Dec 242012
1936 - 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial-Roadster
Image source: Georg Schwalbach (GS1311) via Flickr

The year also showed the strength of a resurging passion for vehicles from the past, with growing sales results for collector cars at every level, from Ford to Ferrari.

Here are 10 of the most intriguing collector-car sales of 2012 (totals include bidder fees):

  • 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – The top seller of the year, hitting $11.77 million at Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August. A record for a Mercedes-Benz sold at auction, the magnificent Von Krieger Special carries with it a fascinating documented history of ownership by a German baroness.
  • 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage – With its evocative heritage including service as a camera car during the filming of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans,, the GT40 was sold at RM Auction’s Monterey sale for a whopping $11 million, the highest price on record for an American car sold at auction.
  • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – One of the highlights of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction was the $2 million sale of this classic in pristine original condition with only 4,000 miles on its odometer. By far a record price for a steel-body (rather than alloy) Gullwing, but nobody doubted that it was worth it.

via VINTAGE: 10 Great Collector-Car Sales.

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