1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster on RM Auction

At Villa Erba on 25 May 2013 RM Auctions will offer, as lot 108, a piece of history, a stunning fresh, correct, and highly-equipped, hard top 1962 Mercedes 300SL Roadster. Its expected to reach between $840,000- $1,030,000. Designed primarily by chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the car was built on a tubular space frame and clothed in aluminium. The production 300SL debuted at the International Motor Sports Show in New York City in January 1954. With the exception of 29 special order examples clothed in all alloy, the body shell was now made of steel, with an aluminium hood, doors, and boot lid, and the chassis was made stronger. In all, 1,400 Gullwing Coupés were sold between 1954 and 1957, approximately 80 per cent of them in the United States.
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster As demand for the coupé weakened, the factory transform the 300SL into a roadster. Delivered new to Mannheim, Germany, this 300SL Roadster was first sold to a Swiss customer. It has had no more than two registered owners since, and the original owner’s widow has confirmed that the 34,000 kilometres now showing on the odometer is consistent with the usage it received during their long-term stewardship. This Mercedes has been the subject of a painstaking, five-year body-off rebuild. Acquired as a rust- and accident-free original car, it was restored to international show quality, using new-old stock and Mercedes-Benz replacement components. The restoration is documented with an extensive dossier of invoices and photographs. The car was finished in its original, authentic Mercedes-Benz White (DB-050), with a contrasting interior in rich Burgundy, and with matching soft top and a corresponding White hard top. The glass has all been replaced with new pieces from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, bearing the correct imprints. The Mercedes also includes a new set of fitted luggage by Karl Baisch. Originally delivered without a radio, it is equipped today with a correct new-old stock Becker Mexico unit with electric antenna. A major advance is the Easydrive electric power steering. Other upgrades include an electric radiator fan with both thermostat and manual controls, for optimum operation in all weather, and a removable blind on the oil cooler. 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 Names its Winners

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 Bowing before beauty: The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 names its winners. Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale wins Trofeo BMW Group BMW 328 Hommage celebrates its world premiere First motorcycle concours and auction (BMW Group) This weekend just gone the town of Cernobbio on the banks of Lake Como reprised its status as the centre of attention for all car enthusiasts – and this year motorcycle fans also had much to admire. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este brought together a selection of classic models and new concept cars to the acclaim of the assembled audience. And for the first time the cars were joined by motorcycles competing for class and overall victory in a competition of their own, as fans of two-wheeled classics headed to the Villa Erba for Saturday’s motorcycle concours. Another new feature of the Concorso was the sale held by RM Auctions on Saturday evening, which tempted collectors with a line-up of 32 extraordinary cars. “Our aim was to take this long-established event into new territory while preserving its character,” said Karl Baumer, President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Director of BMW Group Classic, outlining the reasons behind the changes. “The main initiative we introduced to give people extra opportunity to visit the Concorso was the addition of a second Public Day,” continued Baumer. Dr Jean-Marc Droulers, President of Villa d’Este S.p.A., also declared himself pleased with the weekend: “We’ve seen cars and motorcycles which made our hearts beat a little faster – both within the small, exclusive environs of the Villa d’Este and together with the wider public at the Villa Erba.”

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 Celebrating The Mystique Of Historic Cars

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 - BMW 328 Sport Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 – BMW 328 Sport The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is undoubtedly the most traditional event which was held for the first time as early as 1929. This year’s event will be held on the weekend of 20-22 May over the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and neighbouring Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Lake Como. The beauty of the setting, the impeccable hospitality, the efficient organisation, the programme at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba, an enthusiastic audience, the public awareness in the international press and TV, and above all, the elegance, the originality and state of preservation of the precious automobiles participating in the event are some of the things that are enhanced Since Concorso’s revival in the 1990s.