Rare Mercedes-Benz Gullwing fetches nearly $5 million in auction

James Raia

Hagerty Insurance, the company that among other specialties, track sales at vintage car auctions, compiled a list of vehicles sold last week at the Arizona auctions houses known for their unique collection of old, unique cars.

Barrett-Jackson announced it sold more than $92 million of vehicles in its annual year-opening auction describes as "rare, high-end collectible vehicles, exotics, customs, classics, hot rods and resto-mods."

But rival Gooding took auction house honors in individual sales honors. Its 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL alloy Gullwing sold for $4,620,000.

Here's the rest of the list of top sellers:

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder sold for $3,905,000 (Gooding)
1948 Tucker Torpedo sold for $2,915,000 (Barrett-Jackson)
1947 Bentley Mark VI Franay DHC sold for $2,750,000 (Barrett-Jackson)
1930 Duesenberg Model J disappearing top convertible coupe sold for $2,640,000 (Gooding)
1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow sold for $2,420,000 (Barrett-Jackson)
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing sold for $2,200,000 (Barrett-Jackson)
1929 Bentley 4.5L Dual Cowl Sports Phaeton sold for $2,145,000 (Gooding)
1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica coupe sold for $1,815,000 (RM)
1954 Desoto Adventurer II coupe sold for $1,430,000 (Barrett-Jackson)

Article Last Updated: January 24, 2012.

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