This Week on Hagerty Marketplace: Vintage Luxury and Adorable JDM


Welcome to This Week on Hagerty Marketplace, a new and recurring recap of the previous week’s most noteworthy cars and significant sales from the Hagerty Marketplace online auctions.

The bulk of cars sold with Hagerty Marketplace over the last seven days come from a collection out of Boca Raton, Florida. Vintage luxury was the dominant flavor, with the occasional Ford hot rod, Cobra replica, and Beetle convertible thrown in for good measure. It wasn’t all Florida flavor, though, as we witnessed some JDM charm crossing the virtual auction block as well. Here are the standout sales:

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupe

Sold for $48,150

Mercedes-Benz sold the W111 platform in numerous versions from 1959-71, an era when the company delivered some of its most timeless, handsome models and constructed them like tanks. The two-door 280SE is the arguably best-looking, most well-known, and most highly prized of the series; this two-tone coupe is reportedly a U.S.-market car upgraded to European spec with single-piece glass headlights and removed side reflectors. It moved for solid, condition #3+ (Good) money.

1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30HP Park Ward Landaulette

Sold for $41,302

The 20/25 was the bread-and-butter Rolls-Royce from 1929 to 1936. And although it was technically the entry-level model, it was still a Rolls-Royce. As such, many examples received wild bodywork from premier coachbuilders. This one was skinned by Park Ward of London as a landaulette (sometimes written as landaulet), which is a closed car over the front seats but has a folding roof over the important folks riding out back. It also has a sliding division window, rear jump seats, and vanities. Vintage Rolls-Royces are rarely cheap, but even ones with rare, interesting coachbuilt bodywork like this can be surprisingly inexpensive to buy.

1991 Nissan Figaro

Sold for $17,120

There aren’t many cheaper ways to turn heads than one of these quirky, retro-styled JDM gems. Available exclusively to Japanese customers over three batches in 1991, the Nissan Figaro was deliberately old school with its wide grille, circular headlights, soft curves, thin steering wheel, and vintage-style gauges and switchgear. It was so popular that Nissan sold all 20,000 units via a lottery system. Since turning 25 years old and therefore gaining exemption from U.S. import restrictions, American enthusiasts have gotten to enjoy the Figaro, too.

Figaros were available in four paint colors to represent the seasons: Topaz Mist (autumn), Emerald Green (spring), Pale Aqua (summer), and Lapis Grey (winter). This one wears the wintry Lapis Grey with a white retractable top. Figaros are easy to fall for and their prices are up a remarkable 68 percent over the last five years, but the $17K sale price here shows how unusual, fun cars are still out there at entry-level prices.


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    Having seen a few Figaro’s in person they are very stylish and cute. Something that Nissan can probably never do again.

    Figaros for $17k is nuts.
    I imported truckloads of JDM stuff into Canada, Figaros at the JDM auctions 10 years ago were $1000.
    They’ve been old hat and sitting out on the street here in Vancouver for $15 years

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