Fully restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for $1.1 million at RM Sotheby's auction

Article by Christian A., on June 30, 2017

A month ago, we mentioned a rare Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster with an exquisite light green poly finish set to be auctioned at RM Sotheby's in Santa Monica, California. This unique roadster became the star attraction at the auction event that took place last weekend. The seller will most likely go home beaming due to the fact that it has been named as the highest-grossing car after having been snagged for an outstanding $1,100,000. The proud owner will not only obtain the exquisite roadster, but he will also acquire all the books, tools and luggage that came paired with the roadster.

The stunning droptop will celebrate its 60th birthday this year. It deserves to be commemorated as this particular roadster is considered as one of the most gorgeous cars ever made. This vehicle was restored in its pristine condition. When it was sent off the assembly line about 57 years ago, the roadster sported a Fire Engine Red finish, and now it flaunts an eye-catching Light Green Poly color.

On the other hand, the equally impressive 1992 Ferrari F40 sold for around $957,000. This model was finished in Rossa Corsa with less than 16,000 miles (25,749 km). The vintage Ferrari F40 is a US-spec vehicle and one of only 1,311 F40s ever built by the Italian sports car manufacturer. It was newly serviced by GTO Engineering and is in a mint condition both inside and out.

With regards to the supercar's impressive performance, there's an attached label that indicates that if the car is driven on a race track or speed beyond 186 mph (300 kph), the driver must consult with the manual for proper tire inflation pressure. This is pretty extraordinary given the fact that the sports car was originally sold around 1987.

Furthermore, the Ferrari F40's official top speed was recorded to be a superb 199 mph (320 km/h) in a test supervised by Auto Motor und Sport held at the Nardo Ring track. At the conducted test, the Porsche 595 Sport was registered at 202.5 mph (326 km/h).

At the Top 3 spot is the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy that was sold for a neat $880,000. The auction was held on June 24 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, with the auction garnering an astounding $9,315,931 in total sales with a 68 percent sell-through rate. The line-up of cars gathered bidders from 19 countries, which include Asia and the Middle East.

RM Sotheby will continue its 2017 auction year with its flagship Monterey sale that will be held on August 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Car Week. It will be a 2-day event that will feature around 100 motor cars, to be led by the recently announced 1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1.

Source: RM Sotheby's

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