#1 Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster ever built offered at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

9174285-1-13Quando Mercedes-Benz presentò la sua prima CLK GTR Roadster nel 1998 costava all’epoca 1,5 milioni dollari, il che la rendeva l’auto di produzione più costosa mai realizzata, una cifra superata solo nel 2005 dalla Ferrari FXX.

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La Bonhams Festival of Speed ​​Sale vedrà in offerta il primo esemplare mai costruito di Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster, stimato in £ 1,400,000-1,800,000.

James Knight, Motoring Director di Bonhams: “La vettura è stata proprietà di Mercedes-Benz fino al 2014, quando fu acquistata dall’attuale proprietario. Si, è effettivamente una  auto nuova con soli otto chilometri, ed è l’unica dei sei roadster essere rifinita in nero. Raramente si vede una vettura con queste credenziali sul mercato”.

Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale takes place on 26 June in Goodwood, Chichester. For more information visit https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/.


When Mercedes-Benz first unveiled its CLK GTR Roadster in 1998 it sold for an astonishing $1.5 million dollars, making it the most expensive production car ever, a figure only recently exceeded by the Ferrari FXX.

Bonhams Festival of Speed sale will offer the very first example of the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster ever built, estimated at £1,400,000-1,800,000.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “The car was retained by the Mercedes-Benz company until 2014 when it was acquired by the current owner. It is effectively a new car with just eight kilometres on the odometer, and it is the only one of the six roadsters to be finished in black. We rarely see a car with these credentials come to market.”

An open topped variant of the already super-exclusive CLK GTR Coupe – only 25 road going cars were ever produced – the Roadster was made in a very limited edition indeed. The company had the simple but effective idea of removing the roof and installing two roll-over bars and additional strengthening, plus the Roadster engine boasted an engine increased to 640bhp (40 horsepower more than the Coupé) and a Formula 1-style, sequential six-speed transmission controlled by paddles on the steering wheel.

At the end of the 1996 racing season, Mercedes-Benz switched from racing touring cars to sports cars, a decision that left precious little time to develop a challenger for the FIA’s (International Automobile Federation) new GT Championship. The latter’s regulations stipulated that ‘GT1’ category cars had to be production based, so development was entrusted to Mercedes-Benz’s official performance division, AMG. Amazingly, just 128 days after design work had commenced in December 1996, the first Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR took to the track at Jarama in April 1997 for its initial test.

The CLK GTR first won at the challenging Nürburgring in June 1997, going on to win five more of the 11 rounds to take the GT Championship in its debut year. With a new CLK LM (Le Mans) waiting in the wings, the CLK GTR raced just twice in 1998, before being retired from active duty after little more than a season’s racing, but with an impeccable record.

During 1998 and 1999, Mercedes-Benz duly completed 25 road going CLK GTRs. These closely resembled the racing version but had ‘only’ 550bhp and dispensed with the racer’s separate rear wing in favour of a body-integral design. They were also better equipped and kitted out with more creature comforts than the racer. With a headline-grabbing price tag of over $1,000,000, the CLK GTR’s exclusivity was surpassed only by its incredible performance.

Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale takes place on 26 June in Goodwood, Chichester. For more information visit https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/.

Bonhams breaks previous Mercedes-Benz Auction total with €13 million sale

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Solo al suo secondo anno, l’asta Bonhams Mercedes-Benz, in collaborazione con il Museo Mercedes-Benz, ha raggiunto un totale di € 13 milioni (£ 9.500.000) per il 92.9 % dei lotti venduti superando il record dello scorso anno.

La splendida 540 K Cabriolet A del 1938 era il top lot dell’asta. Per la prima volta in pubblico questo esemplare, tra il clamore e le aspettative degli ospiti sia in sala che on-line, è stata aggiudicata a € 2.760.000 (2.034.396 £) per un acquirente tedesco.

Una di soli 18 esemplari prodotti, la 770 “Grosser Mercedes” Cabriolet D del 1931 originariamente di proprietà dell’attore, produttore e regista tedesco, Erik Charell è stata venduta per € 2.311.500 (1.703.806 £ ).

Un quartetto di iconiche 300SL, sia CoupéGullwing che Roadster, hanno raggiunto ottimi risultati. Top lot della serie è stata la Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster del 1960 precedentemente di proprietà dall’industriale tedesco Alfried Krupp. Offerta in asta dopo 35 anni di ininterrotta proprietà privata, ha realizzato la ragguardevole cifra di € 1.121.250 (826.473 £). La 300SL roadster del 1961 ha raggiunto € 1.092.500 (805.281 £) e la roadster 300SL del 1957 hardtop, € 1.058.000 (779.851 £). A chiusura del quartetto, la Gullwing Coupé del 1957, è stata venduta per € 1.046.500 (771.375 £).

Michael Bock, responsabile per la Mercedes-Benz Classic ha commentato “L’asta è stata un grande successo. Questo grande evento rappresenta un ulteriore consolidamento del rapporto tra Mercedes-Benz Classic e Bonhams, che è stato siglato per due decadi”.

“Abbiamo avuto un altro meraviglioso risultato qui all’interno delle mura del prestigioso museo Mercedes-Benz e non vediamo l’ora di tornare a Stoccarda il prossimo anno per la terza edizione di questo asta di successo in collaborazione con Mercedes-Benz Classic”, ha commentato Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head per la divisione Motorcars.

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In only its second year, Bonhams Mercedes-Benz auction, in association with the Mercedes-Benz Museum, achieved an over-all sale total of €13 million (£9.5 million), exceeding the previous years’ results, and seeing a total 92.9% of lots sold by value.

A spectacular 1938 540 K Cabriolet A was the top lot in the sale. The days auction was the first time the 540 K had been publicly offered, building the excitement for bidders both in the room and online, with the hammer finally falling at €2,760,000 (£2,034,396) to a private German buyer.

One of only 18 produced, a 1931 770 “Grosser Mercedes” Cabriolet D was an additional rare and opulent highlight of the sale. Originally the property of German actor, producer and director, Erik Charell (noted for the 1930 resurrection of the play The White Horse Inn (Im weißen Rössl)), the “Grosser Mercedes” sold to an auction room bidder for 2,311,500 (£1,703,806).

Elsewhere, a quartet of iconic 300SL motor cars, both Gullwing coupés and roadsters, achieved excellent prices. Top lot of the series was the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster previously owned by German industrialist Alfried Krupp, being offered for sale after 35 years of continuous private ownership, selling for €1,121,250 (£826,473). Also attracting spirited bidding, having remained for 48 years in one family, the 1961 300SL disc brake roadster achieved €1,092,500 (£805,281); and the 1957 300SL roadster with factory hardtop sold for €1,058,000 (£779,851). Completing the four, the 1957 Gullwing Coupé, sold for €1,046,500 (£771,375).

Additional highlights include the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupé, sold for €572,700 (£422,137); a 115-year-old Benz Ideal 4½ Vis-à-Vis sold for €212,750 (£156,818); and after fierce bidding on the 1931 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 PS Mannheim 370 S roadster, the gavel finally fell at €552,000 (£406,879).

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer for the day, said: “With a full sale room, active internet bidding, and international bidders both in the room and on the telephone, we saw spectacular prices for cars in exemplary condition and with great provenance. Bonhams holds the auction world record for any Mercedes-Benz, achieving £19,601,500 for the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 single-seater in 2013 – a world record that demonstrates the perfect relationship between Bonhams and Mercedes-Benz.”

“I’m delighted that the Bonhams international motoring team were our partners at the Mercedes-Benz Museum once again in 2015,” says Michael Bock, head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Centers. “The auction was a great success. This high level event represents a further consolidation of the excellent relationship between Mercedes-Benz Classic and Bonhams which has been established for two decades.”

“We’ve had another wonderful result here within the walls of the prestigious Mercedes-Benz museum and look forward to returning to Stuttgart next year for the third edition of this successful sale in partnership with Mercedes Classic,” said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motorcars.

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Four iconic 300 SL offered at Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale on 28 March

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300 SL Gullwing

 

La 300 SL, sia Roadster che Gullwing (ali di gabbiano), è uno dei modelli più riconoscibili della storia della Mercedes-Benz. Il 28 marzo, quattro magnifici esemplari di questa icona dell’automobilismo anni ’50/‘60 andranno “under the hummer” nell’asta Bonhams Mercedes-Benz monomarca.

Il successo della Gullwing, considerata come vera e propria supercar, ha contribuito allo sviluppo della successiva Roadster aperta. Bonhams presenta quattro esempi fantastici della 300 SL: la Roadster del 1957 freni a disco, unica proprietà da 48 anni (stimata € 1,000,000-1,400,000 / £ 730,000-1,000,000); una Roadster del 1960, precedentemente di proprietà dall’industriale tedesco, Alfried Krupp della dinastia dell’acciaio Krupp (stimata in € 900,000-1,200,000 / £ 700,000-940,000); un’altra roadster del 1959 con hardtop (stimata in € 1,000,000-1,400,000 / £ 730,000-1,000,000); e infine del 1955, la famosa Gullwing (stimata in € 950,000-1,250,000 / £ 690,000-900,000). ”

L’evoluzione della 300 SL è iniziata con gli esemplari del celebre importartore USA, Max Hoffman. Quando la Mercedes-Benz vinse la Carrera Panamericana (una corsa su strada tra USA e Messico, svoltasi tra il 1950 e il 1954) nel 1952 con una SL coupé W 194 300, Hoffman colse l’occasione per avvicinarsi al marchio con un’idea radicale: prendere il telaio in tubi W194 di derivazione corse con il suo motore ad alte prestazioni da 3 litri e creare una macchina sportiva destinata al mercato statunitense. Mercedes-Benz, ancora coraggiosamente impegnata a superare la catastrofica devastazione della guerra e alle prese con un debole mercato europeo, ha preso al volo l’idea di Hoffmann e la 300 SL è nata.

1957 300 SL Roadster with Hardtop
300 SL Roadster 1957

 

Furono apportati alcuni miglioramenti al confort della 300 SL ma l’indole corsaiola è rimasta indelebile. Per l’aerodinamica gli ingegneri Mercedes-Benz aggiunsero le caratteristiche “sopracciglia” orizzontali sopra le aperture delle ruote. Con sospensioni completamente indipendenti, un cambio a rapporti ravvicinati con ingranaggi a denti dritti e il primo sistema di iniezione diretta di carburante con motore a quattro tempi mai offerto in un automobile di produzione, la 300 SL è un concentrato tecnologico della sua epoca.

Tenuta nel Museo Mercedes-Benz, l’asta Bonhams sarà caratterizzata da una serie di circa 40 veicoli d’epoca appartenenti a tutta la secolare storia della leggendaria casa automobilistica tedesca.

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The 300 SL, be it Roadster or Gullwing – is one of the most recognisable models in the history of Mercedes-Benz. On 28 March, four pristine examples of this 1950/60s motoring icon will go under the hammer at Bonhams single-marque Mercedes-Benz Sale.

“First introduced with trademark ‘Gullwing’ doors, and often considered as the first real ‘supercar’, the 300 SL proved hugely popular and so was later developed as an open roadster,” said Philip Kantor, Head of European Motorcars.

“Bonhams Stuttgart Sale features four fantastic examples of the 300 SL: the 1957 disc-brake  Roadster, from European single family ownership of 48 years (estimated at €1,000,000-1,400,000/£730,000-1,000,000); a 1960 Roadster, previously owned by German industrialist, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, of the Krupp steel dynasty (estimated at €900,000-1,200,000/£700,000-940,000); another fine1959 roadster with hardtop (estimated at    €1,000,000-1,400,000/£730,000-1,000,000); and finally from 1955, the famed Gullwing (estimated at €950,000-1,250,000/£690,000-900,000).”

The evolution of the 300 SL began with imported car impresario, Max Hoffman. When Mercedes-Benz won the Carrera Panamericana (a border-to-border road race across Mexico, held from 1950-1954) in 1952 with a W 194 300 SL coupé, Hoffman seized the moment to approach the marque with a radical idea: take the racing-derived tube frame W194, with its high performance 3-litre engine, and create a road-going sports car aimed at the upper-end of the aspiring US sports car market.

Mercedes-Benz, still valiantly trying to shake off the devastation of the war and the weak European market, took him up on the idea, and the 300 SL was born.

Improvements to the 300 SLs usability were made throughout, yet it was still clear that this model was derived from a racing car. As aerodynamics played an important role in the car’s speed, the Mercedes-Benz engineers would place horizontal “eyebrows” over the wheel openings to reduce drag. With fully independent suspension, a close-ratio gearbox with straight cut gears and the first direct fuel injection system with fourstroke engine ever offered in a production automobile, the 300 SL was a technological tour-de-force. When introduced in coupé form to the US market at the 1954 New York Auto Show, it became an instant sensation.

Held in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Bonhams auction will feature a variety of some 40 classic motor cars from across the German marque’s century long history.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer. A total of 1,500 exhibits are featured in the museum, including 160 vehicles.

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Prima asta nel nuovo museo Mercedes-Benz di Stoccarda

Con quasi 50 vetture provenienti da clienti di tutto il mondo, la vendita Bonhams presso il Museo Mercedes-Benz di Stoccarda svoltasi il 12 luglio scorso, è stata un successo clamoroso con un incredibile “score” di € 11.855.925 in totale. La AMG-Mercedes Classe C DTM Touring del 2005 di Mika Hakkinen ha stabilito un nuovo primato a € 460.000.

Malcolm Barber, Co-Presidente Bhonams e banditore dell’asta, ha detto: <<La vendita ha dimostrato la fantastica varietà e l’eccellenza tecnica disponibile nelle auto storiche Mercedes-Benz. Siamo lieti di aver collocato un nuovo punto riferimento nei libri di storia, come lo sono stati la prima asta nel nuovo museo Mercedes-Benz di Stoccarda e la più grande vendita Mercedes-Benz mai riuscita a raggiungere quasi € 12.000.000>>.

Un punto culminante della vendita (per merito dei suoi proventi di beneficenza) è stato raggiunto dalla 500 K Roadster del 1934, venduta a € 3.100.000. Una versione speciale delle sportive di lusso anni ’30 che è stata generosamente donata a beneficio delle cause delle fondazioni svedesi per il cancro e l’Alzheimer.

Un ulteriore acuto si è avuto per il primo modello venduto dalla casa di Stoccarda: una Ideal 7hp Bicilindrica “Contra-Motor” Vis-à-vis del 1901. E’ stata progettata dall’ingegnere tedesco e padre fondatore della Mercedes-Benz, Carl Benz. Nella storica asta all’interno del museo Mercedes-Benz, il martello l’ha battuta a € 471,500, circa quattro volte superiore alla stima.

Subito dopo una 540 K Cabriolet A del 1936 ha realizzato € 2.200.000 per un offerente al telefono.

Poi è stata la volta di una 600 Pullman Limousine del 1965, un tempo di proprietà del governo cinese e utilizzata dal generale Chen Li, un capo militare durante la rivoluzione comunista cinese e uno stretto collaboratore del presidente Mao Zedong, venduto sempre ad un’offerta telefonica per € 172,500.

Splendida la 300 SL Roadster del 1958 battuta a €920.000.

Michael Bock, Responsabile Mercedes-Benz Classic ha dichiarato: <<Siamo stati lieti di dare il benvenuto Bonhams nella nostra casa qui al Mercedes-Benz Museum di Stoccarda. L’asta è stata un grande successo. Stiamo lavorando con Bonhams per garantire ancora maggiore qualità in offerta per il futuro. Questa partnership può sicuramente crescere>>.

Il Museo Mercedes-Benz associa tutta la storia del più antico produttore di auto al mondo con una varietà unica di vetture in mostra. Un totale di 1500 reperti, tra cui 160 veicoli, può essere visitata su una superficie di 16.500 metri quadrati.

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With nearly 50 cars from customers all over the world, selling Bonhams at Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart held on 12 July, was a resounding success with an incredible “score” of € 11,855,925 in total. The AMG-Mercedes C-Class DTM Touring 2005 Mika Hakkinen has set a new record at € 460,000.

Malcolm Barber, Co-President Bhonams and auctioneer, said: << The sale demonstrated the great variety and technical excellence available in the classic cars Mercedes-Benz. We are pleased to have placed a new landmark in the history books, as they were the first auction in the new Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and the largest selling Mercedes-Benz never been able to reach almost € 12 million >>.

A highlight of the sale (by merit of its proceeds to charity) was achieved by 500 K Roadster of 1934, sold at € 3.1 million. A special version of the luxury sports ’30s that was generously donated for the benefit of the causes of the Swedish foundation for cancer and Alzheimer’s.

A further sharp it has had for the first model sold by the Stuttgart: an Ideal 7hp Twin Cylinder “Contra-Motor” Vis-à-vis 1901. E ‘was designed by German engineer and founding father of the Mercedes-Benz, Carl Benz. In the historic rod inside the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the hammer has hammered € 471.500, about four times higher than the estimate.

Immediately after a 540 K Cabriolet A 1936 achieved € 2.2 million to a bidder on the phone.

Then it was the turn of a 600 Pullman Limousine 1965, once owned by the Chinese government and used by the general Chen Li, a military leader during the Chinese Communist Revolution and a close associate of Chairman Mao Zedong, always sold to an offer phone for € 172.500.

Wonderful the 300 SL Roadster 1958 € 920,000 to beat.

Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic said: << We were pleased to welcome here in our house Bonhams at Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. The auction was a great success. We are working with Bonhams to ensure even higher quality on offer for the future. This partnership can definitely grow >>.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum combines the history of the oldest car manufacturer in the world with a unique variety of cars on display. A total of 1500 specimens, including 160 vehicles, can be visited on an area of ​​16,500 square meters.