At the March 9 Gooding & Company Auction on Amelia Island, FL, the Drendel Family Collection sold 16 Porsches — 12 of them historically significant cars.
Matt Drendel, who was only 35 years old when he died in November 2010, created the collection. The sole child of a prominent Hickory, NC, family, Drendel spent a substantial part of his life with cars, especially Porsches. Starting in 2001, it took him less than 10 Read More
When presented at the Paris Salon in 1936, the Mercedes-Benz 540K was the culmination of two models that served as test beds: the 380 and the 500K.
The 380, introduced in 1933, was the work of Hans Nibel, the legendary Mercedes engineer who had developed some formidable competition machines. Thus, the new Mercedes featured a particularly sophisticated suspension for its time: all independent, with double wishbones at the front and swing axles at the rear — Read More
Derived for sport, this aluminum Gullwing did not see competitive use. Completed on April 20, 1955, 5500208 was appropriately finished in metallic silver gray over a blue leather interior. The 300SL was also outfitted with Rudge wheels, the NSL motor and Plexiglas windows per aluminum-build specifications.
On May 27, 1955, the alloy Gullwing was shipped to Veron Holz of Bonita, CA. Although the early history of this Gullwing is not known, there is no apparent race Read More
Why such a high price? Well, this Carrera was well turned out and underwent a top-notch restoration
Chassis number: 102210
Engine number: 90914
– Legendary four-cam Carrera engine
– RHD example delivered new to Stephen O’Flaherty in Dublin
– Fully factory equipped from new with sunroof, Rudge wheels and more
– Matching-numbers engine
– Period racing history, contested Leinster Trophy and Dunboyne Trophy
– Restored by Porsche specialists European Collectibles and numerous marque experts
BMW regularly took turns down dead-end roads, and this strange and wonderful car is one of them
Chassis number: V0010
Engine number: V00102800
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Berton
The concept, or show, car emerged after World War II as a means of generating publicity and gauging the public’s reaction to often-radical ideas for new models. They were built as design proposals, rolling laboratories, marketing experiments, automotive provocations and everything in between. The BMW offered here, “Spicup” — the name arises from Read More
This car is a glorious driving experience — one that is being recognized at a time when depreciation pounds modern collectibles
Chassis number: WP0AC29917S793226
From the auction catalog: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2-door coupe, orange/black with a 4-cylinder, 3.6-liter engine and 6-speed manual transmission. A collector car with 1,009 actual miles. All original, beautiful condition with no damage history and no mechanical history. Dealer maintained.
This car was supplied new to the wife of well-known Tulsa-based actor and producer Milton Berry. She kept this quality, matching-numbers Mercedes-Benz 280SL until it was traded in to the original Tulsa, OK, Mercedes-Benz dealer in 1999. It stayed in his personal collection until 2010, when it was ultimately purchased by the present owner after years of asking. The odometer reads 75,420 miles, which is almost certainly actual, although it is stated as exempt on the clear Oklahoma title.
The Mercedes-Benz 540K was one of the most prestigious and most beautiful automobiles of the interwar years. Its combination of power, light weight and sheer beauty made it the master of the road, and it was a testimonial to the astonishing capabilities of the German automotive engineers of the day. It was also breathtakingly expensive, guaranteeing exclusivity amongst its owners. Just 419 chassis were built, and of those, only 25 carried the superlative long-tail Special Roadster coachwork that may well Read More
Conceived in the early 1980s as a 4-wheel-drive Group B competitor, the Porsche 959 was first displayed in concept car form at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite the subsequent abandonment of Group B, the 959 entered limited production in 1987 as a machine that successfully adapted state-of-the art racing technology for road use.
At the car’s heart was a unique, 2,849-cc version of the classic, 6-cylinder, air-cooled boxer engine equipped with water-cooled, double-overhead-camshaft, 4-valve cylinder heads. Developed for the Read More
In 1954, at the New York Motor Show, Max Hoffman unveiled two new Mercedes sports cars: the 190SL and the 300SL touring car. This car was adapted from the 300SL racing car for road use and its distinguishable feature was its “gullwing” doors.
Although slightly more down to earth than the factory cars, the 300SL remained a car for racing enthusiasts craving acceleration. Mercedes-Benz still managed to sell 1,400 units in four years, but faced with a slump in demand Read More