Scottsdale, 30th January, 2022
In its slipstream was a very special ‘barn find’ Mercedes-Benz, surely one of the last unrestored 300S
Roadsters, of which only 141 were produced. This largely original motorcar had spent many decades of its
later life off the road and was offered as an exciting restoration project and a rare opportunity to restore one of
the finest post-war high performance luxury automobiles to its former glory.
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Two particularly strong performers were more contemporary classics: a 1997 Porsche 911 ‘Type 993’ Turbo
S Coupé, which had covered just 14,000 miles since new, achieved $467,000, far exceeding its top
However, the Stars and Stripes were flown by an American automotive icon: a 1949 Buick Roadmaster
Convertible, the ‘third character’ in the 1988 multi-award-winning road drama motion picture Rain Man,
offered direct from the ownership of Dustin Hoffman. The 'best supporting car' of the Bonhams
Scottsdale Auction sold for $335,000 to a telephone bidder, setting a new world record for a
Roadmaster convertible, following a spirited bidding against rivals online and in the Arizona saleroom.
Jakob Greisen, Bonhams Vice President - Head of US Motoring, said: “We are so pleased to have
started the year on such a high note, with a near perfect sell-through rate and strong prizes realized across
the board. Bidders attended from all over the world, both in person, over phone, or online via the Bonhams
Other highlights include:
Bonhams Motoring’s next sale takes place in Paris on February 3, at the Grand Palais Ephémère set against
the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower.
The eleventh edition of the Bonhams auction presented 90 collectors’ automobiles, spanning all eras. Other
highlights of the sale included: