Jaguar XK120

For classic car lovers, the Jaguar XK120 is a classic sports car, which the Jaguar company produced from 1948 through 1954, and made only about 12,000 of the cars during the production period. The Jaguar XK120 also marks the first sports car that wasmade by the manufacturer, since the previous SS 100 model, which was last produced in 1940. The Jaguar XK120 also had a successor model car, which was the XK140 model. The first time the Jaguar XK120 was released was during the London Motor Show in 1948, which was showcasing the new Jaguar XK engine; the 120 which is in the car’s name, is in reference to the 120 MPH speeds it can attain, which at that period of time, and during the launch of the Jaguar XK120, was the fastest sports car to hit the auto industry.

The Jaguar XK120 comes in three model styles. It could be purchased either as a 2- seater roadster, a 2- seat coupe, or a 2- seat drop head coupe style, and featured an FR layout. It’s engine offered 3.4L XK. The Jaguar XK120 also had a deluxe model, which was known as the DHC, and it featuredwind-up windows, it also had wood-veneer dashboard, which was something rare for the time period. The roadster model, which was the original, was also placed to the test on the racing circuit, and proved to be a successful car for racing as well. It ran its first race in 1949 in the Silverstone Circuit in England, and took a first place victory. The roadster also raced during the 1951, 52, and 54 years as well, producing various records and wins, for the manufacturer and drivers.

Although no longer produced, the Jaguar XK120 still holds the mark as the first record setting roadster for the Jaguar manufacturer.

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The rarest of all Mercedes-Benz vehicles has to be the 1957 300SL. This beast was a rally roadster and only a limited number of them were produced. Unfortunately, no production models have survived unscathed to date. 1957 was the last year of production for the 300SL.

The 1957 300SL didn’t offer many changes in comparison to previous model years. The engine was an S6 3.0 liter that had 12 valves in the single overhead cam. The engine was capable of pushing out a maximum of 190 horsepower when pushed to 5800 rpm’s and displacing almost 3000 cc. The gearbox was comprised of a simple, four-speed, manual transmission. Holding up the vehicle was a tubular space frame. The entire vehicle weighed in at 3,050 pounds.

Keeping in line with Mercedes-Benz, the 300SL had numbered chassis and engines. This vehicle was also known as the “Gullwing” and is perhaps a more common name. Other unique features to the 300SL were the elongated front with a stubby rear-end. There was no hard-top version of this car. Hard-tops were not seen until 1958. The “SL” represented “sport light” although this vehicle was anything but featherweight.

In 1957, the 300SL would cost you about $7,300. As there were no completely original vehicles that stood the test of time, all models from 1957 have been rebuilt. This doesn’t matter to people who are interested in this classic car. In 2006, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL was part of the RM Auction in Monterey, California. The car sold for an unbelievable $605,000! More recently, a 300SL went for auction at Gooding & Company in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2010. This vehicle has had many upgrades to make it safer and race friendly. The car sold for $522.500.

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RM Monterey Auctions Results 2011

Lot Year/Make/Model Price
101 1934 Fiat Balilla 508 Cammioncino $55,000
102 1954 MG TF Roadster $27,500
103 1938 American Bantam Cabriolet $19,800
104 1958 Triumph TR3A Roadster $33,000
105 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe $39,600
106 1975 Maserati Bora Coupe $60,500
107 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer $130,000
108 1948 Jaguar 3.5-Liter Mark IV Drophead Coupe $110,000
109 1973 Lamborghini Espada Coupe $55,000
110 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Liter Fixed Head Coupe $123,750
111 1934 Brisko-Dreyer Sprint Car $33,000
112 1950 MG TC SC “EXU” Midget Roadster $66,000
113 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Convertible $63,250
114 1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Touring Limousine $82,500
115 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet $52,250
116 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Roadster $159,500
117 1941 Packard Super Eight Darrin Convertible Victoria $203,500
118 1935 Auburn Model 851 Supercharged Speedster $231,000
119 2001 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Concept Car $60,500
120 2005 Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept Platform Model $82,500
121 1954 Dodge Firearrow III Concept Car $852,500
122 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1/2 4.2-Liter Roadster $104,500
123 1948 Allard M1 Drophead Coupe $63,250
125 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta Boxer $143,000
126 1987 Buick Regal GNX $79,750
127 1928 Vauxhall 20/60 Hurlingham Speedster $148,500
128 1938 Lagonda LG6 Drophead Coupe $178,750
129 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe $225,500
130 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III Drophead Coupe $247,500
131 1899 Columbia Electric Landaulet $550,000
132 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Roadster $258,500
134 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster $440,000
135 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” $159,500
137 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer $319,000
138 2004 Porsche Carrera GT $368,500
139 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio $693,000
140 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupe de Ville $412,500
141 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato “Double Bubble” Coupe $93,500
142 1951 Allard K2 Roadster $104,500
143 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance $946,000
144 1969 Chevrolet BFG “Stars & Stripes” Factory L88 “ZL-1” Greenwood Racing Corvette
$638,000
145 1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Balloon Car $484,000
146 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria $440,000
148 1970 Porsche 911S Steve McQueen Le Mans Movie Car $1,375,000
151 1969 Shelby GT 500 Convertible $170,500
152 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta $1,485,000
156 1993 Jaguar XJ220 $231,000
157 1934 Duesenberg Model J Riviera Phaeton $990,000
158 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster $88,000
159 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Fuel-Injected Vintage Racing Car $57,750
161 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat $539,000
163 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept Car $935,000
164 1973 Chevrolet Corvette SCCA/IMSA Racing Car $88,000
165 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Sport Phaeton $363,000
166 1927 Paul Sylva Modified Roadster $55,000
167 1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible $214,500
168 1934 Packard Twelve 5-Passenger Sport Phaeton $170,000
169 1953 Kurtis 500S Roadster Continuation $104,500
171 1960 Morgan Plus Four Drophead Coupe $36,300
172 1967 Porsche 911S Soft Window Targa $165,000
173 1967 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe $434,500
174 1921 Renault Type JP Model 45 $220,000
178 1957 Porsche 356A 1600S Speedster $220,000
179 1968 Volkswagen Type 2 Double-Cab Pickup Truck $28,600
180 1950 Bentley MK VI Sports Saloon $31,900
181 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Cabriolet $33,000
201 1934 Divco Helms Bakery Delivery Truck $74,250
202 1965 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 “S” $52,250
203 1941 American Bantam Convertible Coupe $27,500
204 1962 Triumph TR4 $44,000
205 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe $203,500
206 1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe $110,000
207 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2-Liter Fixed Head Coupe $55,000
208 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe $101,750
209 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet $154,000
211 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster $687,500
212 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux $797,500
213 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback $753,500
215 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC $313,500
217 1936 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria $902,000
219 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe $836,000
220 1935 Bugatti Type 57 “Grand Raid” Roadster $990,000
222 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 $170,500
223 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK II BN7 Deluxe Roadster $123,750
224 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Boattail Runabout $506,000
225 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Custom Dual Windshield Phaeton $500,500
226 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta $907,500
227 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-Litre Open Tourer $671,000
228 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Coupe $297,000
229 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder $2,530,000
230 1938 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead Coupe $544,500
231 1965 Mercer-Cobra Roadster $660,000
232 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster $4,620,000
233 1932 Packard 904 Individual Custom Dietrich Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton $946,000
234 1950 Bugatti Type 101 Coupe $616,000
235 1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5-Liter Roadster $687,500
236 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Coupe $3,080,000
237 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta $3,685,000
238 1958 BMW 507 Roadster $1,072,500
239 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet $126,500
241 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 5th Series $935,000
242 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster $9,680,000
243 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe $357,500
244 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione $5,280,000
245 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe $803,000
246 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Low-Roof Alloy Berlinetta $660,000
247 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster $3,767,500
248 1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe $1,980,000
249 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A $2,970,000
250 1934 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet D $275,000
251 1924 Mercedes 28/95 Sport Phaeton $1,017,500
252 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe $2,090,000
254 1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America $423,500
255 1953 Siata 208S Spyder $946,000
256 1955 Kurtis 500SX Roadster $500,000
258 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS $187,000
259 1969 Lamborghini Islero S 2+2 Coupe $134,750
260 1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Series I Roadster $132,000
261 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 MK III Sports Convertible $77,000
262 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster $82,500
263 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe $242,000
264 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster $82,500
265 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen Replica $49,500

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