This list shows all Mercedes – Benz Crews as of april 23 participating in the 2014 Mille Miglia. The Mille Miglia will start in Brescia on may 15 and will finish in Brescia on may 18. For the first time there will be 4 driving days. The full start list can be downloaded as pdf file here.
Im Rahmen des Concours d’Elegance auf Amelia Island wurden wieder einige Mercedes-Benz 300 SL versteigert. Folgende Fahrzeuge kamen zur Auktion:
Das Kanadische Auktionhaus RM Auctions versteigerte einen 300 SL Roadster aus dem Jahre 1957 , der als Neuwagen mit Rudge Rädern ab Werk an die Amerikanische Schauspielerin Natalie Wood ausgeliefert wurde. Die von ihr selbstbestellte Farbe, hellblau metallic mit rotem Leder, gefiel ihr jedoch nicht, so dass sie eigenhändig das Auto in Rosa lackierte. Mittlerweile ist der Roadster wieder in der originalen Farbkombination und hat schon einige Preise gewonnen. Der Zuschlagspreis war 1,843 Millionen US$ inclusive Aufgeld.
Canadian auction house RM Auctions put the ex Natalie Wood 300 SL Roadster with factory delivered Rudge knock off wheels on the block. Shortly after delivery Ms. Wood decided to paint the car pink. Now a few owners later and after restoration the car shows the factory delivered color combination of light blue metallic with red leather interior. The sales price including buyers premium was US$ 1,842,500.
Gooding & Company
David Gooding und sein Team beweisen eine besonders gute Nase beim Auffinden von unrestaurierten Autos. So war der erste der zwei angebotetenen Roadster ein unrestauriertes Exemplar, das zwar in 1962 produziert wurde, aber erst als einer der letzten drei im Jahre 1964 zum Verkauf kam. Das hellblaue Fahrzeug, mit rotem Leder wurde, obwohl mit einem Tauschmotor versehen und bereits einmal nachlackiert, für 2,035 Millionen US$ inclusive Aufgeld verkauft.
Das zweite Exemplar wurde Ende 1957 in Elfenbein (DB608) mit rotem Leder ausgeliefert. Das Fahrzeug wurde im Rahmen einer Restauration vom letzten Besitzer, der das Fahrzeug in 2003 erwarb, in Hellgrün metallic (DB274) lackiert und mit dunkelgrünem Leder ausgestattet. Die Verkaufspreis lag mit 946 T US$ deutlich unter dem Estimate.
David Gooding and his team presently seem to find the remaining 300 SLs in the barns. The first 300 SL Roadster they offered for sale at Amelia was produced in 1962, however did not leave the factory before 1964 as one of the final 3 Roadsters to find a home. The light blue metallic car with red interior was sold for a world record price, even though it had a non matching engine and was repainted. Sales price including commission was US$ 2.035M.
The second 300 SL Roadster was delivered towards the end of 1957 in ivory (DB608) with red leather interior. During a restoration the color was changed to light green tetallic (DB274) and the interior was fitted with dark green leather. The car was sold significantly below the estimate of 1 – 1.2 M US$ for a sales price including buyers premium of US$ 946k.
Begründer der Mercedes-Benz SL-Tradition als exzellente Wertanlage
MBCI ordnet 300 SL und 190 SL als besonders wertvolle Klassiker ein
Vor 60 Jahren sorgt Mercedes-Benz für Furore, als die Stuttgarter Marke im Februar 1954 auf der „International Motor Sports Show“ in New York den 300 SL (W 198) und einen seriennahen Prototypen des 190 SL (W 121) vorstellt. Fachwelt und Publikum sind gleichermaßen begeistert: vom Flügeltür-Coupé, das aus dem 300 SL Rennsportwagen (W 194) entstanden ist, sowie vom Roadster, dessen technische Basis der Typ 180 (W 120) liefert. Heute ist diese Faszination, die von den beiden ersten Serienfahrzeugen der exquisiten SL-Sportwagentradition ausgeht, lebendiger denn je. Das macht beide SL-Typen zu besonders wertvollen Klassikern.
Das Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé, der 190 SL Roadster sowie der im Jahr 1957 als Nachfolger des Flügeltür-Coupés präsentierte 300 SL Roadster (W 198) gehören zu den wertvollsten historischen Fahrzeugen weltweit. Das unterstreicht auch der Mercedes-Benz Classic Index (MBCI) der Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI), in dessen Spitze alle drei Typen vertreten sind. Originalität und Authentizität hat dabei einen sehr hohen Stellenwert.
Die Sportwagen weisen in der Wertentwicklung einige ähnliche Kennzahlen auf, zeigen aber auch deutliche Unterschiede – so die Einschätzung der HAGI-Spezialisten. Das liegt hauptsächlich an den produzierten Stückzahlen, aber auch an absoluten Fahrzeugwerten, der technischen Raffinesse und der historischen Bedeutung inklusive der Renngeschichte dieser Typen. Seit 1980 konnte laut HAGI die Wertentwicklung des 190 SL durchschnittlich pro Jahr rund 10 Prozent zulegen, in den vergangenen 10 Jahren waren es sogar über 11 Prozent. Für das 300 SL Coupé liegt die Zahl seit 1980 bei über 11 Prozent, in den vergangenen 10 Jahren sogar bei nahezu 18 Prozent, welches gut einer Vervierfachung im Vergleich zu 2004 entspricht. Für den 300 SL Roadster liegt die Wertsteigerung seit 1980 bei nahezu 13 Prozent pro Jahr. Und einer der 29 produzierten „Flügeltürer“ mit Aluminium-Karosserie, äußerst selten auf dem Markt, kann eine durchschnittliche Wertsteigerung von mehr als 16 Prozent pro Jahr aufweisen. Voraussetzung für die Wertentwicklung ist die Erhaltung eines erstklassigen Zustands oder eine sehr gute Restaurierung, welche mit erheblichen Kosten verbunden ist.
Der Hauptunterschied des 190 SL zu seinen großen Verwandten liegt heute in seinem absoluten Preis: Er unterscheidet sich noch nicht deutlich von dem einer Komplettrestaurierung. Ein perfektes Fahrzeug führt der MBCI knapp unter der Wertschwelle von 200.000 Euro. Anders beim 300 SL: Selbst Fahrzeuge, die zwar komplett sind, aber einen schlechten Gesamtzustand aufweisen, werden für bis zu 500.000 Euro gehandelt. Für eins der seltenen Coupés mit Aluminium-Karosserie liegt der Preis immer bei mehreren Millionen Euro, unabhängig vom Zustand. Im MBCI rangiert der 190 SL mittlerweile direkt hinter Klassikern wie 300 SL Coupé und Roadster, der S-Reihe aus den 1920er-Jahren sowie den legendären 500 K und 540 K – aber auch der 230/250/280 SL der „Pagoden“-Baureihe W 113 entwickelt sich preislich enorm.
Wertvolle historische Automobile als Wertanlage betreffen vor allem das Spitzensegment des Gesamtmarkts klassischer Automobile und historischer Fahrkultur, der alleine in Deutschland für einen jährlichen Umsatz von mehr als 14 Milliarden Euro steht. Als langfristig attraktive Investition zeichnen sich besonders wertvolle und zugleich wertstabile Automobile aus, weil bei ihnen die Investition in einer Restaurierung und der laufende Unterhalt in einem guten Verhältnis zu Werterhalt und Wertsteigerung stehen. Das unterstreicht auch eine im Jahr 2013 veröffentlichte Studie des deutschen Fachmagazins „Motor Klassik“.
Die Investition in einen faszinierenden Klassiker von Mercedes-Benz erfüllt vor diesem Hintergrund nicht allein die Freude an der historischen Technik und ihrer ästhetischen wie sportlichen Dimension, sondern kann auch eine bessere Rendite erzielen als andere Anlageformen: Die Besitzer hochwertiger Klassiker sehen in ihrem Fahrzeug eine wirtschaftlich attraktivere Anlageform als bei vielen Finanzprodukten.
Der 300 SL mit seinem innovativen Gitterrohrrahmen ist schon zu Produktionszeiten (1954 bis 1957 in 1.400 Exemplaren gebaut) ein exklusiver Spitzensportwagen. Auch preislich liegt er damals mit 29.000 DM bis 32.500 DM im obersten Marktbereich. Abgelöst wird er 1957 vom 300 SL Roadster für ebenfalls 32.500 DM; bis 1963 entstehen insgesamt 1.858 Exemplare. Der Typ 190 SL kommt 1955 auf den Markt und wird in 25.881 Exemplaren ebenfalls bis 1963 gebaut. Er kostet zwischen 16.500 DM und (mit abnehmbarem Coupédach) 17.650 DM.
Pioneers of the Mercedes-Benz SL tradition make excellent investments
MBCI ranks 300 SL and 190 SL as especially valuable classics
60 years ago, in February 1954, Stuttgart-based Mercedes-Benz caused a sensation when it debuted two new cars at the International Motor Sports Show in New York: enter the 300 SL (W 198) and a near-production prototype of the 190 SL (W 121). Experts and the public were equally enthralled by the Gullwing Coupé, an evolution of the 300 SL race car (W 194), and the Roadster, built on technology supplied by model 180 (W 120). Today, the fascination with the first two production vehicles in the exquisite SL sports car lineage is more alive than ever. No wonder then that both SL models are especially valuable classics.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé, the 190 SL Roadster, and the 1957 successor to the Gullwing Coupé, the 300 SL Roadster (W 198), count among the most valuable historic vehicles in the world. This is underlined by the presence of all three at the top of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Index (MBCI) published by Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI). Originality and authenticity are particularly important here.
Some of the key indicators of how the value of the sports cars has evolved are similar, but the assessment by HAGI specialists indicates that there are significant differences too. This is primarily due to the number of vehicles produced, but other factors include the absolute value of the cars, their level of technical refinement and their historical significance, including the racing history of these models. According to HAGI, the average increase in value of the 190 SL is around 10 per cent per year since 1980; however in the last 10 years it was even higher at over 11 per cent. For the 300 SL Coupé, the average since 1980 is 11 per cent, but for the last 10 years the figure is almost 18 per cent, which corresponds to a quadrupling of the value since 2004. In the case of the 300 SL Roadster, the rise in value since 1980 is almost 13 per cent. For the 29 Gullwings that were built with aluminium bodywork, cars which are seen extremely rarely in the market, an average increase in value of more than 16 per cent can be demonstrated. A vehicle’s performance is predicated on it being maintained in first-rate condition or having been superbly restored, both of which are associated with substantial costs.
The main difference between the 190 SL and its larger cousins is its absolute price, which is not yet much different to that of a complete restoration. A perfect example is valued by the MBCI at just under the 200,000 euro mark. It’s a different story with the 300 SL: cars that are complete, but in poor overall condition, still trade for sums as high as 500,000 euros. With one of the rare aluminium-bodied coupés, the price is always in the order of several million euros, regardless of condition. In the MBCI, the 190 SL ranks directly behind classics such as the 300 SL Coupé and Roadster, the S-Series of the 1920s and the legendary 500 K and 540 K. It is also worth noting that prices for the 230/250/280 SL “Pagoda” model series W 113 are increasing massively.
Investment in valuable historic cars is primarily associated with the very top segment of the market for classic automobiles and the historic vehicle scene as a whole, which in Germany alone is worth 14 billion euros each year. Cars that are both very high-value and maintain stable prices make particularly attractive long-term investments because the increase in and retention of value adequately offsets the spending needed for restoration and ongoing upkeep. A study published by specialist German magazine “Motor Klassik” in 2013 also emphasises this relationship.
Taking all this into consideration, it is clear that investing in an alluring classic from Mercedes-Benz offers more than just the enjoyment of a piece of technological history, with its aesthetic and sporty dimensions. Indeed, it may also achieve a better return than other forms of investment, with owners of high-value classic cars seeing their vehicles perform more profitably than many financial products.
With its innovative space frame, the 300 SL was an exclusive top-end sports car at the time of its production (1,400 units built from 1954 to 1957). Selling at the time for 29,000–32,500 German marks, it was firmly positioned at the very top end of the market. From 1957 onwards it was superseded by the 300 SL Roadster, which also sold for 32,500 German marks. A total of 1,858 Roadsters were produced up to 1963. The 190 SL came onto the market in 1955 and 25,881 of the vehicles were produced up to 1963. It cost between 16,500 (with removable hardtop) and 17,650 German marks.
Die Auktionsergebnisse des heutigen Tages lauten für die 3 versteigerten 300 SL wie folgt:
Bonhams – 300 SL Roadster mit Scheibenbremsen ausgeliefert: 1,2375 M US$ Roadster with disc brakes at Bonhams US$ 1.2375 M
Der Flügletürer aus dem Jahre 1955 ertzielte bei Bonhams einen Preis von 1.078.000 US$ – the Gullwing at Bonhams sold for US$ 1,078,000 including buyers premium.
Der erste bei RM Auctions verkaufte 300 SL war ein Roadster aus dem Jahre 1958 mit Trommelbremsen. Er wurde für 1.045.000 US$ inclusive Aufgeld versteigert. – The blue 1958 Roadster with drum brakes at RM auctions sold for US$ 1,045,000 including buyers premium.
This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was bought new in Southern California at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood. The original owner had the car until 1957 when he traded the car back into Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood. The second owner bought the car and had it for only 18 months. The past and final owner for 53 years bought the car on February 20, 1960 with 59,000 miles on the car. The car was bought directly from the second owner who lived in Santa Monica, CA. The third owner, who owned the car for 53 years, had the car at his home in Pleasanton, CA for 50 years and finally brought the car to Reno, NV when he moved there in 2009. The vehicle comes with its 1956 California Yellow Plate that was with the car from new, it also comes with an original pink slip that was issued by the State of California in 1960 and the Black Plate issued by the State of California in 1960. The third owner had the car from the spring of 1960 all the way until May of 2013. He confirms that in his entire 53 years of ownership he only put 6,000 miles on the car. The restoration process was started three years ago and completed approximately a year ago. All parts were supplied from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, CA who also assisted in the direction of the restoration. This 300SL was the pride and joy of the one of the earliest members to join the Gullwing group and is still an active member today. To find a car that has an impeccable history, solid ownership fact pattern, restoration just completed in the last 200 miles and in its original colors is becoming harder and harder to find. This 300SL is equipped with all matching numbers (engine, chassis, body, transmission, rear end and front axles) and its original 3-piece belly pans. All materials used in the restoration are as they were when the car was new. All materials used in the restoration are as they were when the car was new. **TITLED AS A 1956** Estimate not published
Gooding & Co.takes 4 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL to the auction block in Scottsdale
Gooding & Co.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
4700 N. Scottsdale Road
Corner of N. Scottsdale Road and E. Highland Ave
Friday, January 17 11:00am
Saturday, January 18 11:00am
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL drum brake Roadster
According to existing Mercedes-Benz factory records, this 300 SL Roadster was constructed in fall 1958 – as a 1959 model – and originally finished in silver with red leather upholstery. Once completed, the 300 SL was delivered to Al Haddad Motors of Inselah, an official Mercedes-Benz dealership founded in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1958 and still in operation today.
In the early 1960s, the 300 SL was imported to the US and sold to a resident of Santa Barbara, California. It is believed that the car remained in California until the 1990s, when it was exported to Japan. By 2000, Motomori Tanaka of Tokyo had acquired the Mercedes-Benz and it remained in his private collection for approximately 10 years before returning to Southern California.
Shortly after its arrival, the well-kept 300 SL Roadster was sold to the current owner, a San Diego-area collector with a passion for iconic sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s. Though the Mercedes-Benz was in very presentable condition at that time, it did not satisfy the high standards of its new owner and was soon scheduled for restoration.
In 2010, the consignor commissioned Brian Anderson’s Classic European in Vista, California, to perform a full body-off, show- quality restoration that would stand up to the most stringent concours standards. Having developed a successful working relationship with Classic European preparing competitive show cars, the consignor spared no expense on this project and went to great lengths to ensure that every aspect of the 300 SL received the utmost attention. A comprehensive file of documentation supporting the exacting nature of the work performed is included with the sale of the car.
Refinished in the tasteful color scheme of White (DB147G) with black leather upholstery and desirably outfitted with European headlights, a factory hardtop, an optional Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, a Becker Mexico radio, and custom-trimmed fitted luggage, this 300 SL has a marvelous period- correct appearance that is at once elegant, sporting, and understated. The accompanying tool kit, jack, owner’s manual, Becker radio instruction manual, spare parts list, first aid box, engine-bay work light, and factory sales brochure are important additions that further underscore the impressive attention to detail that has gone into this car’s exquisite presentation.
Since the restoration was completed in April 2012, the 300 SL has garnered significant accolades on the show circuit, testifying to the quality and accuracy of the work performed. During its debut showing, at the 2012 La Jolla Motor Car Classic, the 300 SL Roadster captured a First in Class award, defeating an impressive selection of entrants. From there, the car was displayed at the 2012 Gull Wing Group National Convention in Palm Springs, where it achieved an impressive Second Place in the highly competitive Show Roadster Division. The only other concours outing for this expertly restored 300 SL took place in August 2012 at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley.
In the care of the current owner, the 300 SL has been driven approximately 100 miles and meticulously maintained in show-ready condition. Brilliantly restored, authentically detailed, and immaculate in every respect, this is a truly outstanding representative of the legendary 300 SL Roadster. A stately presence on any show field, it is sure to find further success at the most prestigious concours d’elegance as well as marque gatherings.
Though this 300 SL is sure to remain a sensational concours display for many years to come, it should not be forgotten that these Mercedes-Benz are true driver’s cars, eligible for the very best tours and rallies. The fuel- injected straight six delivers a seamless rush of acceleration accompanied by a mechanical symphony and the pure, visceral experience of open motoring. It is in high-speed touring that the 300 SL Roadster really comes alive, and it would make a fabulous choice for events such as the Colorado Grand and the Copperstate 1000, where, on long sweeping sections and challenging mountain passes, driver and passenger can enjoy vintage grand touring at its finest. EST: 1 M- 1.3M US$
1956 Mercdes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
On April 16, 1957, the completed 300 SL was shipped to Los Angeles, and subsequently delivered to its first owner, William “Ike” Eichelkraut, a Northrop Grumman engineer then living in nearby Inglewood. After several years in his care, Mr. Eichelkraut sold the Gullwing to Daniel Jampol, a North Hollywood enthusiast who owned at least five 300 SLs during the early 1960s.
In 1965, Robert Robar of Van Nuys acquired the used 300 SL and, like many California- based Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts, became a member of the Gull Wing Group. After enjoying the 300 SL for the better part of a decade, Mr. Robar decided to retire the car to his home garage, though he continued to pay registration fees through 1983.
Recently discovered after 30 years in total seclusion, this highly original 300 SL is a most remarkable find.
Virtually untouched since its original delivery in 1957, the Gullwing possesses a fantastic time-warp appeal. According to the consignor, the vast majority of the patinated black paintwork is the original factory-applied finish, with a few minor areas of blending and touch-up evident. Similarly, the interior is factory original, from the cracked red leather upholstery to the distressed, hanging headliner. The engine bay retains nearly all of the important ancillary components and, most significantly, the original chassis and engine stampings – along with the factory data tags affixed to the firewall – appear clear and undisturbed. In the trunk, the original tool roll and side-window storage bag are present, as is an ancient Michelin X spare.
Attesting to the car’s long-term Los Angeles- area provenance are several charming details, such as the California Highway Patrol inspection sticker (with an expiration date of December 1975) as well as the original blue and yellow California license plate “G 300SL” with its Gull Wing Group accessory frame.
Given its rare factory color scheme and well- documented history, this matching-numbers Gullwing is a deserving candidate for either a high-point concours restoration or a sympathetic recommission. Whatever the future holds in store for this unique 300 SL, its current presentation is sure to appeal to those with a reverence for unrestored automobiles and it is virtually guaranteed to draw a receptive audience wherever it is seen.
This is a Mercedes-Benz with tremendous appeal to those with the most discriminating tastes. Significant 1950s sports cars in this condition do not come along very often, and with the passing years it is increasingly unlikely that very many wonderfully original 300 SLs will remain to be found.
For the collector who has been searching for an essentially untouched Gullwing that wears its history with pride, this is the chance of a lifetime. EST: 1.1 M – 1.4 M US$
1956 Gullwing – freshly restored
A three owners from new, this Gullwing has been carefully maintained and loved since the day it was delivered to a Toronto family. Remaining in this ownership from 1957 until 2006, it had covered a mere 56,000 miles at the time it was sold to its second caretaker. This enthusiast was thrilled with his purchase, which was still wearing its original finishes of red paint with green tartan cloth interior.
This 300 SL Gullwing was determined by its solid condition and history to be a perfect candidate for a thorough, top-quality restoration. An irreplaceable file of paperwork, dating back to 1957, documents its low mileage and maintenance from its earliest days. Its decades of respectful, sparing use and fastidious upkeep has preserved the Gullwing like few others.
In 2007, the Gullwing was brought to RM Auto Restorations shop in Ontario, Canada, for a complete restoration. The work involved the removal of the body from the tube-frame chassis and both were fully restored. Examination confirmed that the Mercedes-Benz’s body was straight and solid, save for some minor corrosion in the lower sections. Further, the engine was completely inspected and repaired as required and the suspension was overhauled.
New belly pans were made for the 300 SL, and all trim items were refinished. The original color scheme was changed to the dramatic black (DB 40) exterior with red leather expertly sewn and fitted into the cockpit. The restoration of the car’s innumerable small parts are chronicled by hundreds of photographs as is the final assembly. A series of images of the gleaming body being reinstalled on the restored chassis recalls the treasured factory photographs of the 300 SL assembly line. The spectacular results of the multi-thousand hour effort are immediately apparent upon inspection. This is without a doubt one of the most attractive, well-finished, and correct Gullwings in existence today.
This Mercedes-Benz had traveled only 150 miles before it passed into the hands of its third custodian in mid-2011. Since then, it has seen 1,000 miles pass, reaching a total of just over 57,000 miles from new. The consignor has shown the Gullwing in concours competition just once – the only time it has appeared since the completion of the restoration. That appearance, in a special class of 300 SL Gullwings and Roadsters at the 2012 San Marino Concours d’Elegance in California resulted in a Best in Class prize among formidable competition.
During the current stewardship, the Gullwing has been expertly maintained by noted Mercedes-Benz 300 SL specialist Rene Luteraan in Van Nuys, California, who has thoroughly sorted the car post-restoration. Today the Mercedes-Benz remains outstanding in appearance – beautifully maintained and fastidiously cared for – showing little evidence of use. Its presentation is as well suited for leading concours events as it is for high-speed touring or rallying.
On a recent extended drive, the Gullwing was found to perform extremely well, exhibiting smooth power at all speeds, confident braking, and outstanding road manners. The legendary engineering of the 300 SL is most apparent in this finely prepared example. This 300 SL Gullwing will undoubtedly provide its next owner, just its fourth in 57 years, the rare opportunity to own one of the very best of the best. EST: 1.35 – 1.7 M US$
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
This striking 1960 300 SL benefits from caring owners, high-quality maintenance by respected specialists, and an older restoration that continues to present well. Notable among its former owners is Ned Stone Tanen, the legendary Hollywood studio executive, who acquired the 300 SL in late 1987 at the pinnacle of his career. A driving force at MCA Records, which signed Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Olivia Newton-John, Mr. Tanen went on to head production of such hits as Jaws, The Deer Hunter, and Animal House at MCA’s Universal division. Mr. Tanen left Universal in the early 1980s to form Channel Productions, from which John Hughes’ “Brat Pack” classics Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club emanated. Going from strength to strength, Mr. Tanen became president of Paramount’s movie division in 1985 and under him, yet another succession of hits followed including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fatal Attraction, and Children of a Lesser God.
Mr. Tanen clearly enjoyed his SL and under him, it was carefully maintained. In 1995, Hjeltness Restoration of Escondido, California, refinished the exterior paint and repaired both the fuel- level gauge and heater. In 2007, the respected European-car specialists at West Los Angeles’ Sehmi Motors replaced the trunk and tonneau- cover seals, repaired the radio and clock, re-chromed the bumpers, tuned the engine, repaired the fuel pump, and replaced the tie rods. Next in 2008, Van Nuys Sports Cars of Sherman Oaks cleaned the fuel injectors, reconditioned the intake manifold, and replaced the water pump.
After Mr. Tanen’s passing in 2009, his remarkable automobile collection was gradually sold by his estate and the 300 SL, along with a Shelby 289 Cobra and Ferrari 275 GTB, were purchased by a highly selective California collector. The 300 SL was maintained for him in “ready-to-go” status by Jack Bianchi, the noted Santa Barbara-area sports car mechanic, who fitted a correct and hard-to-find white factory steering wheel to replace the Nardi wheel that was in place under Mr. Tanen. The 300 SL was acquired by the consignor in August 2012 and retains its original manuals and warranty cards, including the original tire warranty, plus a complete tool kit. The radio is the preferred Becker Le Mans unit.
A matching-numbers example of one of the most desirable and respected sporting machines ever conceived, this 1960 300 SL clearly continues to benefit from excellent care and maintenance, representing a strong and highly enjoyable touring and event car. With timeless, instantly recognizable styling, and race-bred technical specifications, it will continue to thrill its next owner and take pride of place in the finest of collections. EST:800,000 US$ – 1,000,000 US$
Donnerstag / Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:00 pm MST
Freitag / Friday, January 17, 2014 – 5:00 pm MST
RM Auctions versteigert einen Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Flügeltürer aus dem Jahre 1955, sowie einen Roadster aus dem Jahre 1956. Das Fahrzeug in diesem Jahre auf dem Turiner Automobilsalon ausgestellt und hat Rudge Räder. Das Fahrzeug wurde in silber mit rotem Leder ausgeliefert. Das Fahrzeug hat 4 Vorbesitzer und ist zur Zeit mit Sitzen aus dem 300 SL Roadster ausgestattet. Es verfügt über eine ältere Restaurierung. Die Preiserwartung liegt zwischen 1,1 und 1,4 Millionen US$.
The 300 SL Gullwing auctioned by RM was on display at the 1956 Turin International Automobile Salon. According to its Mercedes-Benz Classic Center data card, an English translation of which is in included in the file, it was originally displayed in Silver Grey Metallic (180), with special-order red leather interior (1079) and arguably the most desirable factory option, that of Rudge wheels. The car has 4 prior owners and is presently fitted with 300 Sl Roadster seats. The car shows an older restoration and has an estimate of 1.1 – 1.4 M US$.
Der zweite 300 SL ist ein Roadster aus dem Jahre 1958, der in hell blau (DB334) mit rotem Leder ausgeliefert wurde. Das Fahrzeug wurde von Rudy & Co. in Kanada Restauriert. Die Preiserwartung liegt zwischen 850 T US$ und 1,05m US$.
The second 300 SL at RM Auctions is a 1958 drum brake example in DB334 light blue over red leather 1079. The car shows its original color combination and was restored by model experts Rudy & Co. in Canada. The estimate is 850k – 1.05 M US$.
Bonhams 16. Januar Westin Scottsdale
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale AZ 85254
Das Auktionshaus Bonhams versteigert einen Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Flügeltürer aus dem Jahre 1955 in silber mit blauem Leder. Ursprünglich in Mittelblau ausgeliefert, wurde das Auto im letzten Jahr nach einer langjährigen Restauration bei Hjetlness in Kalifornien feriggestellt. Die Preiserwartung liegt bei 1.1 – 1.4 M US$
This original U.S. supplied Gullwing was completed on August 25, 1955 and shipped to New York. As supplied new it wore Medium Blue Paint (code DB350) and was trimmed in light grey leather. Being a later series car it benefited as new from the ATE brake booster, and is known to have carried the stock 3.64 rear axle ratio.
The Gullwing registry confirms that the Mercedes spent most of its early years in New York state, former owners being listed as David Todd of New York, and Martin Alperstein of Fishkill, New York, Alperstein being well known in SCCA circles for racing an MG TC. Later the car would pass to Richard M. Mills of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. By 2001, the car was with Jack Kaufman in Los Angeles from whom the present owner acquired the car, which became part of his collection of noteworthy Post-WWII sports cars. At this stage its odometer stated that the car had covered around 39,834 miles, which it was thought could easily have been from new.
Over the course of the last 12 years the Mercedes has been steadily refurbished and improved, while its mileage has risen to a still modest 41,822. Today, it sports the reverse of its original livery, conforming more to the benchmark guise for these cars and that which they had campaigned the prototype racers, being Silver Grey. It is immaculately presented aesthetically having just received a complete strip and repaint by Pollock Automotive Restoration of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. This silver hue is well offset with lustrous deep blue leather upholstery, and has a new headliner also installed by Pollock.
Early on in this ownership it was sent to esteemed Gullwing restorers Hjeltness Restorations of Escondido, California who carried out a major engine service, and rebuilt the brakes, master cylinder and brake booster, enabling the car to be usable and reliable. At the same time the correct rubber foot well mats were sourced and fitted as was a Talbot external mirror. In addition the engine has been completely rebuilt at the hands of another renowned expert for the model, Ed Tatios of Mike Tillson Motorcar Service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and only 200 miles have been covered since.
Fresh from its recent refurbishment, the 300SL was shown last Fall at the Radnor Hunt Concours, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, and Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat, where it drew much attention. Shod with a fresh set of Dunlop tires and complete with a tool kit and manuals, the car is ready to be presented at other similar events or else enjoyed on the road.
Just shy of the 60th anniversary of that New York Auto Show debut, the popularity of the iconic Gullwing has arguably never been stronger, this on-the-button example is a great way to sample that legend. The estimate is 1.1 – 1.4 M US$
Als zweiten 300 SL bringt Bonhams ainen Roadster mit Hardtop auf den Auktionsblock. Bei diesem Fahrzeug handelt es sich um einen frühen mit Scheibenbremsen rundum ausgestatteten Wagen aus dem Jahre 1960. dass seit Auslieferung diurch das Werk erst 49.000 Meilen zurückgelegt hat. Der Roadster ist in Grapghitgrau mit rotem Leder ausgeliefert worden. Im Rahmen einer Restauration im Jahre 1991 wurde das Auto in Rot umlackiert und erhielt eine beigefarbene Innenausstattung.Die Preiserwartung liegt bei 1 – 1.25 M US$
Late 1960 Roadster with disc brakes
This 300SL has a carefully documented ownership history that is known from new. Originally purchased by Don Youngblood of Chicagoland suburb Park Ridge, Illinois through Martin Loeber & Sons (now Loeber Motors), this car was constructed at the end of 1960 and delivered in January of 1961; it was the fifteenth 300SL to be fitted with 290mm disc brakes on all four corners. Finished in the fetching combination of Graphite Grey over Red leather with a Black convertible top, the original build sheet that accompanies the car indicates that Mr. Youngblood ticked the boxes for the optional Becker Mexico Radio and automatic antenna. Additionally, a fitted hardtop was purchased with the car—no doubt a concession for when Chicago’s notoriously cold weather arrived. The original invoice shows the total coming to $12,010.49.
Mr. Youngblood meticulously maintained the car at Loeber throughout his ownership with the receipts still on file to prove it. In November 1963, Judge H.R. Stoffels bought the Roadster with 11,325 miles on the clock. Judge Stoffels, a fellow Park Ridge resident whose home was only a mile and a half from Mr. Youngblood’s, likely saw the car in the neighborhood and eventually came to own it. Continuing the careful maintenance and record keeping that the first owner had done, service continued to be completed by Loeber until the Judge’s untimely death in late August of 1966.
Records next show the car with Sheldon Zimmerman of Northbrook, Illinois by April of 1969 with 27,241 miles on the odometer. However, the Roadster only remained with Sheldon for a brief span of time before finding its way to Tucson resident Gerald ‘Jerry’ Zimmerman. Now out of the harsh climate in Chicago, the Benz could enjoy the dry, sunny desert of Arizona. Zimmerman continued to keep close records of the car’s maintenance, with invoices for everything from oil changes to regular service being retained—just as the prior owners had done.
When the Roadster moved to its fourth owner, Carson ‘Jack’ Lee of Tempe, Arizona, in 1972, it had 33,000 miles on the odometer. Little record is retained of Mr. Lee’s ownership, but it is known that on January 10th, 1978 Tom Congleton of Mission Hills, Kansas brought the car to the Midwest for a decade. Shortly after purchasing the Roadster, Mr. Congleton changed the interior color to its current Saddle Tan leather. In 1988, the car was acquired by the current vendor.
Carefully maintained its whole life, the decision was made to do a complete, concours-quality restoration on the less than 45,000 miles-from-new 300SL starting in August of 1991. The no-expense-spared operation was carried out by the very well-regarded marque specialist Bob Platz of Automotive Restorations in East Camden, New Jersey. Over the course of two and a half years, nearly $350,000 was spent to bring the Roadster back to as-new condition with a careful eye for correctness and original details. The complete restoration from its very beginning to its ultimate completion in April of 1994 is extensively detailed in the 176 pages of invoices, receipts, and restoration photos that accompany the, which are available for perusal.
Now finished in Fire Engine Red over Tan, the 300SL has been methodically cared for since completion and a successful participant in the Copperstate 1000. Still showing very well with its original hardtop, fitted luggage, tool roll, owner’s manual, and fewer than 47,000 miles accumulated since it left the factory in Stuttgart, the Roadster’s top quality restoration has retained much of its luster over the last two decades but has mellowed to a point where one may drive and enjoy the Roadster without worry.
A welcome entrant to any number of highly sought after events, this beautiful disc brake and hardtop example is ready for a new home after a quarter century of careful upkeep, fastidious documentation and a restoration that, when carried out, cost twice what it took to buy a 300SL Roadster. Estimate 1 – 1.25 M US$
38 years of passion and dreams - Rétromobile in Paris
From February 5 to 9, 2014 once again the classic car season takes off in Europe with the Retromobile in Paris. Linking the past and the future, Rétromobile rises to the challenge of providing an exciting and fascinating event for vintage car enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world.
Emblematic collectors, extreme auctions, indoor and outdoor events, clubs, automakers, artists and vendors: all contribute to making these 5 days a very special experience.