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US trend: wide-body S-Classes at classic car auction in Scottsdale

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I n the last week of January there is a huge one Spectacles in and around the city of Scottsdale. The major international auction houses - most of them based in the USA - offer top-class items as well as items tanned by the hot California sun. RM Auctions is also there with a large auction and is offering more than 150 cars on January 28th and 29th. A trend towards the dubious Proll boxes of the 80s can hardly be dismissed this year. We present some of the cars.

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Shelby Cobra, built to Dragonsnake specifications: In the past 10 years this car with chassis number CSX2093 has been sold a few times at auctions - prices between $ 850,000 and $ 1.4 million. Now the estimate is 1.4 to 1.6 million dollars.

With half-naked women to a half-silky image

As early as 1989, the decision in favor of a Mercedes tuned by AMG was not always driven by the desire for top performance, best road holding and optimal performance. Many Affalterbacher customers were more concerned with the optimal visual appearance - preferably a bit flashy, because you wanted to attract attention.

Today, the widebody trimmed with the massive attachments (mostly made of GRP) for Testarossa and the like are S-classes of the W126 series have become rare. They passed through many hands too quickly and had a nasty aftertaste because they were often of neighborhood sizeswas staged accordingly.

Proll-S-Class hits the nerve of the times

The Yellow- Press was happy to report on the appearances of half-silly players in the red light scene - and incidentally damaged the image of the chubby C126 S-Classes. But slowly the scene is noticing that these cars are also part of automotive history. The 1989 Mercedes S-Class Coupé, which is now being offered by RM Auctions, is in tune with the times.

The car with chassis number WDB1260451A436448 is the 28th of a total of probably fewer than 50 examples of the Mercedes 560 SEC 6.0 AMG with the wide body body kit.

The mileage of the 385 hp six-liter V8 is just under 90,000 km, the first delivery to Japan and the auction catalog promise a well-cared-for example. The estimate is 100,000 to 150,000 US dollars.

Flat and wide 911 with 935 optics

Initially, the low-profile 930s were only handcrafted by Porsche to order. The corresponding body parts of the 930 Turbo ordered were dismantled and replaced with specially made components - including the pop-up headlights integrated into the fenders (58 units had headlights integrated into the front spoiler).

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Pretty weird : The low-rise Porsche 930 Turbo were popular in the USA. After the front conversion, the 911 was reminiscent of the 935th

German car in Grand Prix white

From 1984, the low-rise building was also included in the list of optional extras. And the copy offered comes from this year of construction. That doesn't make it one of the rare early vehicles, only 204 of which were built. From the factoryLow-rise 930s manufactured in regular production were built between 1984 and 1989, a total of 686 vehicles.

In 1984 the Grand Prix white car with a gray-beige interior with 48 km on the clock was delivered to Scottsdale /Arizona where it was rebuilt to US regulations. Over the years, the 930 Turbo has been equipped with a larger turbocharger and an RUF cooler. Thanks to these measures, the output should be 341 hp.

Dragonsnake Drag-Racing-Cobra

With lot number 251 a rare Cobra comes under the hammer. It was built as a normal 289 Cobra, but rebuilt in 1965 according to the Dragonsnake specifications.

In addition, it is a Cobra with racing history. Ed Hedrick won 7 NHRA races and the 1966 NHRA World Championship with this car. Victories at the Winternationals, the Jumping Nationals and the US Nationals in Indianapolis are on the long list of successes. Bruce Larson used the CSX2093 in races until the 90s.

Insiders have known about the vehicle on offer for a long time. In 2007 it achieved $ 1.42 million at the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. In 2011 this Cobra with chassis number CSX2093 was auctioned here in Scottsdale - the result at the time was $ 875,000. In 2012 it was sold for $ 850,000. The estimate is currently significantly higher - it is quoted at 1.4 to 1.6 million dollars.

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Semi-silk image - now filed? The wide-body S-Coupés of the 126 series from AMG were widespread in the red light scene. Now one of fewer than 50 copies built is going under the hammer.

1989 Porsche Speedster and 1974 De Tomaso Pantera

Two other offers that fall into the 'thick pants' category are the Porsche 911 Speedster and De Tomaso Pantera.

In 1989, exactly 823 copies of the Porsche 911 Speedster were made for the US market built, one of which is now up for auction in Scottsdale. The carsecond hand only has 20,246 miles on the clock. The estimate of the red Speedster with black leather interior is 175,000 to 225,000 dollars.

The days when De Tomaso Pantera was available for less than 30,000 euros are long gone, the dodgy image has been filed for years. RM Auctions is offering a 1974 example at its Scottsdale auction, which is said to be in mint condition after a complete restoration. Asking price: $ 100,000 to $ 125,000.

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