2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe

At about $10,000 below the auction company’s low estimate and a titanic $145,000 below the 2005 list price, those 4,500 miles were dear indeed

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The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren revives the glorious tradition of the 300SLR and marks the reawakening of Mercedes-Benz’s passion for super sports cars. It is a passion that can be traced throughout automotive history and which was demonstrated with the Uhlenhaut Coupe.

A contemporary Read More

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

At its launch, the 300SL cost more than twice the price of a Jaguar XK 140. Today, it’s worth about four times as much

Mercedes-Benz returned to postwar competition in 1952, fielding two of its new 300SL (W194) sports cars in the Mille Miglia. The pair finished a creditable 2nd and 4th overall in this most difficult of events, and the promising start was followed up by a win in the challenging Read More

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

Mercedes-Benz returned to postwar competition in 1952, fielding two of its new 300SL (W194) sports cars in the Mille Miglia. The pair finished a creditable 2nd and 4th overall in this most difficult of events, and the promising start was followed up by a win in the challenging La Carrera Panamericana.

The Works first raced the 300SL (Sport Leicht) in open form, but for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, a trio of “gullwing”-doored coupes was entered. High Read More

1944 Volkswagen Schwimmwagen

Schwimmwagen owners seem to be an enthusiastic crowd, often seen in the company of drastically less hip Amphicars

Porsche’s Type 60 (the Volkswagen prototype), with its strong backbone chassis and air-cooled engine, had been recognized as an ideal basis for the German army’s proposed Kübelwagen (“bucket car”)-a lightweight, open utility vehicle.

A small number of Type 62 Kübelwagens were in service by the time war broke out. Experience with these early vehicles Read More

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe

Stuttgart’s choice of pre-WWII, 540K designer Hermann Ahrens masked brilliant new engineering with an image of the past

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More expensive than the 300SL sports car and almost double the price of a contemporary Cadillac, the Mercedes-Benz 300S was one of the world’s most exclusive automobiles. Elegantly styled in the prewar manner, yet technologically up to date, the 300S was built to the Stuttgart firm’s uncompromising standards. Such conservative luxury produced Read More

1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring

The most distressing point is that the whereabouts of any original parts from chassis 1316 do not appear to be known

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Porsche revived the Carrera name for its top-of-the-range 911 in 1972-73. Designated Carrera RS (Rennsport), the newcomer was intended as a limited-edition “homologation special” to enable the factory to enter Group 4 competition in the Special GT class, with a minimum build requirement of 500. However, the demand for Read More

1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring

This Porsche 2.7-liter Carrera RS, a left-hand “Touring” model delivered in Light Ivory, was supplied new to private owner Bernard Dulcy, who had previously raced Renault Dauphines and Alpines from 1961 to 1966. With his regular co-driver Jean-Francois Bagarry, the French privateers drove their new Porsche in a number of road events, including the 1975 and 1977 Monte Carlo Rallies (3rd in group in 1975), the Acropolis four times from 1975 to ’79 (1st in group in 1975), the 1975-76 Read More

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type Saoutchik Roadster

The underbidders stopped bidding when they thought the car wasn’t selling-bad luck, as it was

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The 6.8-liter S-type was produced in four series from 1927 to 1930, with a total output of some 170 cars. This car is from the original 1927-28 series, of which just 26 were built. It was ordered new from Mercedes-Benz Inc. in New York by Mrs. Charles Levine, believed to be the wife of the Read More

1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible

The M121 4-cylinder engine produced a modest 105 hp and it desperately needed another 50-even 30 would have done the trick

Available from May 1955, the 190SL convertible shared styling cues with its grander brother, the 300SL. It was a sports tourer, robustly built and designed for customers who preferred refinement over performance. Well-designed and sturdy, it’s still a decent daily driver. The car presented here is a fresh example of this Read More

1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Convertible

It takes a while for enthusiasts to realize these cars are about craftsmanship and balance, rather than style

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Mercedes continued its tradition of quality in the mid-1950s with the 220S and 300 model range. The 220S was offered in saloon, coupe, and convertible form.

The 220S Convertible (W128) was produced in limited numbers from 1956 to 1959. It was the last of the “Ponton” series, which had begun in 1953 Read More

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