The million-dollar sale of a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing made headlines at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale sale, with all proceeds donated to charity by the consigner. A YMCA charity in Jackson, Michigan, will benefit from the $1.1m sale fee after the highly original Gullwing sparked a bidding battle between parties.
Another Mercedes 300 SL lead a long list of high-value sales, with a 1962 Roadster selling for $1.5m, while other American automotive exotica ruled bidding interest at the Florida event. The RM Auctions sale totaled a combined $19.1m of lot fees over the weekend.
Sought-after 300 SL Roadster headlines auction values
The most valuable lot from the two-day auction was a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, sold for $1.5m. The car spent four decades in the possession of one owner, covering only 36,600 miles from new. The Roadster – introduced by Mercedes-Benz as a convertible version of the Gullwing – is an early suggestion of the increasing focus that the German manufacturer would place on luxury cars in the ensuing decades.
Focus on American automotive exotica
The US-based auction recorded high sale fees across all segments of the collector car market, especially those made in America. A single-owner 2006 Ford GT, which has covered only 10.8 miles since new, sold for $352,000. A 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Sport Phaeton sold for $374,000, a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado made $242,000 and Chevrolet Corvette of the same year commanded a $217,250 sale price under the hammer.
Elsewhere, a 1990 Lamborghini LM002 LM/American made $368,500, 1949 Bentley B Special Speed 8 $365,750 and a 2016 Porsche 911 R $300,000.
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