300SL ‘gullwing’ tops Coys at Techno-Classica sale

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1955 gulping brings $1.17 million at Coys sale | Coys photo
1955 gulping brings $1.17 million at Coys sale | Coys photo
1955 gulping brings $1.17 million at Coys sale | Coys photo

British auction house Coys termed “massive” the 8 million euros ($8.59 million) in sales at its annual auction at the Techno-Classica classic car show in Essen, Germany.

“Both the market in general and ourselves were truly hearted to the great response… with all but a handful of cars selling to a large array of international buyers,” Coys managing partner Chris Routledge said in a news release after the auction.

A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing coupe brought nearly $1.17 million at the sale while a 1988 Porsche 959 sold for more than $971,000 and a 1938 BMW 328 roadster sold for just shy of $600,000.

Coys next sale is May 16 at the Ascot Racecourse in England.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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