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Dentist’s 300 SL roadster goes for record price at Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic auction


Artcurial Motorcars’ fifth Le Mans Classic auction, held Saturday in conjunction with the Le Mans Classic vintage races, was the best yet as the French auction house reported record sales of $14.7 million. 

The auction and the vintage races are held every other year. This year the auction got off to a rousing start when the sixth lot of the sale, the flag used to start the 24-hour race in 1967, a piece of automobilia expected to sell for around $1,500 became the subject of a bidding battle that didn’t end until the price reached $38,200.

Featured automotive lots for the sale were a pair of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL models owned by a prominent Swedish dental surgeon who died in 2011 with no heirs. The Swedish Inheritance Fund consigned the cars to the auction with the money going to programs that support young and disabled persons.

The 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, a one-owner car driven only 1,380 kilometers since new, set a world auction record price of $3.695 million.

A 1956 300 SL “Gullwing” coupe sold for $1.19 million. 

A 1975 Lamborghini LP400 Countach “Periscopio” brought $1.149 million, and a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 went for $981,000.

A Lamborghini of a different sort — a 1965 tractor — sold for $42,000.

“This Le Mans sale, in which we have achieved the world record price for a Mercedes Benz 300 SL roadster, has been hugely rewarding,” Artcurial Motorcars managing director Mathieu Lamoure said in the company’s news release. “(It was) an exceptional atmosphere that Artcurial Motorcars alone has the secret for, with superb results allowing Artcurial to celebrate victory amongst the greatest champions at Le Mans.”

Top 10 sales, Artcurial Motorcars Le Mans Classic auction 2018

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, $3,709,212

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing,” $1,195,576

1975 Lamborghini LP400 Countach “Periscopio,” $1,153,332

1968 Lamborghini Miura P400, $984,592

1970 Ferrari 356 GTB/4 Daytona Spider by Bacchelli & Villa, $689,238

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS GT AMG roadster, $654,074

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS GT AMG coupe, $576,666

1996 Lamborghin 400 GT 2+2 by Touring, $506,338

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT L, $351,640

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Hamilton edition, $302,434

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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.


  1. Absolutely ludicrous prices. And that means you’ll NEVER see these cars being enjoyed on the road, a nice winding one, on a beautiful day.

  2. Yes, It’s absolutely ludicrous that some thoughtful bidder paid 400% of market price for a Mercedes 300SL roadster, just because the proceeds were going to be donated to the Swedish Inheritance Fund to be used to help young, disabled children. I guess some readers think we should not allow thoughtful people to make huge donations to help a part of society that is too often forgotten.


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