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Gullwing Merc heads star-studded classic line-up

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

 

AUCTIONEERS Coys return to Techno Classica Essen with a multi-million classic and sports car sale on April 8 in the Gruga Halle at the Messe Essen, Germany.

The 120-car auction features a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, one of the first 200 produced and estimated between €950,000 and €1,100,000; a 1987 Porsche 959 Speedster with only 8,000km from new (€1,200,000 – €1,500,000); a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC (€550,000 – €600,000); a 1938 BMW 328 Roadster (€700,000 – €800,000); and a 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort (€850,000 – €950,000).

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “To honour Coys’ proud long-term association with Techno Classica Essen, we have put together a super-auction of high-quality classic and sports cars with significant entries from both the pre and post-war periods.”

The early 300 SL Gullwing was a special order for Max Hoffman, the legendary US dealer and importer, and was the subject of a comprehensive restoration that began in 2013 that brought the car to the special order scheme. It is one the finest examples that Coys have seen in 30 years of trading the most iconic of post-war sports cars.

The 959 on offer was supplied new to the World Sports Car Champion and Porsche Works driver Jurgen Lassig in 1987. It was subsequently sold by Auto Becker at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show for 3 million dollars to an American collector. The car has covered just over 8,000km from new and offers the best of both worlds as it can be driven in full speedster form or for more practical open-top motoring an electric convertible top can be utilised.

The BMW 328 was delivered new to the German racing driver Walter Schlüter in racing configuration with a long-range fuel tank, and after some initial competition use Schlüter laid it up during the war. It changed hands various times, including an English officer serving in post-war Germany, until purchased by the current vendor almost half a century ago. The car has been constantly serviced and repaired when necessary and, though never restored, it retains a wonderful patina and is mechanically in excellent condition.

The auction also features a 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi Superleggera (€200,000 – €250,000), a 1967 Jaguar D-Type Evocation with German historic road papers (€25,000 – €35,000), a 1968 Maserati Ghibli Spyder (€280,000 – €320,000), a 1969 Ford 429 Mustang (€200,000 – €230,000) and a 1963 Citroen DS Cabriolet by Chapron (€170,000 – €190,000).

Other important collectors’ cars on offer include a 1941 BMW 327 Coupe (€150,000 – €170,000), a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3, a real “timewarp” example with only 23 miles from new (no reserve), a 1990 Mercedes Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (€190,000 – €220,000), a 2004 Mclaren Mercedes Benz SLR (€300,000 – €350,000) and a 1983 Ferrari BB 512i (€240,000 – €280,000).

1987 Porsche 959 Speedster

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