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

Pick of the Day: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

The Mercedes-Benz 230SL appears to be in decent driver-quality condition
The Mercedes-Benz 230SL appears to be in decent driver-quality condition

In the 1960s, Mercedes-Benz was in a period of transition. The cars from the German company were starting to change their focus, and the automaker was working hard to deliver the type of sporting car that buyers in the United States were looking for. Enter the Pagoda roof W113 roadster, the 230SL. Continue reading

London to Brighton plans tribute to auto’s German roots

1904 Mercedes is a London to Brighton veteran | RAC photo
1904 Mercedes is a London to Brighton veteran | RAC photo

Noting that it was 130 years ago that Karl Benz unleashed his Patent-Motorwagen on the world, and that only 60 miles away Gottliet Daimler was working on a self-propelled vehicle, officials of the London to Brigton Veteran Car Run in England plan to showcase pioneering German vehicles November 6 in the world’s longest-running motor event.

Fourteen of the more than 400 cars entered in the rally were produced in Germany, the organizers said in a news release which notes that several of those cars were done by long-forgotten marques including Adler, Delin and Cudell. Continue reading

Hagerty chart shows biggest losers in classic car depreciation

Hagerty
Hagerty

The Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation company recently released the 31st edition of its closely watched Hagerty Price Guide after a period of ups and downs and mood swings in the classic car market.

Among the results were a number of high-profile cars that have depreciated after several years of climbing in value. Among them, such modern supercars as the Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT, as well as vintage favorites such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Even some so-called blue-chip collector cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, softened slightly. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original
The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original

Here’s a car to consider when the talk turns to future classics, those vintage vehicles that are relatively unloved and inexpensive today but have a lot of possible upside in the future.

The Pick of the Day is a 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL, a sporty GT convertible that could become a bona fide collector car not too long down the road, just as the 230, 250 and 280 SL “Pagodas” of the ’60s – so nicknamed because of the shape of their removable hardtops – have soared in value in recent years. Continue reading

McPherson College welcomes Pebble Beach Class of 2023

Students at McPherson College will restore this Mercedes 300S with hopes of qualifying for Pebble Beach in 2023 | Larry Edsall photos
Students at McPherson College will restore this Mercedes 300S with hopes of qualifying for Pebble Beach in 2023 | Larry Edsall photos

Folks involved with McPherson College’s automotive restoration program unveiled a vehicle Saturday they hope students will have restored so well that the 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S convertible will be invited to be judged on the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance come 2023.

You read that number correctly — 2023 — as in seven years from now. Continue reading