1960 Mercedez-Benz 300SL Roadster Leads Important No Reserve Collection at Audrain


September 7, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Twenty-two all no-reserve cars from the Estate of Mr. James Messenger headlines the Bonhams|Cars Audrain Concours Auction on September 29 in Newport. Of the 55 total offerings in the sale, this remarkable collection showcases a well-curated array of European, British, and American classics. Of particular note is the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, presented in its finest form, further elevating the already iconic model to another level. The anthracite metallic exterior is punctuated by its chrome-finish wheels and recent retrimming of the interior in black leather, among other elegant finishes. Conceived from the original “Gullwing” model, having proven its prowess on the racetrack, the 300SL underwent a series of developments ultimately achieving the refined convertible variant – a civilized driver’s choice with one of the finest engines of the era. With records to show this car retains its original, numbers-matching engine, this car, chassis 002689 (estimate: $1.2 – 1.4 million), is a superlative example honoring one of the finest sportscars of all time.

Other highlights from the Messenger collection include:

  • A 1960 Aston Martin DB4 (estimate: $500,000 – 600,000) is just one of 349 Series 2 produced and is beautifully presented both inside and out. From its extensive restoration work and a cabin that exudes British grand touring sophistication, this marvelous DB4 Coupe also has a fascinating history dating back to 1958 when it was delivered new to England’s J.W.A Stamper.
  • A Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 (estimate $450,000 – 500,000), with striking tangerine paintwork with black Carrera stripes, is a pure expression of the Porsche 911. Just one of 1,308 M472 “Touring” models built, this rare Carrera RS was converted to “Lightweight” specifications by the highly regarded Porsche racing and restoration specialist David Morse of Morspeed in California.
  • A 1958 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Speedster (estimate: $350,000 – 400,000) comes from the final production year for the legendary Speedster, of which only 552 were produced. This T2 model benefits from the numerous cosmetic and mechanical improvements made during its run, making it the most desirable year for a Speedster. Well-preserved and moderately used, this car is a prime candidate for rallies and road events.

Another noteworthy collection offered in the sale is the Estate of Andrew W. Edmonds. The Massachusetts collector was an avid participant in The Classic Car Club of America and took great pride in his collection, especially his rare V16 Cadillacs. Considered the most collectible classics from the era – the auction will present a 1931 Cadillac V16 All Weather Phaeton (estimate: $175,000 – 250,000) and a 1940 Cadillac V16 Convertible Sedan (estimate: $100,000 – 120,000).

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