Gooding and Company Auction Amelia Island 2019
Gooding and Company will hold their 1 day Amelia Island sale on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Raquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation. There are 91 cars in the Gooding and Co. catalog this year, seven of which are Mercedes-Benz models. To give you an idea of how big a Porsche sale Amelia Island has become, 33 of the cars being offered are Porsches, including a tractor and a handful of race cars including some serious, weapons grade stuff like a 935 and 962.
Full auction information including location, admission and bidder info, etc. is at the very bottom of this article. You can click this link to visit Gooding and Company’s online auction catalog.
Mercedes Market Price Predictions – We started predicting sale prices of cars at auction a couple of years ago, because it’s what we do with car friends and clients while standing around these auctions anyway. Unfortunately, we’re not on site in Amelia Island this year, so we’re relying on the fairly limited information in the auction catalog for these predictions and there is no way to actually inspect these cars in person to judge condition or go over whatever history or service paperwork may be present with them, but I’ll do my best to sort of wing it here, hopefully having some fun along the way. After the sale, we’ll look back at our predictions vs. actual sale prices and see how we did.
Lot 006 – 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC
Estimate: $80,000 – $100,000
- Blackberry Pearl Metallic (also referred to as Bornite)
- Odometer: 7,515
- Cream Beige leather
- Books, manuals, tools
- Aftermarket radio (original comes with)
- One owner until the early 2000s, a couple more since
This car appears to be an as new example that has been well cared for. Looking at the auction catalog photos there seems to be very, very little to fault. Bornite Metallic is a rather polarizing color, but I think it looks great, especially on this ‘oh so 80s’ coupe (even if it is a 1991 model).
Perhaps a better place to have a look at this car, if you’re not at Amelia Island this week, is on Bring a Trailer, where it sold last October for $55,000. The BaT description mentions evidence of paintwork on a rear quarterpanel, but it does have a clean Carfax.
1991 models, being the last year, often demand a bit of a premium from collectors. This is as nice a 560 SEC as I’ve seen in a long time and in an interesting color. This would be a great example for a collection of ‘never-going-to-drive-them’ Mercedes. Top examples of top of the line Mercedes from the 80s are more in demand than ever, but there are a LOT of speculators trading them, hoping they can move it on to a younger collector for more money than they paid. Price Prediction: $66,000.
Lot 009 – 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
1992 Mercedes-Benz 500 E
- Black Pearl Metallic w/ grey leather
- Odometer: 31,172
- Same owner first 25 years
- Original window sticker, records, books
1955 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A
- Wiessgrau (158) w/ blue leather
- Odometer: 79,995, claimed original
- Factory luggage, books, manuals
- Unrestored condition
1970 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3
- Tunis Beige Metallic (462) w/ tan leather
- Odometer: 26,300 claimed original
- Tools, books, manuals
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL
- White w/ dark blue leather
- Dark blue soft top w/ hard top
- Odometer: 22,015
- Tool Kit
1986 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL
- Dark Blue w/ Palomino leather
- Two owners
- Odometer: 18,607
- Books, manuals, tool kit
Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation
6800 First Coast Hwy
Amelia Island, FL 32034
(1 mile south of Amelia Island Parkway)
Admittance – $30, admits one to all events
Catalogue – $75, admits two to all events
Cash or credit card only.
Children under 12 free.
$200 includes a catalogue, admission for two to the viewing and auction with two reserved seats, subject to availability.
For a final bid price of $250,000 and below, 12% of the final bid price; and for a final bid price of above $250,000, 12% on the first $250,000 and 10% on the remainder of the final bid price.