How Much?

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature Car -

De­vel­oped out of the 1952 racer that won at Le Mans and in the gru­elling Car­rera Panamer­i­cana, the 300SL is nor­mally hailed as be­ing the first gen­uine su­per­car. And, val­ues will be al­ways be in the su­per range when it comes to blue-chip col­lectibles such as the Gull­wing (in­ci­den­tally, once voted in by read­ers of this mag­a­zine as their num­ber-one cost-noob­ject clas­sic car). Back when the 300SL topped our reader sur­vey, a Gull­wing coupé was val­ued at around NZ$112–200K de­pen­dent upon con­di­tion. By the end of 2006, world­wide col­lected sales fig­ures in­di­cate a range run­ning from NZ$508K for a Con­di­tion 4 car up to NZ$712,350 for a top-end Con­di­tion 1 ex­am­ple. Over the fol­low­ing five to six years, val­ues climbed to NZ$800K– $1.07M and the last fig­ures we saw in­di­cated a price range of NZ$1.76–$2.57M. How­ever, switch over to the value of an al­loy-bod­ied coupé, and the prices re­flect the car’s ex­treme rar­ity and de­sir­abil­ity. While re­main­ing rel­a­tively static for quite some time, with a range of NZ$1.65–$2M along with steel-bod­ied vari­ants, prices for th­ese rare cars en­joyed a huge up­swing start­ing in Jan­uary 2012, when they em­barked on a swift climb to to­day’s val­u­a­tion — cur­rently that’s NZ$5.7–$9.4M. If you’ve just won Lotto and fancy a big spend — we’ve got just the car for you!

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