1954 Mercedes Gullwing tops Silverstone Classic auction

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1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe sells for $1.013 million | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions reports that its Silverstone Classic sale, held during the Silverstone vintage racing weekend, produced £6.4 ($7.788) million in sales, led by a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe that sold for £832,500 ($1.013 million).

The auction house noted that the sale posted a 74 percent sell-through, excluding the racing cars on the docket.

Gullwing buyer also posted winning bid on this 2010 SLS AMG

Silverstone Auctions said the buyer of the Mercedes Gullwing was so thrilled that he also purchased a 2010 Mercedes SLS AMG for £203,625 ($247,813), “therefore having both the earliest and latest of gullwing doored cars.”

The auction also featured the sale of the late Barrie Whizzo Williams collection of cars, go-karts and mopeds. 

Another collection, the “Gentlemans Collection,” sold at no reserve.

“The two collections on offer had some wonderful cars and having a collection, all at No Reserve, really does get the auction room buzzing,” Silverstone Auctions manager Harry Whale was quoted in the company’s news release.

“Silverstone Auctions were delighted to have been chosen to auction Whizzo’s collection, and the new owners of his various cars all have an important part of history from a British motorsport legend.”

Next up for Silverstone Auctions are The Porsche Sale (November 9) and the Sale of Ferraris (November 10) at the Dallas Burston Polo Club.

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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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