The $2 Million Vintage Car Castle Find

Posted 11/13/17

We’ve been cleaning out our auto repair shop in Cincinnati lately. We’ve made some interesting finds: a vintage BMW engine, an old flex pipe we should have thrown out years ago, even some old random tools we wrote off as history.

But we never found 12 vintage cars worth millions of dollars, despite the fact that one of our specialities is vintage car repair. Perhaps we should run our mechanics shop out of a castle. The garage sale alone could pay the deed, indeed…

Twelve vintage cars discovered in a Swiss castle recently sold for millions at auction. They included a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Double Phaeton, a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, a Lamborghini Espada, a Maserati Ghibli SS, and a Maserati Indy America. Additionally, a 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante, a 1981 Mercedes 500 SLC, a ’73 Ford Mustang, a ’67 Maserati Quattroporte MkII, and a pair of Jaguar E-Types.

Who Loses Such a Treasure Trove of Awesome Wheels?

“Thought to have been started in the 1950s by a wealthy car enthusiast, the fleet is said to have remained largely untouched for years following the owner’s death,” the Sun reported. “The collection was rediscovered last year by the former owner’s son, and will be put up for auction later this month.”

The cars brought in a total of $2.3 million.

Inflating the total, the 1958 300 SL Roadster earned $1,262,860 on its own, following a contested bidding war between two interested parties.

“It may be the story behind these cars, but nearly every single vehicle of the 12 sold for far higher than its estimated value,” Motor Authority reported. “The Ghibli SS sold for nearly $196,000 and the Aston Martin V8 Volante garnered $193,000—both sums are higher than Bonhams’ estimates.”

Do Your BMW Brakes Need New Rotors?

Wondering if that brake job for your BMW will also need new rotors? That’s the several hundred dollar question, the difference between a fairly cheap car repair and an obnoxiously expensive one. And of course it’s also the difference in time. Replace the pads before they wear thin, and you usually won’t have to worry about replacing the rotors. Generally, if your brakes are squeaking, they need replacing. And if you hear grinding, then your rotors are likely shot too. Wobbling brakes are also bad news for the rotors. It indicates the brake pads are not connecting properly. Head that BMW straight to the mechanic pronto!