The dual-SL strategy was genius, as those who felt tempted by the Gullwing’s design but unable to afford its $7,300 price could buy something with a similar look for a little more than half that. Or, it made the perfect addition to the garage for those already buying a 300 SL!
The majestic Mercedes 600 also endeared itself to more likable folks including Elvis Presley, Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison, Karen Carpenter, Elizabeth Taylor, Rowan Atkinson (“Mr. Bean”), Jay Leno, Hugh Hefner and Coco Chanel.
The EV luxury car market is about to grow, A newcomer, the Lucid Air from a company called Lucid, debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show, although it won’t be in production until 2019. Like Tesla, Lucid is using the strategy of taking advance reservations.
Most car enthusiasts see through the veil of the “concept car” label put on what they know to be lightly disguised pre-production models. It’s always appreciated when the intro comes with a dose of honesty, as the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept did when revealed at the Geneva Auto Show this past March.
Danville, CA, about an hour’s drive from San Francisco, is not the most convenient locations for a classic car museum, yet the quality of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum’s exhibits, unique design and other area attractions make it worth the trip.
The RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction will offer a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B. This is a so-called “early” Cabriolet B, which retains 500K-style bodywork, including vertical louvers on the hood sides, but with certain 540K features, including the bumpers. The Cabriolet B was distinguished by its four-passenger interior, with a comfortable rear seat for two, and a soft top with rear quarter windows.
The last of the three top-tier auction in Scottsdale, Gooding & Company’s well-curated docket will ensure the week ends on a high note. Highlights include a Shelby 289 Cobra and Ferrari 275 GTB/4.
Looking to start the year on the right foot, RM Sotheby’s 18th annual Arizona auction is bringing style and power in equal measure to Scottsdale.