You’ve got a taste for the finer things, and you’re in good company here. Mercedes-Benz is one of the most iconic luxury brands, known for its class, craftsmanship, and performance. The brand’s cars have been around since 1886, and there have been many expensive—and priceless—models over the years. Here are the 16 most expensive Mercedes-Benz models ever sold at auction:
1. Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is one of the most expensive Mercedes in the world, sold for $8.4 million in 2016. It’s one of only four ever made, and only one remains in existence. It was designed by Josef A.G. Bauer and powered by a 7.1-liter inline eight-cylinder engine that produces 235 hp at 3200 rpm with a top speed of 135 mph—not bad for 1936!
The car has quite a fascinating history behind it as well: It was specially built for King Leopold III of Belgium, who used it extensively until World War II began; afterward, he shipped it to Switzerland, where it remained until purchased by its current owner in 1994.
2. Mercedes-Benz W196 “Streamliner”
The Mercedes-Benz W196 “Streamliner” was a Formula One race car produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz. The W196s were used in the 1954 and 1955 Formula One seasons, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, Karl Kling, and Stirling Moss. The W196 was the first Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix car to use fuel injection instead of a supercharger or atmospheric pressure charging.
The streamliner’s top speed was 290 km/h (180 mph). In 1954 it was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and won seven races out of eight; Karl Kling won two races while Stirling Moss won one race at Aintree Circuit on May 7th, 1955, driving it with no supercharger installed after being forced to withdraw from his home Grand Prix due to illness – this victory marked the end of an era for Mercedes. They would not win another championship until 1994!
3. Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
In 1954, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 300 SL Gullwing Coupe to the world. It was one of the first cars to feature a retractable hardtop roof. The vehicle was also unique for its gullwing doors, which opened upwards instead of outwards like many other car models. The Gullwing Coupe is one of the most famous Mercedes Benz vehicles in history and has become an instant classic among car enthusiasts worldwide. According to AutoTrader, this model sold for $1 million at auction on May 31st, 2013!
4. Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
The 300SL Roadster is a beautiful car, and it’s in good company with the 300SL Coupe and the Gullwing Coupe. Its price is almost double that of the regular 300SL Coupe, but it comes with its unique style. Citron Yellow paint and wide fenders make this special edition shine bright on your driveway. If you like open-top rides, this one will be right up your alley—just make sure your garage has enough space to store it!
5. Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet A
This car is a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet A. The car has a 6-cylinder engine that produces 110 hp and 140 Nm (103 lb-ft), meaning it’s not the most powerful car on the list. It’s also one of the oldest cars on this list, so it doesn’t have all the modern features or performance that some other vehicles here do. However, it does have a fascinating history as a former racer that won Le Mans in 1937 with Rudolf Caracciola behind the wheel.
6. 1937 540K Special Roadster
The 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is a classic car with a price to match. It boasts a 6.3L supercharged inline eight-cylinder engine, 300hp, and a top speed of 130mph. 0-60mph is achieved in 7.7 seconds.
The car may be worth $9 million, but it costs far less than the other cars on this list to maintain—a mere $1,300 per year in maintenance costs, according to Forbes magazine!
7. 1937 540K Spezial Roadster Convertible
The seventh most expensive Mercedes Benz in the world is a 1937 540K Spezial Roadster Convertible. Only four of these cars were built, and two were sold in the United States. One was purchased by a Japanese collector, while another went to a European collector. The fourth one is on display at the Stuttgart Museum. The car has an estimated value of $12 million.
8. 1953 300 S Cabriolet
1953 300 S Cabriolet is a luxurious two-door convertible model that was first introduced in 1952. It was sold in the United States and Europe, but you can see this car at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
The car has a three-liter straight-six engine that produces 110 horsepower. The interior is trimmed with leather seats and equipped with an AM radio and heater controls on the dashboard. If you want to buy one of these beauties for yourself, be prepared to spend around $190,000!
9. 1953 300 S Coupe
This 1953 Mercedes 300 S Coupe was sold for $7.5 million in 2010. The model was produced between 1949 and 1954, with 3,220 units manufactured during this time. The car is powered by a 3-liter straight-six engine that develops 170 horsepower at 4,500 RPM. It has a four-speed manual gearbox and can reach 0 – 60 mph in 6 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
The model features an aerodynamic body style with an elegant monocoque chassis made from steel. The brakes are disc brakes on all four wheels with hydraulic assistance, which were quite advanced for the period when these were introduced on production cars starting in 1952 but not yet familiar on every vehicle until later years due to cost factors, among other things as well as other factors such as safety considerations which would require more substantial upgrades before they could be used across entire lines of vehicles; however, there have been exceptions where specific models like those produced by Porsche did feature them much sooner than most others due to their racing heritage so even though development has slowed down somewhat over time due largely nonetheless because we’ve reached some sort threshold where there aren’t any gains left anymore it doesn’t mean that companies haven’t been actively working towards improving things anyway.”
10. 1954 300 SL Gullwing Coupe
Cost: $1.5 million
Owner: Jay Leno
Color: Black paint. Black leather. Black carpets. Black dashboard. Blacktop and seats, steering wheel, door panels, and window frames (even the windows are black).
11. 1955 300 SL Gullwing Coupe
You may have heard of the 300 SL Gullwing Coupe. It’s one of the most famous cars in history, and it has a lot of fans worldwide. The price for a 1955 model? About $1.5 million.
This car was built as an open-top roadster with gullwing doors that made it easier to enter and exit than traditional convertibles at the time. Its engine wasn’t too shabby either: V8, 3.0L, 204 horsepower, and 155 mph top speed. The body style is a 2-door coupe; the transmission is manual; the production date is 1955 (yeah—way back then).
12. 1955 300 SL Alloy Gullwing Coupe
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was introduced in 1954 and was the first fuel-injected car. It is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which produces 175 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The interior includes custom leather seats, carpets, and door panels with wood trim on the dash.
The 1955 model was designed by Mercedes-Benz and built using aluminum alloy to make it lighter than its steel counterpart. The design also features gullwing doors that open upwards instead of outwards as they did with previous models; these doors give it its name “Aluminum Gullwing Coupe,” which has been shortened to “Alloy Gullwing Coupe” in more recent times because of their popularity amongst collectors today.
13. 1956 190SL Coupe/Soft Top Roadster
- Year: 1956
- Model: 190SL Coupe/Soft Top Roadster
- Location: Germany (Stuttgart)
- Condition: In good condition. The paint is cracked and the interior has some wear. The leather seats show their age, but they still look great. Overall, this car is in great shape overall!
- Details: This Mercedes was owned by a man named Jerry Berg, an entrepreneur from Ohio who amassed one of the largest collections of classic cars in history before his death at 85 years old in 2014. He had an incredible life filled with travel and adventure and his passion for these beautiful machines led him to own over 110 different models including several rare Bugattis that were worth millions on their own!
14. 1956 220S Cabriolet A Coupe/Soft Top Roadster
- 1956 220S Cabriolet A Coupe/Soft Top Roadster
- Price: $2.2 million
- Engine: 6-cylinder, 2,195cc
- Horsepower: 150hp
- Top Speed: 135 mph
15. 1957 190SL Coupe/Soft Top Roadster and
The Mercedes-Benz 190SL Coupe/Soft Top Roadster is one of the most iconic cars in history and has been beautifully preserved. The car was owned by a single family since new and never modified or restored. It’s one of the few examples with a matching numbers engine block, making it extremely valuable. The listing price is $5.5 million.
The 1957 220S Cabriolet, A Coupe/Soft Top Roadster, was initially owned by global entrepreneur David Brown. They purchased it and allowed his wife to drive it sparingly around their estate in Pangbourne, England. Following his death in 1988, she brought it out for special occasions until she gave up her license at age 90—and then kept driving anyway! This car has been lovingly maintained over the years with no modifications made to its original condition; even though only 456 were ever produced (and just 19 remain today), this vehicle is considered among the most desirable automobiles ever made by Mercedes-Benz because of its rarity as well as its longevity
16. 1957 220S Cabriolet A Coupe/Soft Top Roadster
The 1957 220S Cabriolet, A Coupe/Soft Top Roadster, is a four-door hardtop coupe that you can drive around in, but it also has the benefit of being able to convert into a roadster. This allows you to take your friends out for an afternoon drive, then have them all get out and enjoy the sunset as nature intended.
The car also has many other features that make it worth its place on this list: it comes with air conditioning, power steering, and power breaks. But don’t worry if you want more; there’s plenty more available when you buy this car (such as side curtains).
Mercedes-Benz is a name synonymous with style, luxury, and expensive cars. The company has produced some of the most sought-after models in history, including the SLR McLaren, which was the first roadster to break 200 mph (320 km/h); the 6.3 liters V12 SL 65 AMG Black Series; and its flagship AMG model, which came with a price tag of more than $100,000! But none of these high-end automobiles holds a candle to what we’re about to see today: These are genuinely some spectacular vehicles that will make even your heart skip a beat when they come into view.