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The 2023 collector car auction season got off to a roaring start in January. The Bonhams Scottsdale auction reached $30M in sales, and RM Sotheby’s reported $44M. The big surprise came from Bonhams, where a 1912 Simplex brought $4.8M, a record for a pre-WWI car. Supercars were still supreme, though, with a Ferrari LaFerrari getting $4.075M at RM Sotheby’s and, earlier in the month, a Ferrari F40 topping the Mecum sale in Kissimmee, Florida at $3.135M.

Yellow Mercedes-AMG SL63 top-down left view

The Mercedes SL has been that marque’s luxury-performance flagship for nearly 70 years, and the all-new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL is the model’s seventh generation. The new SL has 2+2 seating, with all-wheel drive and a return to a soft top after two decades of retractable hardtops. Pricing starts at $137,400 and can zoom toward $200,000. If you’ve not looked at an SL in a while, this one deserves close inspection.

Rm Monterey

Monterey Car Week 2022, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance®, is just days away, and our regional sales managers have made their annual “Cars to Watch” selections, covering a broad range of classic vehicles. Their picks include a 1995 Ferrari F50 (pre-sale estimate of $4.5 – $5.5 Million); a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3.8 ($250K – $300K); and even a 1962 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus ($140K – $180K). Perhaps some of your favorites are among their picks.

Silver Mercedes-AMG One on track, top front view, doors open

If you’re lucky enough to purchase one of the 275 AMG One models that Mercedes-Benz plans to produce, you may have to keep the car at your European villa. This $2.7 million carbon fiber body supercar, derived from the F1 racer, will not be sold in the United States. Learn all about what the AMG-One buzz is about.

Red Ferrari 458 Spider on road

More than 10 years after the introduction of Ferrari’s 458 Spider, this open-top version of its mid-engine Berlinetta remains one the marque’s most sought after cars. Our most recent “Model Masterpiece” explains why.

Amelia 2022

By all accounts, the auctions at The Amelia — now under the ownership of Hagerty — were a grand success, with the sales from RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Gooding & Company totaling nearly $126M. Notably, a 1937 Talbot Lago set a world record price for the marque and for French cars at $13,425,000

Light Ivory 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet front view

Picture yourself behind the wheel of this classic 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet, with your hair slicked back and Wayfarers on. Back then, you would have paid $14,380 for a new one. Today, the pre-sale estimate for this restored beauty at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale auction is $300k – $350k.

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The SLS AMG, the successor to the legendary Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, has been described as “a beauty with a touch of brute.” At its Scottsdale auction, Gooding & Company will offer a single-owner 2011 SLS AMG with only 3,000 miles on the odometer. The pre-sale estimate is $175k – $225k. Give Premier a call, so you’re prepared to bid on this beauty.

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If the Scottsdale Auctions are coming up…can Spring be far behind? Reviewing our schedule of upcoming auctions is a sure cure for the winter doldrums. Better yet, make your plans now to attend these classic events, either in person or online.

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