Santa Monica, Calif. (December 3, 2018) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling some of the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is thrilled to announce that its annual Scottsdale Auctions will feature one of the most collectible and superior offerings of post-war Mercedes-Benz to come to auction in recent years. The event, which will take place on January 18th and 19th, 2019, will have a remarkable range of automobiles – from iconic 300 SLs with rare and desirable features to the classic 3.5 SE Cabriolet, the company has handpicked some of the greatest offerings from this renowned marque.
“All of these Mercedes-Benz are exceptional cars. They represent the best of German engineering and ingenuity and are eligible for countless concours and club events,” notes David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “This is especially true for the 300 SL, which was hugely advanced for its day. These models offer a robust and reliable drivetrain, which makes them easy to own and enjoy, especially in modern traffic.”
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (Estimate: $1,750,000 - $2,250,000) This ultra-rare 300 SL Roadster is one of only 210 final examples built with the desirable alloy-block engine and disc brakes. The car has traveled less than 16,000 miles and has had just three owners since new; very few 300 SL Roadsters can boast these attributes. Finished in a beautiful shade of white over its original red leather upholstery, this 300 SL has the optional Nardi steering wheel, and is also equipped with an original set of red Karl Baisch luggage and optional hardtop. With a majority of the remaining great alloy block roadsters residing in permanent collections and not likely to change hands in the foreseeable future, this truly outstanding example is worthy of serious consideration.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (Estimate: $1,100,000 - $1,400,000) This wonderfully preserved Gullwing was recently discovered in a Northern California garage where it had been kept out of the public eye for decades. It was sold new to famed Austrian conductor and passionate car enthusiast Herbert von Karajan, and was ordered with a very rare and unusual specification – it is finished in Weissgrau (DB 158) with tan vinyl upholstery with red plaid fabric inserts. Most importantly, the car was ordered with Rudge knock off wheels - a very rare and desirable option for the 300 SL. This is undoubtedly a wonderfully optioned Gullwing, with distinguished provenance that is confirmed by its factory build record, that has never been presented before at public auction.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster (Estimate: $900,000 - $1,300,000) The most covetable and collectible model of the W188 series is undoubtedly the 300 Sc Roadster presented here. One of only 53 ever built, the Roadster, in contrast to the Cabriolet, featured fold flat top that disappeared completely into the coachwork, under a simple leather boot. In 1997, this Sc was treated to a five-year, concours restoration by renowned specialist Don Mertz of Sun Valley, California. The car is presented in a superb combination of Dark Red over a Cognac leather interior and fitted with a matching luggage set.
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (Estimate: $900,000 - $1,200,000) The 300 SL Roadster presented here has had just three owners since 1963. The car’s second owner spared no expense during a four-year restoration by marque expert Bill Richardson of Richardson Restoration & Machine Werks in Phoenix, Arizona. Finished in its rare original color combination of DB608 Elfenbein Ivory over green leather, the result of the work was such that it won both a People’s Choice Award and First in Class at the September 2012 Mercedes-Benz Starfest National Concours d’Elegance. Presented in stunning, show-ready condition with less than 44,000 miles on the odometer, this outstanding Roadster is ready to grace any of the world’s finest collections.
Additional Mercedes-Benz Highlights
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet (Estimate: $275,000 - $350,000)
Desirable 3.5-litre V-8 engine with rare floor shift
Finished in an attractive combination of Silver Grey Metallic over black leather interior
Extensively refurbished both cosmetically and mechanically
1967 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Cabriolet (Estimate: $250,000 - $325,000)
Rare top-of-the-line model with fuel-injected straight-six, hydraulic suspension, and factory air-conditioning
Beautifully restored in the distinctive color scheme Weissgrau (DB 158) over a green interior with a matching green soft-top
The Scottsdale Auctions Dates: Friday, January 18 at 11:00am and Saturday, January 19 at 11:00am Location: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4700 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | Corner of N. Scottsdale Road and E. Highland Ave. Public preview: Wednesday, January 16 – Saturday, January 19 Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoodingandCompany Twitter: @goodingandco #goodingscottsdale Instagram: @goodingandcompany #goodingscottsdale YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/GoodingandCompany Phone: 310.899.1960