Auction Preview and Price Predictions: Mercedes Collector Cars at Bonhams Amelia Island 2018
2018 will be Bonham’s 4th auction at Amelia Island Florida. They joined the auction and concours party a few years ago, how could any self-respecting auction house not want to get in on all the car action that takes place in Florida in March (did you see Russo and Steele’s announcement that they’ll be joining the fun with an auction in Amelia Island in 2019)? Bonhams will be offering 104 cars during their one day sale this year, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Of those 104 cars, just three of them wear the three pointed star.
The three Mercedes in the sale are listed below with bullet point facts from the auction catalog. Commentary from Mercedes-Market is in italics. We’re carrying on the price predictions we had so much fun with during Arizona Auction Week this year, those are also in italics. Have any ideas what these cars will sell for? Are you planning on bidding on any of them? Let us know what you think by commenting at the bottom. Complete auction information is at the bottom of this article.
Lot 106 – 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL
Estimate: $25,000 – 35,000
- Anthracite Grey Metallic (172) w / Burgundy leather
- Just 2 owners from new
- Only 22,000 original miles
- Original window sticker, manuals and service books
- Recently replaced soft top
Somehow, there is no shortage of low mile 560 SLs on the market these days. We have seen R107 prices come on of late and when there is a surge in prices, cars start coming out of storage and onto the market. Anthracite with burgundy is a great color combination for these cars, but it’s not a real common one. I’m surprised someone would consign a car like this to an auction like this when it’s probably an easy car to sell on the private market and that won’t cost 10%. This car should sell for mid – high estimate money. Sale price prediction is $33,000.
Lot 153 – 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet
Estimate: $ 160,000 – 190,000
Chassis no. 111025.12.003368
Engine no. 130980.12.025655
- Sand Beige Metallic w/ brown leather and soft top (original colors)
- Column shift automatic transmission
- Behr A/C, Becker Grand Prix radio
- Mercedes-Benz built sheet, books and tools
- Documented 2 year restoration
A documented restoration on a 6 cylinder W111 convertible costs as much as a restoration of a V8 model, yet they’re worth about half as much, this must have been a passion project, not an investment. There is no mention of who might have performed the restoration work, so a potential bidder would do well to go over the car with an expert to check for correctness and quality of craftsmanship before bidding big dollars. I’m a huge fan of these cars, I think they get lost in the 3.5 madness. They’re great cars, they’re nice to drive and the look gorgeous. I think this car will find a new owner for $180,000.
Lot 197 – 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster
Estimate: $ 100,000 – 125,000
Chassis no. 121042 8500996
Engine no. 121010 38208-88
- Silver w/ red leather (originally black w/ red leather)
- Single family owner for nearly 60 years
- European delivery car
- Never restored, single color change repaint
This is a typical 190 SL that’s been with a single family for a long time. By now, it’s kind of beat up, it’s been repaired as necessary, but it probably could use $5,000 worth of work (they all could). The engine bay is grimy, the interior is original and worn, but pretty nice looking. The exterior of the car was repainted silver, yet the hub caps and dash were left their original black. It does still have its Solex carburetors however. Sale price prediction $82,000.
Auction Information – Bonhams Amelia Island 2018
Preview – Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:00am – 7:00pm EST
Preview – Thursday, March 8, 2018 9:00am – 12:00 noon EST
Auction begins Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 noon EST
Fernandina Beach Golf Club
3990 Amelia Island Parkway
Fernandina Beach FL 32034
Tel: 212 461 6514