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.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

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.

Lamborghini LM002 LM/American

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“We’re thrilled with the results of our Fort Lauderdale sale this past week. The increased quality of the automobiles on offer was noticed by clients and market analysts alike, which led to a higher sale total year-over-year, with 75 fewer cars. We saw strong prices across all categories, with the deserving Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs bringing numerous bidders and top dollar in today’s market. We’re also excited to see that the RM brand has drawn an incredible increase in global interest to the event, with nearly five times the number of international bidders over 2017.”

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Group

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.