Mercedes coupé stuns Monaco


A 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC – formerly owned by Prince Rainier of Monaco – has astonished auction goers by selling for €117,600 at Artcurial’s 26 July sale.

The V8 embodiment of 1980s excess was bought new by the Prince, and a Royal foray into the options list meant it came complete with a factory-fit spoiler, side skirts, special-option steering wheel, and was painted in the Prince’s favourite shade of blue.

A Ford Model A Roadster almost pulled off the same trick as the big Mercedes at the sale of the excess from His Serene Highness Prince Albert’s collection, injecting €62,000 – more than three times its estimate – into the Royal piggy bank.

A 1913 Panhard Levassor X19 Roadster (estimate €35,000) and a 1907 Berliet C2 Double-Phaeton (guide €30,000) also bettered expectations, selling for €81,300 and €70,000 respectively.

As if to demonstrate the power of His Serene Highness’ Royal touch, even motoring oddities such as a 1987 Fleur De Lys mock-up vintage bus (€40,000) and a Siata Spring Roadster (€25,500) went well over their forecast limits.

Artcurial’s next classic car sale will be ‘Automobiles Sur Les Champs 4’ on 11 November.



WHAAATTTT?????? That's quite amazing price! the Buyer must be quite the enthusiast/!

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