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 'Low Grille'. This cabriolet is a late variation of Mercedes-Benz’s 1960s mainstay, which began with the ‘Fintail’ 220 sedan in 1959. A coupe followed in 1961 and a cabriolet at the Frankfurt show later that year, though neither of these had the sedan’s characteristic fin. The SOHC six-cylinder engine was gradually increased in size, with the 2.8-liter being introduced for the 1968 model year. In the mid-1960s, Mercedes-Benz Chief Designer Paul Bracq had designed a lower and wider grille to replace the outdated, more upright style. In December 1967, he ordered that these modifications be implemented on this very car, number 000041, using the fifteenth 280 engine built, number 000015. Built in 1967, its style foreshadows the penultimate generation of the 280, the 3.5-liter ‘low-grille’ model, which wouldn’t be launched officially until the 1969 model year. This 280 SE cabriolet ‘low-grille’ prototype was built for the January 1968 Brussels Salon, and its history is documented by a Mercedes-Benz data build sheet and a second production sheet with specifications for Brussels. ***SOLD FOR $220,000*** I sat next to the owner of this unique 111 cabriolet during the auction. His expression visibly relaxed as the bids reached $150k and he turned to chat with us. Thirty seconds later the hammer fell at $200k and it was drinks for all. While this is exceptional 3.5 cabriolet money, this car appeals to a buyer after a 'one-off' and was fairly sold.
Lot #441: 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 Convertible. This 220SEb, finished in white with navy blue MB-Tex interior and matching navy blue top, was delivered new to the Pacific Northwest and has been lovingly preserved and never restored. Carefully maintained by its three owners from new, the second of which kept the car for thirty years, the car shows well inside and out. During the previous owner's long tenure of care the interior and top were refinished and the car repainted. As with any well-kept original car, it is reported to be in good running order.***SOLD FOR $51,750***
Lot #451: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 3.5. Beautifully presented in off white with contrasting navy blue upholstery and top, this example of Mercedes-Benz's coveted 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet has been in the present ownership for some years and has been meticulously maintained in that period, as documented by the service records accompanying the vehicle. With 129,000 miles recorded at the time of cataloging the car has full books and tools, along with a history file and presents very well in all aspects, including the interior timber and leather. The 280SE comes with a period Becker Europa radio and of course is fully equipped with factory air conditioning. Hailing from sunny Southern California, this is a fine example of one of Daimler-Benz's most collectible post-war models and is still eminently usable on today's roads and which can still be enjoyed every day. ***SOLD FOR $134,800***
Lot #496: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5. According the vendor, the mileage recorded at the time of cataloging of just over 73,000 is original. The Mercedes has been serviced as needed through the years with some restoration items undertaken along the way. In 2003, all interior wood panels were re-varnished and present strikingly still today. Most recently, a Seattle specialist has updated the leather interior. We are advised that the fabric top, replaced with a new unit six years ago, fits properly and is neatly concealed when down by an attractive brown leather boot. The rear bumper as well as various trim pieces were recently re-chromed by Art Brass in Seattle. Additionally, this 280SE is complete with original tools, service manual, and various history documents and invoices. A low-mileage example that has enjoyed the care of owners who have cherished this special automobile over the years, today it awaits its next long-term keeper. ***SOLD FOR $131,500***
Lot #493: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster. Finished in red with contrasting parchment upholstery, this early 1956 190SL is an original California car and an older restoration that still looks fresh today. The vendor reports the Mercedes-Benz starts, runs and drives very nicely. The tidy interior appears to retain the original trim and comes with a period radio and correct white-rim steering wheel, while the exterior paint, chrome and underbody are all very presentable. We are advised by the vendor the vehicle comes with complete books and the original tools. The 190SL is an affordable classic 1950s Mercedes-Benz with looks and panache rivaling its big brother 300SL sibling, but without the million dollar price tag. ***NOT SOLD***
Russo and Steele
Lot F437: 1966 Mercedes Benz 600 Sedan SWB. VERY RARE for the 600 as you may well know. Odometer reads 66K miles but engine is fresh as possible with very little mileage... and the air suspension has been completely overhauled with all new seals and is in excellent condition. This 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 is finished in Black/Red (car will be delivered with front headrests with factory Mercedes Benz brackets and hardware) Basically, the car has been gone through completely. The engine was completely overhauled. It has new stainless steel exhaust, rebuilt water pump & fan clutch, new front main seal, new tie rods and new drag link. It has new steering shock, new motor mounts, new factory carpets, new trunk panels & carpet, new exterior paint and new front glass & rubber gasket. All rubber window & trunk gaskets have been replaced and are virtually new. All Brake calipers are exceptionally clean and 100% free of leaks. Brakes work exceptionally well; all brake pads are brand new (factory). New Front seat leather perfectly matched with rear seats, new dash pad, the wood has been refinished and is in very good condition. All curtains are in excellent condition. The air conditioning is operational.***SOLD FOR $67,100***
Lot F439: 1961 Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet SE. Only 350 or so Mercedes Benz 220 SE Cabriolets were hand assembled each year during the normal production run from 1958-1960. The last of the 220 SE models like this car are equipped with a 2.2 liter overhead cam six-cylinder engine with the Bosch MFI and a four-speed manual transmission with shifter on the column. As such, a top speed of more than 100 MPH can easily be obtained. Chassis 003842 was special ordered and sold new as a 1961 model in normal or "standard European" configuration. It was also built with the normal four-speed manual transmission and the again standard "left-hand-drive" steering configuration. The upper body work was painted in DB190 or Graphite Grey and the lower body work in contrasting DB40 or black. The interior was standard black, full-leather with contrasting medium-dark wood trim. An extremely expensive optional Blaupunkt "world" Multi-Band radio was fitted with hidden aerial. Optional fitted luggage also accompanied the car. Little else is known about the car's earlier history and subsequent owners until it was given an extremely comprehensive, "frame-up" restoration to impossibly high standards but leaving most of the exterior body work and trim untouched saved for one known repaint. Since the completion of all work, the car has covered just over 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) of easy and careful use. This example is sold with some period documents as well as luggage and tools.***NOT SOLD***
Lot F470: 1969 Mercedes Benz 280 Convertible SL - 4 speed. Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 16th- 18th, 2012 at Russo and Steele's 12th Annual Monterey California Auction. Please contact us for more information. This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL is finished in Midnight Blue (#904) with Red leather interior, Red carpeting and Blue convertible cloth top. It is fully restored with the rare 4-speed manual, factory air conditioning and factory hardtop. Absolutely exceptional throughout is the best way to describe this 280 SL. It was restored in California where it enjoyed ownership for most of its lifetime to date. This has been a complete and thorough restoration, nothing has been left undone. It is superb both cosmetically and mechanically.***SOLD FOR $68,750***
Lot S660: 2006 Mercedes Benz SLR Roadster McLaren. This 2006 Mercedes-Benz McLaren is virtually new with window stickers never removed. It has only 364 original miles. There are no accidents or stories. It is missing a spare key at this time, but otherwise, it has complete books, tools,etc. Unbelievably original and as a new 2006 McLaren SLR in stunning Crystal Galaxite Black with optional Silver Arrow Leather 300SL Red interior. It is production #767, ONLY 364 ORIGINAL MILES! One owner from new.. A totally unique opportunity to own a brand new SLR for a fraction of its original price.***SOLD FOR $237,600*** Used SLRs seem to have stabilized and bring about the same as a new SLS. A quarter of a million dollars seems to be the sweet spot for a medium volume supercar, new or used.
Lot S662: 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing Replica. This Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing fiberglass replica was built to exacting standards in 1980. It has a custom tubular frame, flawless exterior, leather upholstery, square weave carpet, complete and accurate dash instrumentation and Louis Vitton luggage set. All new glass windows and frames with removable side windows and working wing windows. Under dash air conditioning. Hidden iPod connection w/tuner in trunk. Nardi wood steering wheel. Correct badging. Many original Gullwing parts on both interior and exterior. It is powered by a Chrysler slant 6 power plant with standard transmission. It has disc brakes in front/ drums in rear.***NOT SOLD***
Lot TH249: 1971 Mercedes 280SL. This 280SL has a “Full” and complete service history file from 1971. It has just three owners from new and was painted in 1993 with the interior redone subsequently. It is in good running condition, and will make an excellent daily driver with a little class and style. ***SOLD FOR $44,000***
Lot F44: This lovely 1975 Mercedes Benz 450SL was sold new at Jim Slemons Mercedes Benz in Newport Beach California on December 23, 1974. The husband and wife purchased the car together and her name remains on the title today. The car comes with documentation befitting a classic collector example, including excellent books and service records that document the mileage including the originally issued California pink slip. A recent service in September included brakes, flex fan and whatever else was needed, for the total of $2,500. It is unusual to find such a sparingly used and overall fine-quality example of this model and year. Included are both hard and soft tops along with the original and never-used tool kit. ***SOLD FOR $20,000***
Lot F160: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Convertible 1 of 1,112 Produced. A multiple winner on the California Concours show circuit, it was fully restored in 2001, covering just 2,300 miles since then. All its mechanical components were overhauled, a new top and boot installed and the leather interior updated with refinished wood and chrome and new carpets. The original factory radio and electric antenna remain with the car, which is offered with the complete tool kit, factory service manual, spare parts catalog and specifications book. ***SOLD FOR $105,000*** I had a quick look at this 220 for a good client who was contemplating a companion to his black 300SL roadster. After a 3 minute look, I made the phone call - not a car for you, Wally. With failing paint, many loose ends and missing ID plates on the right inner apron, this 220Se was ready to be re-restored. Well sold.
Lot F204: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible. The Paul Braque-designed “Pagoda-roof” 280SL benefited from engineering development that gave its 2.8 L overhead cam 6 170 horsepower. This lovely 1969 example has been a California car since new. Well cared for and restored some years ago, it remains in marvelous condition and comes with both hard and soft tops and a beautifully detailed engine compartment. Owner’s manual and books included. ***SOLD FOR $50,000***
Lot F213: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limousine. Recently restored, it has been driven just 57,000 pampered miles. Equipped with the massive original M100 6.3L engine and 3-speed automatic transmission, it features code 461 Broncebraun (Bronze Brown) paint and a dark Brown leather interior with very rare matching illuminated burl wood picnic trays, factory Becker sound system with rear compartment controls, full curtains and foot rests, factory air conditioning, sunroof and an A/C-cooled center console with factory thermos and glasses. The front leather seats were just reupholstered and burled wood pieces restored by Madera Concepts. The extensive woodwork on the interior cabin is absolutely stunning! One of only 210 such cars built in 1972, it is in excellent mechanical condition. Recent restoration work includes servicing of the sophisticated Comfort-Hydraulic system, which operates the windows, seats, sunroof, climate control, braking and trunk. It is fully serviced with new tires, belts, hoses, fluids, ignition wires and gaskets, and the Becker radio has been refurbished by Becker North America. Included with this rare and highly collectible find are the original Mercedes Benz metal name plate (embossed with first owner’s name), all manuals, booklets, records, and data card, complete tool kit with leather case, Mercedes repair kit, spare tire and jack. ***SOLD FOR $80,000*** This 600 has been sorted out next door to me and is a gorgeous color/trim combination. The seller has been chasing the typical 600 loose ends for a year or so and the car presents itself very nicely and should be ready to tour with. I'd say this was fair retail.
Lot S100: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Convertible. Recently Tuned with All Receipts for $90,000+***SOLD FOR $575,000*** I know this SL well and can attest to the massive money spent. While not a 'best of series' roadster, $575K is still below market. Were it at Gooding or RM, I feel the bids may have risen to $650k. Well bought.
Lot S105: 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible. 68,785 actual miles. This 1965 230 SL convertible was originally built for the European market but spent its entire life in California. Finished in code 670 Light Ivory with an extra cost Cognac leather interior, this attractive SL incorporates a 2.3 L/180 HP inline 6 with a 4-speed manual transmission, power steering and brakes and independent suspension, and comes complete with rechromed bumpers, both hard and soft tops and new tires. ***SOLD FOR $105,000***
Lot S128: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Chassis# 5500637, Matching Luggage. Chassis number #5500637 is titled as a 1956 but was built towards the end of 1955. Being built in ’55 this Gullwing came with the highly sought after “curved star” grill work. The recently refinished high gloss exterior compliments the optional black leather interior which includes the matching luggage. Special options this Gullwing came with include the Becker “Mexico” radio, bumpers with optional guards, and sealed beam lights with separate parking lamps. This SL had recent service work and does run and drive well. With only 1400 coupes built, this is your chance at joining a very exclusive guild.***SOLD FOR $675,000***
Lot S138: 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster One Owner with 600 Actual Miles. - Stunning one owner car - Less than 600 actual miles - 5.5L supercharged 24 valve V-8 engine - Rated at over 600 HP - Weighs just 4050 pounds - Red brake calipers - Pure Black with Sand (Silver Arrow leather) interior - $514,690 original MSRP. ***SOLD FOR $255,000***
Lot T31: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Coupe 48,000 Miles. - This gorgeous European delivery Mercedes Coupe has only 48,000 actual miles - Spare tire never been used - Very rare find in color combo - European headlights and bumper. ***SOLD FOR $6,500***
Lot T63: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE. - Last year for the 6 cylinder high grill with factory air conditioning and automatic on the floor - Cosmetic restoration a few years ago over its original Black leather - Hard to find classic Mercedes Coupe. ***NOT SOLD***
Lot T130: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe 3.5L, Automatic. - Cosmetic restoration - New factory color trim in Beige - New chrome and rubber seals - 1 of 3,270 made - 280 SE with powerful 3.5L, only made in 1971 - Floor automatic transmission - Cordoba Brown original interior with new carpet. ***NOT SOLD***
Lot T141: 1978 Mercedes-Benz El Benzino. - One of one Mercedes version of the El Camino/Ranchero style truck - Spectacular Money Pit prototype off a Mercedes 450 SEL sedan - 3 started, only one finished - Very uniqu. ***SOLD FOR $12,000***
Lot T230: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible. - Very good condition. ***SOLD FOR $6,000***
Roy Spencer, editor MercedesHeritage.com
Photography from RM Auctions, Gooding & Co, Bonhams, Mecum Auctions, Russo and Steele.