Driven: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster/GT C Roadster

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster comes highly recommended | Mercedes-AMG photos
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster comes highly recommended | Mercedes-AMG photos

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is fast, expensive, and sexy. I could stop right there, because that summarizes this brand-new Mercedes-Benz better than anything else.

The hood stretches a veritable mile in front of the cockpit. The rump is nicely rounded. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V- delivers a whopping 469-horsepower, or 550 hp in the range-topping GT C Roadster model. Continue reading

Turns out, losing your car keys can be a good thing

Car's owner lost her keys after driving only 80 miles so car sat in underground garage | Coys photos
Car’s owner lost her keys after driving only 80 miles so car sat in underground garage | Coys photos

More than 20 years ago, a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 was purchased at the Normand of Mayfair dealership as a birthday present for a woman in England. After driving the car only 80 miles, the new owner lost her keys — and never drove the car again!

After being stored in an underground garage in the upscale Knightsbridge area of London, the car was rediscovered (underground garage find?) and was offered up for bidding this week at Coys’ Spring Classics auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz marks 60th anniversary of the 300 SL roadster

A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster heads out for the start of last year's Copperstate 1000 | Bob Golfen
A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster heads out for the start of last year’s Copperstate 1000 | Bob Golfen

Mercedes-Benz was flush with the success of its 300 SL “Gullwing” coupe, known internally as W198, after it was introduced in 1954. But open sports cars were the thing, especially in the all-important U.S. market, so the Stuttgart company set out to create an evocative roadster based on the Gullwing that retained the coupe’s style and performance.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster was revealed to the public 60 years ago at the 1957 Geneva Auto Show, where the bold, high-performance touring car was greeted with widespread acclaim from the press and public. This year, Mercedes celebrates the 60th anniversary of the introduction of what has become a highly valuable and sought-after collector car. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz sets three vintage racer track days

Mercedes-Benz 190 E This 2.5-16 Evolution II racing car is like the one Roland Asch raced | Mercedes-Benz photos
Mercedes-Benz 190 E This 2.5-16 Evolution II racing car is like the one Roland Asch raced | Mercedes-Benz photos

After a successful debut in 2016, Mercedes-Benz will stage three track days this year in Germany for owners of classic Mercedes racing cars. The dates are March 30 at Hockenheim, August 3 at Zolder and September 19 at Oschersleben. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE ‘Fintail’ rally car

1960 Mercedes-Benz is ready to rally
1960 Mercedes-Benz is ready to rally

Whether you’re looking to do an event such as Arizona’s Copperstate 1000 rally or the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, the Pick of the Day,  a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE “Fintail” sedan, might be just the vehicle you need. Continue reading

Catalogs create excitement for Arizona Car Week auctions

Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby's photos by Robin  Adams
Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby’s photos by Robin Adams

Every time I see her, Nicole James of our staff asks me if I’m excited about Arizona Car Week. The auctions, concours and social events affiliated with them are all new to an eager 20-something, so I play the old been-there/done-that curmudgeon and usually grumble something about a week of lost sleep. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster has been to many concours since it's 5-year restoration
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster has been to many concours since it’s 5-year restoration

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: The asking price on Pick of the Day for today is $1,995,900. But the car is a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster, restored and rebodied by Franz Prahl on a true 500K chassis, according to the seller, a collector car museum and dealer in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Absolutely stunning in every way with Concours provenance!” proclaims the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

‘Baby you can drive my car’ — John Lennon’s 230SL headed to Worldwide Scottsdale sale

John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL will be featured in the docket for Worldwide Auctioneers’ inaugural Scottsdale sale, scheduled for January 18, 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of this historic motorcar to our Scottsdale lineup, once the personal property of one of the most influential and celebrated music icons on the planet,” John Kruse of Worldwide said in a news release. Continue reading

‘Ultimate sports car list’ to be offered by Gooding in Scottsdale

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding

Four cars from Italy, England, Germany and the United States make up what Gooding & Company calls its “ultimate sports car wish list,” to be presented during its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – are landmark designs that carry pre-auction estimates ranging into seven figures. Continue reading

Mercedes offers Carl Benz Tour in classic vehicles in 2017

Vintage SLs in German wine country on the Carl Benz Tour route | Mercedes-Benz photos
Vintage SLs in German wine country on the Carl Benz Tour route | Mercedes-Benz photos

Ready to start planning your European vacation for the summer of 2017? If so, Mercedes-Benz has a suggestion: The Carl Benz Tour.

What’s the Carl Benz Tour? It’s a special three-day drive through the German state of Baden-Württemberg designed to take you to places both scenic and linked to milestones in the history of Mercedes-Benz. Continue reading