Online Auction Live – July 29 @ 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST
Lifelong collection of Mercedes parts and cars spanning the 1950s – 2000s
Pre-bid online now until live bidding on July 29. Items located in Oakland, California.
The Marshall’s Silver Star Motors Mercedes Auction is open for bidding now and scheduled to culminate in live bidding on July 29 at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST. The live auction will run simultaneously on three online partner platforms, Proxibid, Invaluable, and LiveAuctioneers. Absentee and telephone bidding is also available to pre-registered, qualified buyers.
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Terms & Conditions
- All items to be sold at no reserve and to the highest bidder. All parts sold as one lot.
- All items will remain at the seller’s facility. Seller to allow for pre-purchase inspections by bidders with reasonable notice. Pre-purchase inspections are for pre-approved registered bidders only.
- Seller to allow buyer up to 90 days to remove all items (no later than October 15, 2020).
- All cost of removal, including any equipment and labor, are solely the buyers responsibility.
- All items are located in and pickup is in Oakland, California
Bidding. No bid may be retracted by Bidder/Buyer during the sale for any reason, regardless of whether bid is made in person, by telephone, online, or as an absentee bidder. All sales are final upon the Auctioneer’s declaration of sale.
Payment. Payment of the purchase price is due immediately upon the Auctioneer’s declaration of sale. Payments must be in the form of cash or certified funds. All cash payments will be reported according to U.S. Federal government requirements.
Personal or company checks and for non-automotive lots, approved credit cards, are acceptable with prior approval from Worldwide Auctioneers (herein afterward referred to as Worldwide). Approval requires an irrevocable letter of guarantee from the purchaser’s bank made to Worldwide Auctioneers, stating the auction name, sale date(s), the limit of the bank’s guarantee, and a commitment not to issue stop payments with respect to checks made payable to Worldwide Auctioneers. (Sample of this bank letter is available. Please call our office.) Your check may be converted to an electronic file. Alternate payment arrangements are available for absentee and telephone bidders and must be made in advance. Please direct
inquiries to sales office.
Final bid price for Online, Telephone or Absentee Bidders does not include Buyer’s Premium or applicable taxes or fees. Buyer is responsible for all federal, city, state, or other taxes due for which the Buyer does not qualify as exempt. Proof of exemption is Buyer’s responsibility. Payment for any vehicle or lot is to be immediate and made directly by the Buyer to Worldwide with Buyer agreeing to pay Worldwide sales
commission as per sale agreement.
Non-Compliance of Buyer, Default, and Remedies. If the Bidder/Buyer fails to comply with any of the Conditions of Sale, including, without limitation, a Bidder/Buyer fails to timely pay the full purchase price and/or remove a vehicle when required, the Bidder/Buyer shall be in breach and default of this agreement and shall be liable to Worldwide Auctioneers, and Bidder/Buyer agrees that Worldwide shall be entitled to recover from such Bidder/Buyer, any and all damages, costs, expenses, fees (including attorneys’ fees) and other amounts suffered and/or incurred. Worldwide may initiate legal action against the Bidder/Buyer including, without limitation, an action for specific performance, cancel or rescind the sale, resell the vehicle(s) with or without reserve privately or at public auction and the Bidder/Buyer shall be liable for any deficiency between the purchase price (plus all damages, costs, expenses and fees, including attorney’s fees incurred by Worldwide) and the resale price. Items not picked up within stated times without contacting Auction Company may be forfeited and or storage fee of $25.00 per day apply plus any towing or other storage fees.
Conditions of Sale. ALL SALES ARE “AS IS, WHERE IS.” BIDDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INSPECTIONS AND VERIFICATION OF CONDITION, AUTHENTICITY, AND COMPLETENESS OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT PURCHASED. BIDDER/BUYER EXPRESSLY AGREES NOT TO RELY ON ANY DESCRIPTION PRINTED OR SHOWN ONLINE BUT THEIR OWN RESEARCH AND INSPECTION. NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATION, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, OF ANY TYPE WHATSOEVER ARE MADE BY THE AUCTION COMPANY OR ANY OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVES. FURTHER, NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FOR FITNESS ARE MADE. INFORMATION PRINTED IN BROCHURES, CATALOGUES, SIGNS, WINDOW CARDS, ONLINE, AND VERBAL STATEMENTS MADE BY AUCTIONEERS OR AUCTION STAFF ARE REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY THE SELLER, AND WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS HAS NO OBLIGATION TO VERIFY OR AUTHENTICATE ANY SUCH CLAIMS OR REPRESENTATIONS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY ANNOUNCEMENT, ADVERTISEMENT, STATEMENT, ASSURANCE OR PROMISE BY, OR ON BEHALF OF, WORLDWIDE OR ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR REPRESENTATIVES, AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANY VERBAL OR WRITTEN CONDITION REPORT PROVIDED BY WORLDWIDE, WORLDWIDE HAS NO OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY, AND DOES NOT ASSUME ANY OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY, TO UNDERTAKE AN INSPECTION OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT PRIOR TO THE AUCTION. BIDDERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE RESPONSIBILITY AND ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO RESEARCH THE VEHICLE AND LOTS PRIOR TO THE AUCTION AND CONDUCT THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT INSPECTION AND EXAMINATION OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT, ACCOMPANYING SPARE PARTS, DOCUMENTATION, RESTORATION RECEIPTS, AND OWNERSHIP DOCUMENTS RELATING TO ANY LOT OR VEHICLE PROVIDED BY THE SELLER TO WORLDWIDE. BIDDERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE TO SATISFY THEMSELVES, PRIOR TO BIDDING, AS TO THE CONDITION OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT AND ALL MATTERS RELATING TO THE VEHICLE OR LOT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DESIRED OR NECESSARY REPAIRS, RESTORATION OR MISSING PART(S), YEAR OR AGE, SIZE, SERIAL NUMBER, MAKE, MODEL, OPTIONS, TOOLS, PREVIOUS USE OR OWNERSHIP, PROVENANCE, DOCUMENTS, MANUFACTURING OR RESTORATION PROCESS, DAMAGE, GENUINENESS, ATTRIBUTION, RARITY, OR HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. WORLDWIDE, NOR THE SELLER, SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY REPAIRS, RESTORATION, REPLACEMENT OF ANY PARTS, OR ANY OTHER MATTER.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THE AUCTION, EACH BIDDER/BUYER EXPRESSLY WAIVES, AND AGREES THAT IT WILL NOT SEEK ANY RECOVERY FROM, OR PURSUE ANY CLAIM AGAINST, WORLDWIDE RELATING TO ANY OF THE FOREGOING, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR REPAIRS, RESTORATION OR REPLACEMENT OF PARTS. ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE AT TIME OF SALE SUPERSEDE ANY PREVIOUSLY PRINTED INFORMATION. BUYERS SHOULD NOTE THAT MOTOR VEHICLES LOTS SOLD AT THIS AUCTION ARE INTENDED AS COLLECTOR’S ITEMS AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE TO PROVIDE DAILY TRANSPORTATION AND WORLDWIDE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE AGE, NATURE, AND CONDITION OF ANY MOTOR VEHICLES IN THE AUCTION MAKES IT LIKELY THAT MAJOR COMPONENTS MAY HAVE BEEN MODIFIED, REPLACED, RESTORED OR REPAIRED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE AUCTION COMPANY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES TO INSPECT AND/OR VERIFY THE CONDITION OF ANY LOT TO PROVIDE ANY AUTHENTICITY OF ANY LOT FOR ANY PURPOSE.
Other Terms. Any vehicles or lots in the auction not marked as “Offered Without Reserve” are subject to a minimum bid set by the Seller. When a vehicle or lot is sold subject to such a minimum bid, the Auctioneer may bid on the Seller’s behalf in an amount not to exceed the Seller’s minimum bid. All terms of sale posted on the auction premises, printed in sale brochures or forms, online, publicly announced, or otherwise published are incorporated herein by reference.
This instrument, together with the Bidder’s Registration Form, Clerk Ticket, Purchase Invoice and Bill of Sale, comprise the entire agreement of the parties and shall be binding on them and their respective heirs, personal representatives and assigns. This instrument shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an officer of Worldwide in the auction office or at the auction block. The above instruments constitute a contract between Bidder/Buyer, Seller and Worldwide.
All items to be sold at no reserve and to the highest bidder. All parts sold as one lot.
All items will remain at the seller’s facility. Seller to allow for pre-purchase inspections by bidders with reasonable notice. Pre-purchase inspections are for pre-approved registered bidders only.
Seller to allow buyer up to 90 days to remove all items (no later than October 15, 2020).
All cost of removal, including any equipment and labor, are solely the buyers responsibility.
ALL PARTIES AGREE THAT THE EXCLUSIVE AND SOLE JURISDICTION AND VENUE FOR ALL CLAIMS, COURT ACTIONS, AND LAWSUITS ARISING UNDER THESE CONTRACTS BE THE COURTS OF THE COUNTY OF DEKALB IN THE STATE OF INDIANA AND SHALL BE INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF INDIANA. THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THEY SPECIFICALLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT THEY MAY HAVE TO HAVE ANY CLAIMS OR ISSUES HEARD IN FEDERAL COURT.
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The “Mean Marshall” Story
“Mean Marshall” Ehlers moved from Chicago to the Bay Area of California in the early 1970s with $1,000 in his pocket and was later to become well-known and respected in Bay Area motorcycle groups as a collector of classic British bikes. He was also a lover and owner of multiple Mercedes-Benz automobiles and wooden Chris-Craft boats. A man of singular focus and passion, he switched his full attention in 1998 to Mercedes-Benz and quietly started amassing a huge inventory of hard-to-find Mercedes parts and cars in warehouses he owned behind his Oakland motorcycle shop.
Over the years he purchased multiple Mercedes-Benz parts businesses and dismantlers, whose inventory he constantly purged to retain only what was valuable and usable for re-sale. Silver Star Motors became a full-service restoration and repair shop and was the sole Bay Area Mercedes-Benz dismantler for 20 years. “Mr. Ehlers was a businessman, mechanic and avid longtime Mercedes-Benz collector who knew the value of good parts,” said Chris Peterson, Worldwide Senior Specialist. “Silver Star Motors was born from a passion for the marque and became a respected source for parts supply worldwide and the first choice for other service shops and licensed Mercedes repair facilities.”
On his unexpected passing in 2017, the businesses passed to his son Nils who, having spent the past two years organizing and cataloguing the expansive collection has chosen to focus on the motorcycle venture and allow the parts, cars, and boats to move on to their next custodians. The collection holds a wealth of everything Mr. Elhers deemed worthy of keeping, including multiple engines, transmissions, Becker radios, fuel pumps, seats, trim, glass, and lights, as well as smaller parts and various seats and convertible tops, for models from the 1950s to 2000s. There are also 19 project cars in the offering, all of which are complete, and some of which are running, plus a pair of Chris-Craft Continental Runabout boats, 16 Chris-Craft boat engines, and multiple parts. The two boats were disassembled after the purchase with the aim of complete restoration so, with the parts included in the boat lot, the buyer will be able to completely reassemble each one, with the parts for one already partially restored.
Over 100,000 OEM Parts
- 90+ Engines
- 250+ Transmissions
- Assortment of Vintage Becker Radios
- Steering Wheels
- Trim Lights
- Hard Tops
Chris-Craft Collector’s Dream Find.
Pair of Chris-Craft Continental Runabout boats, 16 Chris-Craft boat engines, and multiple parts.
The two boats were disassembled after purchase with the aim of complete restoration so, with the parts included in the boat lot the buyer will be able to completely reassemble each one, with the parts for one already partially restored.
The boats and boat parts will be offered for sale as one lot, a Chris-Craft collector’s dream find.
1955 Chris-Craft Continental “Bull Nose”
19 ft Vessel
VIN: CFZ085280055D / CF NUMBER# CF 0852 BD
1956 Chris-Craft Continental “Bull Nose”
20 ft Vessel
VIN: CFZ4143SA056 / CF NUMBER: CF 4143 SK