Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing + Mazda RX-7 + Honda Accord coupe - Auction Action 451

By: Mark Higgins

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1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Sold: A$2M

Originally owned by the Prince of Salm-Salm, a principality in the north west area of France, who took delivery of the graphite grey, blue plaid interior Gullwing in August 1956. It then sold to an Indianapolis neurosurgeon who kept it until 2005 and more recently it underwent cosmetic and mechanical refurb including a return to its original colour. It sold with extensive historical documentation.


1977 Honda Accord manual coupe

Sold: $36,250


Honda set a new standard with the Accord mid 1976. Until then no brand had bothered adding lux to small cars. This blue hatch has been much loved by its one fastidious owner and presents immaculately. An original three-door, 1.6lt manual, it has travelled a mere 20,499km. Extras include Aunger alloys and rear window louvre, chrome ‘bullet’ exterior mirrors, mesh headlight covers, and factory mud flaps. An absolute gem.


1969 Mazda 1500 SS manual sedan

Sold: $36,100


Rumoured to be a rejected Alfa design by Giugiaro, the Luce put Mazda on the map. This ultra-rare twin carb 1500 SS version one-owner sedan has clearly been loved. Its Canard Blue hue, trim and mechanicals are mostly original. In 52 years just 43,992 miles have passed under its tyres. It sold with full history. The owner went to great lengths to personalise it with many accessories.


1985 Mazda RX-7 Series 3 coupe

Sold: $52,000


Not long ago Mazda RX-7 prices shot upwards and there appears to be no holding back. This two-tone Series 3 is in original nick with three owners since lobbing here in 1985. It comes with plenty of documented history, shows 71,000km on the clock with 8000 kays covered in the past decade. Perfect addition to a Japanese car collection, or a weekend plaything.


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Honda Prelude


Stop laughing as the third generation of Honda’s sporty coupe is a beaut thing to punt thanks to its zippy 2lt DOHC engine and slick manual gearbox. Built between 1987 and 1991, they can be found for under 10 grand now but a time will come when they’ll hit buyers' radars. This Prelude’s party piece was its mechanical four wheel steering system, a world first for a production car. Being a Honda, reliability shouldn’t be an issue, nor should parts availability. That said, contact your local Honda club for advice and maybe an intro to a car or two.


From Unique Cars #451, April 2021


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