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Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities Section Attends the 2012 InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show in Downtown Osseo, MN!

Osseo Car Show Mercedes 300SL
Members of the Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America gathered early Saturday morning, May 12, 2012 at the new Mercedes-Benz dealership in Minnetonka, Sears Imports, to form up and drive North to Osseo, MN for one of the upper Midwest’s largest vintage, foreign car shows… the InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show. About 12 cars showed up at Sears Imports to make the 25 minute drive North to Osseo, another 3 or 4 member cars met the group at the show. The mix, and quality of the cars in attendance was spectacular. From the oldest car in attendance, new (only because his membership expired some time ago!) club member David Steingas’ 1951 220s to one of the newest, Matt Jurcich’s super clean 1999 ‘large and in charge’ S500 Grand Edition, the cars looked great and everyone was eager to check out the Intermarque’s new car show venue. For some time the Intermarque Spring Kick off Car Show was held at St. Paul’s Como Park, this was the first year for the show in Osseo.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Sears Imports
Twin Cities Mercedes Club members meet at Sears Imports to head up to Osseo.

Mercedes-Benz Club members, and their cars, that showed up at Sears Imports for the convoy North were:

Mark Flaten – 1971 280SL
Dave Bortner – 1969 300SEL 6.3
Dave Tobin – 1973 280C
David Steingas – 1951 220S Cabriolet
John Olson – 1959 300SL Roadster
Jack Church – 1985 500SL (euro)
Dean Nolde – 1999 SLK230
Daniel Miller – 1970 280SL
Jim Klecker – 1968 280SL
Matt Jurcich – 1999 S500 Grand Edition
Ron Burg – 1971 280SL

Dave Tobin Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Tobin corrals Mercedes Club members at Sears and passes out maps to the show.

A couple of other members met the group in Osseo including:
Ron Scott – 1980 450SLC
Don Stephenson – 1971 280SL

(I think most of the years of the cars mentioned above are correct, a couple could be a few years off).

Any new venue creates challenges to organizers of a car show of the size and scope of the InterMarque’s Spring Kick Off. Our Mercedes-Benz Club was one of the ‘club sponsors’ of the event. We were told we could pick just 7 cars (all had to have been built prior to 1991) to show on the main street of the show. The rest of our club member cars would be pointed to peripheral parking areas, but still be allowed to park together if we arrived together. Well, once we got there, we ended up with about 9 of our cars on the main drag and and a handful of other down the street and around the corner, others, those build after 1991 were parked in an entirely different area, so we were a bit spread out. In the end, there was plenty of room on the main street, so we really all could have parked together… there was more than enough space, but organizers just weren’t sure how it was going to shake out, so they did their best, which was quite good, this first time around. I spoke with them during the show and it sounds like they’ll apply the lessons learned this year to next year’s show. I would guess we’ll all be able to park in the same area next time.

We pitched our E-Z Up tent to provide us with some shade, set up a table with club membership materials and some back issues of the Northern Star for  passers by to pick up and take with them. It was a great day with a wide variety of cars in attendance.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Mercedes Benz Club tent and car display.

There were more British cars than anything, as usual, at this show… from MGs and Triumphs to Jaguars, Rolls Royces and Bentleys. There were a good number of Italian cars including a pair of Maserati Ghiblis and handful of Alfa Romeos, I could only find one Ferrari and it happens to belong to a gentleman I know fairly well, he also has two Mercedes-Benz vehicles as daily drivers… he was even wearing his Mercedes-Benz hat all day while standing next to his Ferrari, I guess he has decent taste. There were plenty of German cars as well… more Mercedes than Porsches or BMWs… thanks to our good club turn out.  I haven’t seen so many Citroens in one place since the last time I was in Paris… there seems to be a pretty active Citroen Club here in the Twin Cities.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
A great turn out of T series MGs and other vintage British cars.

The InterMarque group is a sort of consortium of car clubs… it is a single organization that sort of compiles information about all the different foreign car clubs in the upper Midwest, their events, website information, etc. and publishes a monthly online newsletter with car show and event information as well as articles and reports that are of interest to all sorts of car enthusiasts. They also hold regular events throughout the Spring and Summer, the group meets every Saturday morning at the Square Peg Diner in Minneapolis every Saturday morning. If you’re into old cars and want to keep up with what is happening in the Twin Cities old car scene you need to sign up to receive email updates from the InterMarque. Visit their website by clicking this link and sign up to receive InterMarque Updates, it’s FREE!

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Ferrari Mondial, Maserati Ghibli.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Wheels of Italy organizer Dan Schaefer's Alfa Romeo GTV.

 

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
MBCA-TC member Matt Jurcich's 1999 S500 Grand Edition.

 

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Steingas' 220S followed by Olson's 300SL, Bortner's 6.3, Flaten's 280SL and on down the line.
Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Jack Church's red 500SL, Tobin's '73 280 Coupe.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

John Olson 300SL Roadster

Mercedes Club Minneapolis cars Show

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Dave Bortner's 6.3.
David Tobin Dave Knows Cars Blog
Dave Tobin's 1973 280C.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

 

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Great looking Jaguar XK120.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Morgans are rare... Drophead Coupes are even rarer.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Citroen Traction Avant sedan.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Big 1925 Bentley.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder replica painted up like one of the Carrera Panamericana cars.

 

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
More MGs than you can shake a stick at.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club Ferrari
Some nefarious characters were even allowed into the show... Mercedes owner Alkis Michaelides brought his newest midlife crisis... a 1992 Ferrari Mondial.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Schaefer's Alfa GTV.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Pretty MG TC.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
This Mercedes-Benz 190SL showed up with a for sale sign in it... looked a bit tired for a $47,000 asking price.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Late in the day, and MG TD drives off, pipe in teh driver's mouth and all.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Show's over... Olson drives off, Flaten not far behind.
Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club
Following Olson in his 300SL (trying to keep up anyway).

One of the most fun parts of the day for me was driving back home… following John Olson all the way down Plymouth Rd / Xenium Lane / Zachary Lane for about 15 miles. People might not know what he’s driving, but all eyes, through every intersection, were on that 300SL, there is just something about that car, that shape… it absolutely must be one of the all time great designs. They look good in photos, on paper, but nothing prepares you for how they look gliding over the road at speed. A special day indeed.

Mercedes 300SL Roadster Expertly Restored here in Minneapolis by my Buddy Bruce Kelly of Lake Country Classics Crossing RM Auction Block RIGHT NOW! in Arizona Today, NO RESERVE! SOLD at $670k!

Mercedes 300SL RM Auctions

UPDATE! Sold at $670,000! It’s auction time in Arizona… this 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster will be auctioned this afternoon at RM Auctions Arizona sale being held at the Arizona Biltmore. What’s special about this particular car? A couple of things, one… it’s selling for no reserve, it’s a desirable 300SL roadster with Rudge knock off wheels that’s been recently exercised in the Copperstate 1000 Rally… but most interesting, to me anyway… is that this car underwent a complete, nut and bolt restoration several years ago by my good buddy, and partner in car crime, Bruce Kelly at his Lake Country Classics shop here in Minneapolis. Visit the RM Auction description here.
Bruce Kelly Mercedes 300SL

This is a superb example of an iconic 300SL Roadster, a model that has seen a serious upward value trend over the past several years. These are sought after by collectors today for several reasons. One basic reason is that they’re reliable, comfortable cars to drive, they start when you want them to start, they don’t over heat, they’re generally very reliable cars that you can feel comfortable taking on a long classic car rally without too much anxiety or worrying if it’s going to start in the morning and make it through the day.

Bruce Kelly Mercedes

This is lot number 331, it will be going over the auction block in a few minutes… you can visit RM Auctions website to see a live broadcast of the auctions as they happen. Just follow this link.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster For Sale On the Lawn at Seabrook Keels and Wheels


This ’61 300SL roadster is on display at the Keels and Wheels concours d’Elegance at the Seabrook Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX this weekend.

It was brought to the show for display by Drivers Source of Houston, a classic and collector car dealer. The car looks to have been restored fairly recently but moderate wear leads on to believe that it has travelled some miles since the restoration.

An original detachable hard top is included with the car. It has apprise card in the window asking $619,000. While the 300SL market is hot and all 300SLs are moving up in value, without Rudge wheels, luggage or some other options to make it extra desirable 619,000 seems a bit strong to me.

Unless a full and comprehensive inspection found something exceptionally good or exceptionally bad inside or underneath I would think this is a $550,000 – $575,000 car. It looks great in the black / red color combo.

Wayne Carini Visits Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Specialist ‘Spirited Automobiles’ on HD Theater’s Chasing Classic Cars


I was watching an episode of HD Theater’s “Chasing Classic Cars” with Wayne Carini the other day and Wayne visited a shop in British Columbia with with one of his customers looking for a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. As they walked through this shop and showroom, full of 300SLs, coupes and roadsters, a couple of Ferraris and other interesting things I started thinking… where are they?

As anyone who knows me or reads my blog with any great frequency knows, I spend most of my free time combing the internet looking at cars, cheap cars, expensive cars, from Craigslist sites all over the country to eBay to specialty dealer sites like FantasyJunction.com. I’ve got such a deep catalog, I thought I’d found them all, when the other day I stumbled across a new one, in British Columbia, Canada. While looking for Mercedes Gullwings I came across Spirited Automobiles.

Their website is great, easy to navigate, straightforward and the quality of the cars they have on offer… amazing, really beautiful stuff. A Jaguar XKSS, several 300SL coupes and roadsters, a Ferrari 365 GTB Spyder, all sorts of interesting and rare cars. The photos of each car are beautiful as well, I was so happy I found this site, it will, no doubt, be a regular stop on my vintage car web surfing rounds.

So while watching this episode of Chasing Classic Cars I heard Wayne say “We’re going to go out to see a 300SL specialist in British Columbia” and I thought… how many 300SL specialists can there be in BC? As they walked into this showroom I started to recognize the posters and signs hanging in the shop, through a doorway in the background, from photos on the Spirited Automobiles website. 

The folks at Spirited Automobiles seem to be the genuine article, and I suppose if Wayne Carini is flying out there in his customer’s private jet, the inventory must be worth looking at. They visited Bruce Canepa’s place in Northern California as well and looked at a car there, but they ended up buying the one at Spirited Automobiles, a 1962 300SL roadster (photo of that car below).

The general consensus in the collector car world is that  Mercedes-Benz 300SLs continue to be undervalued in today’s market. Despite the fact that standard Gullwing coupes go for anywhere between $500,000 and $750,000 depending upon condition and roadsters for between $350,000 and $600,000 they are considered ‘good buys’. It wasn’t too many years ago… like 5 or 8 years ago, when Gullwings were $250,000 and roadsters were still hovering around $150,000. The 300SL is one of the few collector cars where the coupe generally brings MORE money than the convertible of the same model. The Gullwing doors are just so iconic, the coupe design is so good that it trumps the roadster in terms of price and value despite the fact the roadster is generally thought to be a better car to actually use, a more comfortable car to drive and live with.