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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster Fetches $11.77M in Auction

While previously considered as a potentially record-setting vintage car, the rare 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster owned by Prussian baroness Gisela von Krieger and her family still managed to snag a pretty sum. The vehicle’s final number at the Pebble Beach auction was $11.77 million. Gooding & Co. expected the vehicle to shatter the world record for a vehicle’s auction price, with the same auctioneer setting that figure—a cool $16.4 million—with the sale of a 1957 Testarossa last year. Those expectations are based on the rarity of this vintage Mercedes-Benz model, not to mention the fact that this Special Roadster was owned only by a couple of von Krieger nobility…. Continue Reading »

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster a Contender to Set Auction Record

A rare 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is set to go up for grabs at an auction by Gooding & Company, and many believe this rare car has what it takes to break the auction record for vehicles when it goes up for bidding at Pebble Beach, right after the Concours d’Elegance show. Some say that the vehicle could easily fetch $10 million, but there are also some who think it can go high enough to exceed the current vehicle auction price record of $16.4 million, which achieved in 2011 for a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa car that was used by the manufacturer’s team to compete at Le Mans…. Continue Reading »

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1936 540K Special Roadster Could Become Auction King

There have been few Mercedes-Benz 540 Special Roadster units produced, and if you auction one that comes with a rich history, then it’s no wonder that the auctioneers are thinking that there’s a possibility that this one might just clinch the record for the price paid for a vehicle at an auction. The 1936 model year car used to be owned by a Prussian baroness, one Gisela Josephine von Krieger. It will be up for auction sometime in August, headed by Gooding and Co. in Monterey. According toDavid Gooding, founder and president of the classic car auctioneer, the vehicle was purchased brand-new by the baroness’s family, where the baroness herself… Continue Reading »

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1955 Gullwing Sells For A Princely Amount

As this auction result shows, it’s not only Ferraris that have a lock on the staggering amounts that collector cars sell for nowadays. At a recently concluded Gooding and Company auction, a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing garnered a $4,620,000 bid that made it the top seller for that auction. In comparison, a Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider changed hands at the same auction for $3,905,000. What made this Gullwing so expensive is the fact the it’s practically a museum piece in terms of condition. Being one of only 29 alloy-bodied 300 SLs was also a major factor in making the car so desirable. Aside from the rarity of… Continue Reading »

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The King’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Sells for £80,700

December 6 has come and gone, and so has the auction for the illustrious 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB limo formerly owned and pre-loved by none other than the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. The vintage piece of memorabilia was sold for a whopping £80,700 (around $127,350) at the Bonhams automobile auction held in Surrey, UK at Mercedes-Benz World. The highly sought-after vehicle was snagged by a collector from Germany. The powder blue Saloon Limousine was registered to Elvis himself, although he did give it away to one James Leroy Robertson, a friend, after owning the car for a couple of years. The fan club of The King even… Continue Reading »

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Pink Smart Fortwo up for eBay auction

Raising money for an advocacy such as cancer awareness is always a good way to get publicity. And that’s exactly what a certain bunch of celebrities have done with the Smart Fortwo, or something like it. Sitting beside the limited edition Smart Fortwo Pink Passion is a huge patchwork made completely out of fabric, courtesy of donations from the celebrities themselves. It doesn’t matter whether they donated clothes that are worth more than the average yuppy’s salary. Whatever proceeds that the limited edition Fortwo earns, it’ll all be donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign for the benefit of their breast cancer patient beneficiaries. Radio 1 disc jockey Sara Cox said… Continue Reading »

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The King has left his limo… for auction.

Hey, are you an Elvis fan? It seems the King of Rock and Roll has left not only his legacy by way of his music and his daughter, but one of his most prized possessions as well—a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB limousine—the very car that chauffeured the King himself around his extravagant destinations. Here’s the clincher, guys. The King’s vintage limo is being auctioned. By who? Well, none other than Bonhams, of course. It’ll be up for display at the year-end sale of Important Motor Car and Fine Automobilia. How special is this car? Well, let’s just say that this is one of the few motor cars that were actually… Continue Reading »

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