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Mercedes Benz Club Turns Out for Oktoberfest German Car Show at the Auto Motor Plex in Chanhassen

Despite cold temperatures and heavy fog and cloud cover a couple of hundred German cars showed up for the Oktoberfest German Car Show at the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz were the marques with the most cars on display. Many members of the Mercedes Benz Club of America Twin Cities Section were in attendance. There were a couple of nice BMWs, including two 1980s vintage 6 series cars. Volkswagen fans turned out with a handful of beetles an early ’70s Westfalia camper and a handful of other models including a couple of square backs, I even saw a late 70s / early 80s Scirocco! Many Porsche 911s from all years were in attendance, along with a 944, 928 and 914 sprinkled around. Mercedes-Benz cars were very well represented. Click this LINK for 100 photos of the Oktoberfest show on my Dave Knows Cars Flickr page.
Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Quite a few members of “The Pagoda Pack” were in attendance with the W113 ‘Pagoda’ SLs, including “Pagoda Pack’ ring leader Ken Garelick. Club members were in attendance with a 190SL, a W111 chassis 280SE sedan, several R107 SLs a an R129 SL, a couple of R230s, David Steingas was there with his always pretty 1951 220S Cabriolet. Two of the rarest Mercedes in attendance were the 600 Limousine and the 1955 300SL Gullwing. It was a real treat to see both of those cars as they don’t make appearances very often.
Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show
Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz was one of the event sponsors and sponsored the 35 piece German Band, ‘The Bavarian Muzikmeisters’ to give the event just the right true German flavor. The Chanhassen American Legion made brats and kraut available along with some real German beer.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show
The Mercedes-Benz Club board is talking about bringing back their annual show, held in June for the past 17 years in a row, except this year… hopefully the club can pull together a German Car Fest during the warmer Summer months as in years past to get German car fans out in greater numbers.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

A big thanks needs to go to Bruno Silikowski at the Auto Motor Plex in Chanhassen for hosting the event, to Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz and BMW of Minnetonka for sponsoring the event and all the volunteers from the different German car clubs that helped out with the organization and parking cars.
Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show
600 Limo.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show
Very rare, over the top, DP motorsport 911 slant nose turbo.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Car show

David Tobin
The first show appearance for my newly acquired Porsche 911 and the first time I’ve taken anything but a Mercedes-Benz to a German car show!

 

1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing in Graphite Grey Sells for $1.375 Million at RM Auctions’ Arizona Sale

In my email inbox this morning I got my daily email from Hemmings Motor News about happenings around the classic and collector car world. Of course I knew the Auctions were going on in Arizona this past weekend. Everyone thinks of Barrett-Jackson when they think of Arizona in January, but some of the highest caliber offerings are found at other venues, like RM Auctions Arizona event.

I was aware of a particular Graphite Grey  1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that was to cross the block at RM’s Arizona auction this past weekend and eagerly awaited the result of the sale. The car was restored to a very high level about five years ago. It was originally white with a blue leather interior, the color was changed during restoration. It has the desirable Rudge knock off wheels, chromed no less, as well as fitted luggage and a period correct accessory wood steering wheel.

The general thought in the collector car hobby is that Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes are undervalued at the $600,000 – $750,000 range they’ve been trading in recently and the hammered sale price of this particular example seems to confirm that. The car was sold for a whopping $1,375,000 after racing past the pre auction estimate of $700,000 – $800,000.

Only time will tell if this was a case of two rich guys in the same room who ‘just had to have it’ or whether this is a sign of things to come for the 300SL market. I’ve pasted the full press release from RM’s website with a full synopsis of their Arizona Auction weekend below. You can see photos and sale prices of all the cars at their Arizona auction on their website www.rmauctions.com .

I’ll be interested to hear what Keith Martin and the crew at Sports Car Market Magazine make of this one… a look at what’s to come for ‘regular’ steel bodied Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings? or a case of Arizona ‘auction fever’? If you’re not familiar with Sports Car Market Magazine have a look at their website and subscribe today… it is a great magazine and the definitive publication for anyone interested in the collector car hobby or the collector car auction scene and market in general. www.sportscarmarket.com It’s about $50 to subscribe for a year and I always think it’s funny to read some of the comments with the subscription renewals they publish… “Expensive, but worth it” is what one subscriber wrote recently… I might say the same thing about this 300SL that sold at RM. Don’t tell the folks at SCM, but I’d pay $100 to renew my subscription!

 RM PRESS RELEASE:

RM KICKS OFF 2011 CALENDAR WITH RECORD $30.8 MILLION ARIZONA SALE
Arizona – RM Auctions continues strong track record in Phoenix, Arizona posting almost $31 million in sales
– Sales tally represents highest results ever achieved in event’s 12 year history
– Top-seller: rare 1949 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta by Touring brings $1,870,000
– Four automobiles break magic million dollar mark
– 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe achieves new auction record, selling for $1,375,000
– Sale kicks off with successful ‘The British Are Back’ evening sale

PHOENIX, Arizona (January 21, 2010) – RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, enjoyed a strong start to its 2011 auction season this week, posting a record $30.8 million in sales at its annual Arizona event, with an impressive 96% of lots sold and four automobiles exceeding the magic million dollar mark.

Held at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the two-day sale presented 180 quality automobiles, spanning a diverse range of blue-chip automotive marques. Top honors went to a coveted 1949 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta, a matching-numbers Mille Miglia veteran and the 10th of just 25 examples built, which attracted strong interest, achieving $1,870,000.

A stunning, superbly-restored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe also garnered significant attention, spurring a lively bidding war between Europe versus the Middle-East to well-exceed its presale estimate at $1,375,000 – a new auction record for a steel-bodied 300SL Gullwing.

Illustrating RM’s global clientele, bidders represented 21 countries from around the world, including as far away as Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, Monaco and Australia.

“We are thrilled with the results from this week’s Arizona sale. The offering attracted strong interest from collectors around the globe, with numerous lots exceeding expectations,” says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions. “It is a great start to the New Year and paints a very positive forecast for the auction season ahead.”

Following the success of last year’s ‘The British Are Coming’, RM’s 2011 Arizona sale kicked off on Thursday, January 20 with ‘The British Are Back’ – an exclusive evening sale dedicated to the best of the British. Rolls-Royce claimed the top two sales of the night with a handsome 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket Sport Sedan, one of just three original Brewster-bodied examples, bringing $440,000, while an extravagant 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Phaeton, built for the Calcutta Motor Show, realized $379,500. Rounding out the top three sales from the evening, a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage exceeded its pre-sale estimate, selling for $352,000.

Friday’s top-sellers list was dominated by an exciting series of Ferraris and the ‘best of the best’ of the Classic Era. Continuing RM’s reputation as the global leader in the presentation of important and historic Ferraris at auction, the sale featured no less than 11 examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse. Led by the sale-topping 166 MM Barchetta, other highlights included a stunning 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, one of just 32 built, for $935,000; a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, offered from the personal collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, for $880,000; and the ex-Jacques Swaters 1995 Ferrari F50 Show Car, showing less than 1,000 miles, for $742,500.

The American Classics category was headlined by a rare 1933 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton by Dietrich which realized $1,760,000, closely followed by a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton driven by Elvis Presley in the film ‘Spinout’ for $1,237,500. The sale’s cover car – a spectacular 1931 Marmon Sixteen Coupe, one of only six survivors – also attracted spirited bidding, achieving $687,500 to set a new price level for Marmons.

Additional sale highlights included:
– a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Three-Position Drophead Coupe for $913,000;
– a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roaster for $577,500;
– a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarittz Convertible for $286,000; and
– a 1926 Duesenberg Model A Dual Windshield Phaeton for $275,000.

RM Auctions continues its 2011 calendar in Florida, March 12 with the return of its annual Amelia Island sale held in conjunction with the famed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The international auction house kicks off its European auction calendar, May 21 with a new sale at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the banks of Lake Como in Italy.

Full sales results from the Arizona sale will be posted online at www.rmauctions.com.