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Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz Open Haus! Join Us for Food, Cars and Fun, Saturday, May 12 from 11:00am – 3:00pm

Sears Imports Mercedes Open House

Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz is having a Spring Open Haus on Saturday, May 12, 2012! Come join us at the dealership between 11:00am and 3:00pm for FREE gourmet German food from Deutschland Meats, beverages and other refreshments while you browse our new and pre owned vehicle inventory.

We expect to have a new 2013 SL550 on hand for the Open Haus, as we are already beginning to receive new 2013 SL inventory.

There will be great lease and purchase deals available for all new 2012 vehicles including our entire E and M class inventory as well as C class and GLK class vehicles. There are also special deals on Certified Pre Owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles… the Special Coupe and Cabriolet CPO event continues… Interest rates as low as 1.99% APR are available on Certified Pre Owned CLK convertibles!

Come on out for lunch or come on out to find that new car… everyone is welcome!

2012 Mercedes C250 Coupe and ML350 Arrive at Feldmann Imports for Sales Person Training Direct Injection and new Infotainment Systems in Both!

National Mercedes-Benz product specialists arrived at Feldmann Imports on Tuesday with two exciting new models for the 2012 model year, the all new ML350 and the completely new model, the C250 Coupe. There are some very exciting developments to discuss here. The C250 should be in dealers inventory within a month or so. The ML will come a little later, in September of this year.

The 2012 ML350 has the same wheelbase, body pan and C pillar… beyond that, it’s a new vehicle entirely. It’s essentially the same size as the outgoing model, not too big, not too small… just right. The body has changed quite a big, most obviously in the front with a more upright grille lightly inspired by the SLS AMG, the way we’re seeing all of the Mercedes-Benz models going. It looks quite a bit different from the side as well, with door based style lines a bit more like the GLK and GL.

The electronics and telematics in the new ML are based on the newest NTG 4.5 system, which incorporates the navigation system, music management, all of the gadgets you can imagine. Pairing bluetooth phones is even easier than before, downloading phone books and contacts from your mobile phone is also a lot easier. The optional music register now handles up to 10MB of music storage, a USB port is now available along with the iPod interface, now neatly packed into the center console storage area… no more reaching over to the glove box to plug in your iPod or iPhone.

The new 3.5 liter engine in the ML350 is a direct injection unit. While horsepower has been bumped up from 268HP up to 302HP, fuel economy has increased by about 10% through the use of direct injection… interestingly enough… the 300SL from 1954 also had direct injection, so the concept is nothing new to Mercedes-Benz, they’ve just brought it back into one of their bread and butter models.

The C250 Coupe… wow, this is a great looking car, and to me, from the driver’s seat, feels A LOT like the E class coupe. The seats are great, fully sculpted and formed right to your body, there are nice, big chrome handles to electrically move the seats forward for easy back seat access. And no, I wouldn’t want to drive to California sitting in the back seat, but if you had to carry a couple of passengers you could… you just wouldn’t want to go too far if they were very tall. The C250 sports the Mercedes-Benz in-line 4 cylinder 1.8 liter turbo engine they’ve been using in their vehicles in Europe for years. There is no reason to think this is a brand new engine that will ‘have problems for the first few years’ it’s been available in C and E classes in Europe (where $4.00 a gallon gas would be considered a bargain!) for years.

This car got over 30mpg driving up from Chicago according to the trainer who drove it, and he didn’t realize he had it in 5th gear for more than an hour, after he had been playing around with the paddle shifters, and failing to put it back into automatic mode where it would have used 7th gear. It’s got 201HP and also uses direct injection technology to maximize efficiency.

I immediately noticed that the standard (non-Multi Media Package) screen for the stereo and other telematic items was larger… now 5.8 inches standard instead of 4 inches. It also gets the NTG 4.5 system with the USB port, also.. bluetooth audio streaming from your iPhone or other bluetooth music device.

In short… there are a lot of new features in these newest Mercedes-Benz models. I’m beginning to think we’re driving entertainment centers on wheels, but the good old transportation aspect of these cars remains top of the line.

Another Mercedes Benz CLK Coupe! Pewter w/ Black Interior Under 40k Miles Just $18,541

If you missed out on the last CLK coupe we had, the 2009 CLK 350 Grand Edition, this might be the next best thing. This is a 2004 CLK 320 coupe, pewter in color with black interior. This CLK is a one owner vehicle, originally purchased here at Feldmann Imports back in 2004, with an MSRP of more than $48,000.

It was just traded in for a new vehicle here at Feldmann Imports last week. It has a clean history and clean Carfax vehicle history report. It’s got just over 38,000 miles on its odometer and is for sale today for just $18,541. Stock# N6294A.

2012 Mercedes C Class Coupe to Be Introduced at Geneva Auto Show


I’ve posted some information about the new 2012 C class line up on the blog recently, mostly info about the slight changes to the C class sedan and the new engine offerings from Mercedes-Benz on their very brisk selling entry level sports sedan. This week I came across the official press release from Mercedes-Benz about the new C class Coupe that’s being introduced at the Geneva Auto show in two weeks. I’ve pasted a piece of the official press release below the photos.

I must say, the C coupe looks awfully good and considering it’s probably going to be priced at, or just below, $40,000… it looks like a nice package that won’t break the bank. The new engine choices (including the new 4 cylinder Turbo) should be great for gas mileage and the availaibility of options like the Driver Assist Package that used to only be found on models higher up the Mercedes-Benz food chain is refreshing.

Interesting Fuel Economy and engine spec info by engine type:

Link to previous Dave Knows Cars article on the 2012 C class, changes and new offerings.

Excerpt from the official Mercedes-Benz Press Release:

The perfect shape: the C-Class Coupe

  • In a class of its own: expressive, dramatic coupe design
  • Drive and vigor: two powerful direct-injection engines to choose from
  • Helping hand: numerous assistance systems available
  • Connected: new generation of telematics

The new MY2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1 and make its way to U.S. showrooms in September. The 302-hp C350 and 201-hp C250 include the progressive technology featured on the upcoming MY2012 C-Class sedan, but packaged in a coupe design that combines pure driving fun with exemplary efficiency.

“By extending the C-Class portfolio, we are consciously targeting new customers,” says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The new model is youthful, stylish and expressive. What we are offering is an exceptionally sporty way to enter the world of the Mercedes-Benz coupe.”

Dramatic design with classic coupe proportions

From the side, the new coupe captivates the onlooker with its compact proportions, low silhouette (1.5 inches flatter than the sedan) with powerful shoulders and a narrow C-pillar in a classic three-box design. Typical coupe features include the short front overhang, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long, sloping roof. The greenhouse extends far beyond the rear axle to an aggressive short rear end.

While the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline provides a link to the C-Class sedan, its strong upsweep into the C-pillar is an entirely distinctive element. This part of the beltline trim moves sharply upwards to meet the roofline trim and not only adds an aggressive touch to the side windows but also enhances the powerful shoulders.

Front and rear: truly a coupe, truly C-Class

At the front, the new coupe shares the same styling as the latest C-Class sedan and yet still has its own personality. The front view is dominated by the prominent radiator grille surround including the bumper. The center air intake opens upwards, forming a visual base for the radiator grille, which has the double-louvre style typical of a coupe. Two chrome louvers extend on either side of the central star, tapering off at the outer edges and creating an aggressive, arrow-shaped horizontal sweep which gives the front end a pronounced V-shape.

This continues into the side sections which extend from beneath the headlamps and blend into the feature lines along the vehicle’s length, thereby linking the front end with the sides. The side air intakes in the bumper featuring integrated horizontal daytime running lamps are positioned low, giving the coupe a road-hugging appearance. The shape of the clear-lens headlamps creates a dramatic impression, and acts together with the hood, radiator grille and bumper trim to reinforce the pronounced front section.

From the rear, the new C-Class Coupe looks athletically compact. The appearance of length is reduced by the flowing roof beyond the rear axle, steeply raked rear window and fluid C-pillars. A wide groove at the top of the trunk lid, which is based on the side panel, emphasizes the rear’s compactness. Positioning the tail lights as far apart as possible emphasizes width. This particular impression of depth is achieved by a centrally located LED indicator, which appears to float in front of the red upper and lower lights with their more deeply set LEDs. Continuous, horizontal light-catching contours in the bumper further accentuate the broad, deep-set effect. A diffuser towards the bottom of the rear bumper between the tailpipe trim makes the rear end look lighter and gives the vehicle a distinctively sporty and dramatic quality.

Find more at www.mbusa.com

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.

Evolution Over Revolution – 50 Years of the Mercedes-Benz E class Coupe

As I was on my way out of the showroom today I stopped in front of the new E class Coupe and just looked at it. Each line, how one meets the next flawlessly, the low roof line, it’s such a racy looking car. How did the designers manage to make it look fast while it’s standing still? Are two door cars inherently more attractive than sedans? I’m not sure why two door coupes have always looked so good. 

I admire Mercedes-Benz for allowing their cars to evolve over time, it seems as if they’ve taken an approach of evolution over revolution. If you look back, each car has built upon the one that came before it. From the inside out, you can always trace the next model back to the ones that have come before it. 

Here’s a look back at what could be considered 50 years of E class coupes from Mercedes-Benz. They didn’t always call it the E class coupe, but these are some of the mid sized coupes that have worn the three pointed star since the early 1960s. 

Mercedes-Benz 220se - 1961 (more of an S class coupe really, but it looks so good!)

 

The 250c 1968 -1973 an amazingly affordable entry level collector Mercedes.

 

The W123 series coupe 1976 - 1985 a long production run, many survivors still on the road.

 

The W124 Series, late 80s in to the mid 90s, we still see these in for service at Feldmann's

 

First generation CLK 1996 - 2002 still one of my favorites, especially the 55 AMG version!

 

Second generation CLK 2003 - 2009 a great value today and available as a Certified Pre Owned car.

 

2010 E class coupe 2010 - The future is now. Wonderful driving dynamics, a big step forward!