Broad Arrow, a subsidiary of the Hagerty Group which now owns “The Amelia”, is now the official “Amelia Auction” having supplanted RM Sotheby’s after its 24-year run with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
It’s a bit confusing. Broad Arrow’s crew is composed almost entirely of ex-RM Auctions people, so on the ground the relationships are familiar. Even the setup in the Ritz Carlton ballroom and surrounding a large tent on the Atlantic Ocean facing lawn is known territory. Lydia Fenet, Broad Arrow’s chief auctioneer, is becoming familiar and the block introductions of Alain Squindo continue his role with RM.
Broad Arrow is RM Auctions with a Hagerty spin including other familiar faces like Jacob Griesen and Caroline Cassini recently moving over from Bonhams. The Broad Arrow/Hagerty ambition is manifest in the breadth of resources brought to bear which include online auctions, private sales, financing and now an entrée into the European scene with a new representative in Germany, Bastian Voight, and a display at Techno Classica Essen in April.
All the personal relationships of Broad Arrow’s team, the ambition and financial muscle of Hagerty, the recognized venue at “The Amelia” and the Ritz Carlton resulted in a good, if not exceptional, result for Broad Arrow in its first Amelia Auction. Individual results were impossible to argue with even though the total sale was only comparable with what RM did at this venue a decade ago.
This is barely the first chapter in the Broad Arrow/RM Sotheby’s story. It promises to be epic.
Here are the numbers:
|Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
On-site observations are by Andrew Newton and Greg Ingold. Sorted in Lot # order.
Lot # 108 2002 Honda S2000 Convertible; S/N JHMAP114X2T010039; Sebring Silver/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $30,000 – $50,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $42,000. – 1,997/240hp, 6-speed. – Represented with 15,455 believable miles. Very good paint and body. The engine compartment is like new. The driver’s seat shows very little wear. Low miles and like new condition. – S2000s will rack up driving miles with no issues whatsoever, so this car with low but not too low mileage has a whole life of enjoyment left in it. The bidders recognized this and paid up but didn’t go overboard. A #2 car bought for $23,650 at Barrett-Jackson six weeks ago and sold for much more optimistic money. The consignor paid for the week in Amelia with this transaction.
Lot # 109 1958 Berkeley SE328 Roadster; S/N SE328692; Yellow/Yellow, Green leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Enthusiast restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $28,000. – 328/18hp Excelsior two-stroke engine, front-wheel drive, floor shift 3-speed sequential gearbox, centerlock wheels. – Good paint. Aged wheels. Pitted door hinges. Slightly grimy engine. Lightly worn seats and small crack in the steering wheel. Neglected driver condition with an enthusiast restoration, but that’s sort of the point with an offbeat, funky, fun car like this. – Berkeley was a leading caravan (a camping trailer) maker in the 1950s, and used the experience gained in working with fiberglass to make a compact sports car. Its drivetrain and layout were unconventional but Berkeleys became popular in small displacement sports car racing. Berkeley claimed 70mph speeds and 70 mpg fuel economy. Subsequent Berkeleys got a little larger and faster but had the same basic layout aside from the three-wheeled T60, and the company went bust in 1960s after building just two prototypes of its four-stroke Bandit. This SE328, which from a user standpoint sits somewhere between a microcar and a small displacement sports car like a Sprite or Spitfire, sold big on charm. We don’t see Berkeleys pop up for sale very often, but they typically bring significantly less money than this. Still, for this money it’s difficult to go very far wrong, and it is cute.
Lot # 111 1992 Lancia Delta HF Evoluzione I Hatchback; S/N ZLA831AB000567749; White, Martini graphics/Black Alcantara; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $190,000. – 1,995/210hp, Martini 5 edition, number 131 of 400, Recaro seats, Karlhofer performance upgrades performed. – 2,585 original kilometers, the body is in excellent shape, the underbody exhibits only minor aging and the interior is unused. A beautiful, original car. – The reported high bid is appropriate for this Delta’s condition, low miles and Martini 5 limited edition status even though it is generous for most Evo Is. The bid is close enough to the low estimate that, if there was money in the room, it could reasonably have gone away to a new owner.
Lot # 116 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Hardtop Coupe; S/N 2V87X4N162804; Admiralty Blue, Light Blue graphics/Black vinyl with cloth inserts; Estimate $140,000 – $180,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $173,600. – 455/290hp Super Duty, 4-Speed, Rally II wheels with trim rings, AM radio with 8-track. Comes with original books and window sticker and even original tires. – Original condition car with only two owners from new and all matching numbers. There are touched up paint chips on the nose. The screaming chicken decal has some damage that appears like polishing burn through. The engine compartment is aged with patina, and the interior has little visible wear and presents very well. A survivor class car represented with two owners from new, still rides on its original tires and has only 16,006 miles. – It’s good to see a well-preserved 4-speed Trans Am Super Duty in something other than black and even though 290hp doesn’t sound like much it really was “Super Duty” for 1974. This has never been a walk-by car and brought $93,500 when it was sold by the first owner at Auburn Fall in 2012. While this is a staggering price it bought a nearly irreplaceable car.
Lot # 118 1971 Citroen SM Coupe; S/N 00SB5583; Vert Argente Green/Black leather; Estimate $100,000 – $150,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $89,600. – 2,675/170hp Maserati V6, 5-speed manual, wheel covers, Michelin XWX tires, Chapron power sunroof, original console-mounted radio. – European delivery. Lightly pitted door handles and delaminating around the windshield. Excellent paint. Light age on the bumpers and lightly scratched rear glass. Lightly worn driver’s seat with a small rip in the left side. A well-preserved SM represented as 1,698 km from new. – A very good SM at a strong price, although not as strong as the $105,280 it brought at Gooding Scottsdale four years ago.
Lot # 123 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster; S/N CSX2234; Engine # 3513; Black/Black leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,200,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $925,000. – 289/271hp, 4-speed, wire wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT tires, wind wings, side exhaust, woodrim steering wheel, Stewart Warner gauges, tonneau cover. – Original drivetrain. Formerly owned by Rush drummer Neil Peart. Windshield is delaminated around the edges. Decent older paint with some scratches behind the seats, possibly from fitting the top. Lightly worn steering wheel and lightly stretched and wrinkled driver’s seat. Decent condition, but used and not any cleaner than when Gooding sold it a few years back. – This Cobra sold out of the late drummer’s “Silver Surfer Collection” (all the cars other than the Shelby were silver) in 2021 for $1,160,000, an appropriate number for the condition and equipment with no rock star premium whatsoever, unlike the other cars out of his collection. The reported high bid here is clearly more modest but not a total lowball offer, either, and a deal probably could have been worked out after the auction, especially this close to the pre-sale low estimate.
Lot # 126 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe; S/N WP0AF2A93BS785682; White, Red, Gray/Black leather, Red cloth inserts; Estimate $650,000 – $700,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $640,000 plus commission of 10.78%; Final Price $709,000. – 3,996/500hp, 6-speed, Porsche ceramic composite brakes, yellow calipers, Sport Chrono package, white alloy wheels, number 504 of 600 built. – 1,794 miles, like new inside and out. One of 126 sold in the US. – The GT3 RS 4.0 was from the last 997-series 911 and was the last of the Metzger-series engines and shared its block, crank and titanium rods with track-only 911s. It’s also the last 911 GT3 RS with a manual. Limited edition 911s are a dime a dozen, but ones with real performance and motorsports cred tend to be the most collectible and this car sold for over three times as much as its original sticker price would have been just a dozen years ago. As expensive as it deserves to be for low miles, originality, condition and its heritage, but still expensive in absolute terms.
Lot # 131 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider Convertible; S/N ZFFYT53A610126054; Giallo Modena/Dark Blue leather with Yellow stitching and bars; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $192,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $215,600. – 3,586/400hp, 6-speed, modular wheels, Pirelli tires, red calipers, Scuderia shields, Daytona-style seats, factory radio, clear bra on the nose. – Special order paint. Represented with 5,001 miles and serviced last year. Tiny spots of delaminating on the windshield and light wear on the driver’s seat are the only things to nitpick. – The Broad Arrow bidders responded to the excellent condition, low miles and 6-speed gearbox with an embarrassing price. This is huge money that highlights the myth of the “gated 6-speed”.
Lot # 137 2015 McLaren P1 Coupe; S/N SBM12ABA4FW000168; Carbon fiber/Black leather with Red stitching; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,200,000 plus commission of 10.23%; Final Price $2,425,000. – 3,785/727hp, black wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires, red calipers, stage 2 tuning with dynamic wing control. – Reportedly the second to last P1 built and the only one with this exposed carbon finish. Also represented with $400,000 in options. Just 130 miles and one owner. A new car. – When they first hit the second-hand market a few years ago, P1s did hit the $2M-plus mark. But then after initial demand was satisfied they dipped and we haven’t seen these kind of numbers since. Credit this one’s unique finish and extensive options for boosting it to a big premium here. One of few cars in this auction to hammer sold on a bid over the high estimate, which indicates the enthusiasm with which it was received.
Lot # 139 2019 McLaren Senna Coupe; S/N SBM15ACA1KW800068; Carbon fiber/Black leather, Red stitching; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,400,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.40%; Final Price $1,380,000. – 3,994/789hp V8, paddle shift, black wheels, red calipers, Trofeo R tires, 24-carat gold heat shield. – Number 68 of 500 built. 80 miles and no age to speak of, and there shouldn’t be. – While not an attractive car, the Senna is a highly capable one. The wide variety of options on high-dollar bespoke cars for the ultra-wealthy like this can make original purchase prices vary wildly. For example, this example is represented with over $300,000 in options on top of the $1M base price for a Senna when it was introduced in 2018. As for auction results, these cars typically bring between $1M and $1.5M, and this car fits right into that spread.
Lot # 143 1961 Jaguar XKE SI flat floor Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 885008; Engine # R1116-9; Opalescent Gunmetal Grey/Red leather; Estimate $600,000 – $700,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $550,000. – 3,781/265hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, woodrim steering wheel. – One of 20 outside bonnet latch LHD coupes and 11 in existence. The 8th lefthand drive XKE built and the first sold to a private customer (the earlier ones were used as demonstrators and show cars.) Original block, diff, radiator and colors. JCNA award winning restoration in 2001 and further refurbishment in 2015. Very clean engine. Good paint and chrome but they’ve lost a little of the show car luster. Excellent interior. An older show car with desirable early features. – This is a singularly important XKE with all the early features beloved by collectors. It was carefully assembled from a derelict in a potato field, the original engine block recovered and has been judged 100 points in JCNA competition several times. A show car since its restoration was finished, then freshened more recently, it is a Jaguar artifact, a relic that will always attract favorable attention. Could it have been sold at the reported high bid? The answer is, yes, but it also was reasonably declined due to the car’s nearly impeccable condition and historical significance.
Lot # 145 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Coupe (fiberglass), Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 19579; Engine # 01770; Fly Yellow/Tobacco; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $173,600. – 2,927/255hp, 5-speed, fiberglass body, Campagnolo wheels, Blaupunkt radio, air conditioning. – Presented as an original car, and showing 14,124 miles. One of only about 100 US-market fiberglass 308s. There are noticeable paint cracks at the bottom of each A-pillar and on the headlight covers, and between the taillights and turn signal lenses. The underbody and mechanicals have a light patina and the interior is noticeably worn with creases to the upholstery and a worn and slightly dirty looking carpet. Original but in a condition worth preserving after a sympathetic detail. – Sold by Bonhams at Scottsdale in 2014 for $114,400, then by RM at Monterey in 2018 for $184,800 having added just 258 miles to its odometer since 2014.The Vetroresina 308 GTBs are lighter than their subsequent steel paneled successors and more exciting to drive, not that this example’s history over the last nine years indicates it’s had much chance to experience. The result here is reasonable for its age, condition, originality and specifications.
Lot # 146 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo S Flachbau Coupe; S/N WP0AC2960RS480444; Engine # 61R01027; Black/Black leather; Estimate $1,150,000 – $1,350,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,100,000 plus commission of 10.45%; Final Price $1,215,000. – 3,601/385hp X88 package, 5-speed, modular wheels, red calipers, power sunroof, air conditioning, factory cassette. Comes with window sticker and manuals – One of 39 sold in the US. Just 3,971 miles. Light age on the original paint but no major issues. The rear fender stone guards, however, are cracking. Very good, lightly worn interior. Formerly owned by Jerry Seinfeld and kitted up with a shopping list of original options sold new twenty years ago for $165,310. – Rare configurations and options an really add up in the 911 world, in this case to seven figures. This is over three times what a “normal” 964 Turbo in this condition would ordinarily sell for but the Turbo S Flachbau carries special cachet. Surprisingly we’ve seen several of them cross auction blocks in the recent past, consistently bringing high-six or low-seven figure prices, verifying this result as an appropriate one.
Lot # 147 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupe; S/N WP0CA29875L001523; Black/Dark Grey leather; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,500,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,375,000 plus commission of 10.36%; Final Price $1,517,500. – 5,733/605hp, 6-speed, yellow calipers, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. – Represented with 5,280 miles. Small stone chips on the nose and hood, and the underbody shows minimal wear. The interior shows minimal wear as well. Three owners. Service and new tires in 2021. A Carrera GT exhibiting moderate miles. – Carrera GT prices have settled down a bit after their shocking surge upward in 2021-22 that saw record prices achieved every few weeks. This price is consistent with what others with similar mileage have brought at auction in recent months.
Lot # 149 1997 Acura Integra Type-R Hatchback; S/N JH4DC2312VS004280; Engine # 4300312; Championship White/Black cloth with Red stitching; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $151,200. – 1,797/195hp DOHC four, 5-speed, white alloy wheels, Bridgestone Potenza tires, factory CD stereo. Comes with original window sticker, manuals, jack, four keys, front bra and maintenance records. – Showing 6,220 miles from new. One of 320 US-market examples for 1997. All stock and very clean other than some oxidation on the brakes and some dirt underneath. – This is a record-setting price for the model. It bought a mint example of what many consider to be the best-handling front-wheel drive car of all time and one of the stars of Honda’s golden age of fun, peppy performance cars. Still, for this kind of money you could buy an almost equally nice NSX, so for this little car to bring such a price at a catalogue auction in Amelia Island really solidifies the Integra Type-R (aka “ITR”) as a true modern collector car and not just a Honda fanboy favorite.
Lot # 150 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG 6.0 Hammer 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N WDBEA30D5HA542559; Brown/Grey leather; Estimate $575,000 – $625,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $700,000 plus commission of 10.71%; Final Price $775,000. – 6 litre/400hp AMG “Hammer” upgraded at AMG North America in Westmont, IL, restoration work done at RENNtech in 2022 and fully documented from new right down to the AMG mechanics’ time sheets. – Good paint and body with no significant flaws. The engine compartment exhibits some minor oxidation on exposed metal parts and the underbody does exhibit minor oxidation. The interior does not show much wear. A very good, mostly original, pre-merger AMG. – 400hp from six litres today seems almost ordinary but in 1987 it was as good as it got and the cachet of the “AMG Hammer” reputation continues to this day and it will still humiliate most modern sedans in acceleration and handling. The price in this transaction is, however, demonstrably excessive. The successful bidder got bragging rights but at a nearly ruinous cost. Do not expect this result to be repeated.
Lot # 152 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Coupe; S/N DB4845R; Engine # 370911; Blue/Black leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Visually maintained, largely original 4- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $235,000. – RHD. 3,670/240hp, triple SU carburetors, 4-speed, wire wheels, dual Sebring mirrors, woodrim steering wheel, Radiomobile radio. – Factory updated triple carb engine and custom ordered paint. Reportedly recommissioned mechanically under previous ownership. Chipped, blistered paint. Grimy wheels. Cracking, ripped seats. Pitted bumpers. Rusty underneath and concerning bubbles in the paint at the bottom of the left door. Too far gone to really enjoy it as a patina special. Needs further restoration. – Reported sold at Broad Arrow’s Jim Taylor collection five months ago for $229,600 and not surprising to see it fail to sell here at a bid that would have left the seller underwater after paying the commission. It is not at all an attractive Aston, however, and any home it could find would be good.
Lot # 155 1968 Porsche 907 K Race Car; S/N 907025; Engine # 907025; White, Red, Yellow nose/Red; Estimate $4,500,000 – $5,500,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $4,000,000. – RHD. 2,196/278hp, flat-eight, 5-speed, Dunlop Racing tires, “kurzheck” (short tail) body. – Winner of the hard-fought 1968 Targa Florio with Vic Elford at the wheel, and that’s most of what matters here. Condition-wise, it has dings in the headlight covers, chips in the paint and aged wheels and tires, but it’s a piece of Porsche and motorsports history. Not bad to look at, either. – 8-cylinder Porsche 907s are exceedingly rare and the only one seen at auction before this was at Gooding Pebble Beach in 2014 with 907005, the langheck 1968 Daytona 24 Hours winner that sold for $3,630,000. Many would consider Vic Elford’s come from 18 minutes behind victory in 907025 to be one of racing’s greatest recoveries. Had this car sold it would have been, all-in, barely $800,000 more than 907005 nine years ago. Both wonderful flat-8 Porsches and both comparably valued.
Lot # 166 1991 BMW Z1 Convertible; S/N WBABA91000AL06826; Magic Violet/Gray Camo; Black top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $128,800. – 2,494/170hp, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, factory cassette. – Rare, attractive colors. Showing just 19 km, about 12 miles. Final year Z1. There is a 4-inch long straight crack in the bodywork to the right of the hood, which is unfortunate, because this car looks mostly new otherwise. – Unveiled at the 1987 Frankfurt show, BMW’s Z1 was and is a wild car. Its drivetrain (borrowed from the 325i) is conventional, but the removable composite body panels and camouflage-pattern seats are not, and the Z1’s signature doors are probably the most memorable feature. They retract right down into the bodywork, and you can drive with them down too for wind-up-your-sleeve motoring. Just 8,000 were produced and the model wasn’t sold here officially, but BMW fanatics have imported a decent number over the years. This one actually hasn’t been in the States long, since it sold for Euros 105,800 ($122,400 at the time) at the Bonhams Zoute sale in Belgium less than two years ago. This result in Amelia is similarly at the very top end of Z1 values, but given the mileage and the rare “Magic Violet” color (which sounds like it was named by a 70’s Mopar marketer), this is a top end example and a top end price for it.
Lot # 167 1956 Arnolt-Bristol Deluxe Roadster; S/N 404X3084; Engine # BS1MKII285; Silver, Blue stripe/Gray leather; Estimate $375,000 – $400,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $330,000. – 1,971/132hp, Weber 34 ICH carburetors, overdrive 4-speed, hub caps, aluminum radiator, clear bra on the nose. – Represented as the original engine. Very good paint. Clean engine and chassis. Slightly uneven panel fit. Clean interior. Solid restoration on this neat little Mille Miglia-eligible sports car. – Sold by RM at Elkhart in 2020 for $324,000 and no better for the passage of time, this isn’t an unreasonable offer for an original engine Arnolt-Bristol. Cataloged as “One of the most… beautiful sports cars of its generation”, the Arnolt-Bristol’s proportions emphasize the tall Bristol engine and abundant ground clearance (except for the muffler). Collectors’ appreciation of it hasn’t gotten any better in the last three years and the result here is realistic.
Lot # 168 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ95ZHS900051; Engine # 65H00162; Silver Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,000,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,550,000 plus commission of 10.32%; Final Price $1,710,000. – Upgraded by Canepa to their 600 hp, Stage 1 spec, 959 Sport suspension (Komfort suspension included in the sale). – A few minor stone chips to the hood on otherwise very good paint. The underbody and engine are in excellent condition. The interior exhibits light use but is well cared for. An very good example with matching numbers engine and tasteful upgrades. California smog legal. – There has never been a time when the Porsche 959 was not recognized as one of the most technically significant automobiles ever built and they have always been valuable. One might quibble about the 600hp engine tune and suspension upgrade but 959s served a developmental purpose at Porsche making these tweaks somewhat in character. The result here is consistent with other 959s with little if any premium for the Canepa mods.
Lot # 170 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 6.0 Coupe; S/N AMG12422325050; Nautical Blue Metallic/Blue leather; Estimate $750,000 – $850,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $800,000 plus commission of 10.63%; Final Price $885,000. – 6 litre/375hp V-8, automatic, believed to be an AMG Japan show car, sunroof, unique power Recaro bolstered seats, 17-inch modular wheels with body color centers, widebody panels. – Original paint, there is a chip to the grille finish, the engine has a slight patina to exposed metal bits, the same can be said for the underbody. The interior sports an original finish but is not excessively worn. An incredible AMG coupe highlighted by an AMG VIN. – Rare and probably, given the specifications and equipment, unique, a showpiece for any M-B collector and still a formidable car on the road. It is appropriately expensive.
Lot # 171 1995 Toyota Supra Mk IV Turbo Coupe; S/N JT164JA8000027190; Black/Ivory leather; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $150,000. – 2997/326hp, 6-speed, cassette. – Delivered new in Spain and showing 32,157 km (19,981 miles). Excellent paint and body. The engine compartment is immaculate and the interior is like new. Well-preserved and unmodified Mk IV Supra. – A European delivery twin-turbo Supra is probably less desirable than a similarly clean US-market or JDM example in the same condition, but the reported high bid here could have been taken.
Lot # 175 1964 Shelby Cobra 260 Roadster; S/N CSX2047; Red/Black leather; Estimate $800,000 – $875,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $750,000. – 260, 4-speed, wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, wind wings, Moto Lita woodrim steering wheel, Smiths gauges. – Reportedly used as a daily driver at the Miramar Naval Air Station. Original colors. Believed to be original engine. Good older paint. Large blemish on the left rear wheel. Lightly worn seats. Tidy underneath. A clean, honest early Cobra with the smallest V8, but it’s certainly not down on power. – This early, 260-powered Cobra sold for $577,000 at RM Sotheby’s Arizona in 2020, then got a repaint and other attention and sold for $728,250 at the Bonhams Audrain auction in 2021. With that sale as a reference, the reported high bid in Amelia seems fair.
Lot # 176 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210002840; Engine # 19898010002898; Fire Engine Red/Tan leather; Estimate $1,300,000 – $1,400,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,215,000 plus commission of 10.41%; Final Price $1,341,500. – 2,996/250hp, 4-speed, disc brakes, Becker Mexico radio, hardtop, luggage, Euro headlights, represented as numbers matching driveline. – Aged paint that exhibits a general hazing. Chips filled on the hood and minor cracking at the bottom of the windshield by the fender mirror. The chrome is slightly tarnished but not pitted. The engine has gone through a mechanical restoration and presents well and the underbody shows its originality. The interior is slightly worn in but not excessively so. An attractive 300SL with appropriate patina of an older repaint. – Based solely on condition and presentation this is a mediocre 300SL but its originality and mechanical condition brought it a moderately superior result. The bidders understood what they were getting and wrote an appropriate check for it.
Lot # 178 1991 Jaguar XJR-15 Coupe; S/N 044; Blue/Gray leather; Estimate $1,250,000 – $1,450,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,200,000. – 5,993/450hp V-12, 5-speed, OZ wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires, air conditioning. – One of 27 road cars. Showing 722 miles. Restorative and upgrade work done by Don Law in 2012 and a thorough service done in 2018. Good paint and clean wheels. Tidy, lightly aged interior. All windows are clear and bright and all exposed carbon looks good. – After a few high-profile sales of XJR-15s in the past couple of years, some collectors appear to have caught on to Jaguar’s ultra-rare Le Mans racer for the road and more have come up for sale. Some of the fanfare appears to have worn off, however, as neither this nor the car at RM Sotheby’s brought enthusiastic bidding. Technically this car has higher miles than the one at RM but presents significantly better. Since that car brought a $1.27M final price, holding out at the reported $1.2M high bid for this one seems reasonable even though it is only $50,000 below the pre-sale low estimate.
Lot # 179 1952 Daimler DB18 Special Sports Sport Convertible, Body by Hooper; S/N 53903; British Racing Green, Tan/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $212,800. – RHD. 2,522/85hp, 4-speed pre-selector gearbox, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, fender skirts, dual wing mirrors, power top, driving lights, original radio, dash clock, power windows. – Reportedly one of six DB18 chassis with this Hooper Drophead coachwork. Restored in 2017. Fully redone and nearly spotless engine. Beautiful paint. A few small smudges in the top. Very good, lightly worn interior. Not overdone but well done. Lovely open top British motoring even though neither Daimler cars nor Hooper coachwork are highly coveted here. – Sometimes Daimlers fly under the radar at auction, at least in this country. Despite being a favorite marque of the royals (Daimler actually had a Royal Warrant to provide cars to the monarchy until the 1950s), it doesn’t have the name recognition or badge prestige of the equivalent Rolls-Royce or Bentley. However, this car’s good looks as well as its exquisite, expensive and recent restoration were not lost on the Amelia bidders. The price is huge and well above its high estimate, but it would be probably impossible to find another DB18 configured this way in any condition, let alone one this clean.
Lot # 181 2002 Lotus Esprit V8 25th Anniversary Coupe; S/N SCCDC082X2HA10412; Arctic Silver Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $172,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $193,200. – 3,506/350hp V-8, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Dunlop SP Sport tires, AP Racing brakes, clear roof, aluminum shift knob, Alpine stereo, books and tools. – One of just 100 25th Anniversary cars for North America. Just 1,685 miles and clearly treated as collectible since new. No flaws to speak of, other than some unfortunate scratches from a license plate rubbing on the rear. – Somewhat undervalued compared to their peers but still appreciating, the late V8 Lotus Esprits are, at least at the top end, six-figure cars now. The Anniversary package added some premium here, but the car would have broken the $100k barrier even without it.
Lot # 184 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer; S/N OE180; Engine # OE180; Blue, Black fenders/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $475,000. – RHD. 4,225/112hp inline four, 4-speed, black wire wheels, dual sidemount spares, tonneau cover, radiator mascot, dash clock. – Documented history back to original owner. One of 313 OE-spec cars with the 112hp engine. Once owned by GM chief engineer Charles Chayne. Restored in 2018, now with older paint. Scrape on the badge. Decent but aged brightwork and top frame. Aged but good dash and leather. The world’s first 100mph sports car, in ideal touring condition. – The Vauxhall OE 30-98 is one of the least well known of Teens and Twenties British performance cars. It is also one of the best and most successful, good enough to be a featured display at Dr. Fred Simeone’s peerless museum in Philadelphia. With its documented ownership back to the original owner, Amy Walker, in the U.K., it has had the restoration it deserves and subsequently been used carefully as it also deserves. It was sold before restoration in marginal condition by RM at Meadow Brook in 2002 for $77,000 and it could have been sold here at the reported high bid without regret and with the satisfaction of two decades of rewarding ownership.
Lot # 187 1991 Venturi 111 Cup Coupe; S/N VK8CUP11191CH0019; Black/Tan leather; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $56,000. – 1,995/185hp Renault 21 turbo four, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Michelin MXX tires, wood shift knob, Momo Cobra steering wheel. – A 2-litre variant built for the heavily taxed Italian market with a Renault 21 4-cylinder engine. Showing 353 km that are represented as actual. Recently serviced. Good paint with small scratch near the left headlight door. Some oxidation on the brakes and mild dirt underneath. Lightly stretched seat bottoms but mostly great interior. A nifty, fast French oddball that you never see on our shores. Low mileage, but could be cleaner. – Virtually unknown in this country, French automaker Venturi had a real go of it in the 1980s and 1990s, building exotic cars for the road and track to compete with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari with the majority of its cars powered by the unlikeliest of mills – the PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) V6 – albeit in modified and turbocharged form. A Venturi is an unusual sight anywhere but this car is even more unusual. Given the Italian market’s rather punitive tax laws on automobiles over 2.0 liters, Venturi built the 111 Cup specifically for that country with all the looks of its faster models but with a smaller turbocharged Renault four-cylinder behind the driver. The market for Venturis in the United States is virtually nonexistent, but when you take the performance, fun and extreme exclusivity into consideration, how can this not be a great deal?
Lot # 188 1985 Ford RS200 Evolution Group B Coupe, Body by Ghia; S/N SFACXXBJ2CGL00070; White/Red Cloth; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $480,000 plus commission of 11.04%; Final Price $533,000. – 2,137/600hp, 5-speed, Sabelt harnesses, Pioneer radio, power steering. – Showing 514 kilometers (319 miles). There are two notable paint cracks at the front Ford logo, and there are also paint chips on the upper door jamb. The mechanicals show little deterioration and the interior shows no real use, however the dash cover is peeling at the air vents at the windshield base. A cool, preserved, low mile RS200. One of 200 built and just 24 done to Evo specs. – The RS200 was the world’s fastest accelerating production automobile when it was new, and the Evolution, of which only 24 were built, had a larger 2.1-liter engine and upgraded suspension and brakes. Setting a value on a rare version of an already rare rally homologation special isn’t always straightforward, but several others have sold in the neighborhood of half a million dollars. Including this one, which brought $522,500 at RM’s Amelia Island sale in 2016 and now has just 53 more km on its odometer, it is epic performance, unrealized in the past seven years and the condition deterioration, despite being preserved in an important collection, shows that there is a cost in age that can’t be avoided.
Lot # 189 1960 Lotus Elite Coupe; S/N 1081; Green, Yellow/Tan leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $72,800. – RHD. 1,216/75hp Climax FWE, MG 4-speed, painted wire wheels, Vredestein tires, woodrim steering wheel. – With one owner for 63 years. Decent paint in attractive colors and good chrome. Some paint is bubbling up on the Lotus badge. Lightly scratched window frames and mirrors. A few hammer marks on the wheels. Doors are a little difficult to close. Lightly worn interior, particularly the shifter and steering wheel. A used car, and both the RHD and the MG gearbox are less desirable, but this is still a lovely and honest little car. Easy to like. – The Elite was an important model that put Lotus on the road to legitimate carmaker instead of purveyor of kit cars and featherweight racers. The Elite’s unconventional and light but fragile structure is a fiberglass monocoque made of three fiberglass pieces with steel frame members and suspension pick-up points embedded in the fiberglass. Elites performed admirably at Le Mans, which suggests durability, but cracking in the fiberglass is a known issue. Thankfully, many Elites still on the road are solid and well cared for examples, and that’s what this one appears to be. It was appropriately discounted for its age, condition and configuration (RHD and MG 4-speed rather than the improved ZF box).
Lot # 190 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport Roadster, Body by Figoni; S/N 10814377; Engine # 10814377; White, Black fenders/Brown leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,500,000 – $2,000,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,150,000 plus commission of 10.43%; Final Price $1,270,000. – RHD. 1,752/85hp, 4-speed, white painted wire wheels, suicide doors, two rear-mounted spares, Marchal spotlight, Jaeger gauges, folding windshield. – A relatively rare Figoni-bodied 6C. Represented as matching numbers. French delivered with a few unique French language data plates. A few small scratches on the nose, some flaws on the interior wood trim. Lightly but visibly worn upholstery. Tidy underneath. A mostly solid older restoration of an attractive, quick and usable prewar Alfa that was judged 3rd in class at Pebble Beach in 2021. – Sold by Gooding & Company at Scottsdale in 2017 for $1,595,000, then offered by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2018 where it was reported bid to $1.4 million. Its condition is virtually unchanged since 2017, just a bit older but also well-maintained, and the result here is a disappointment for a pedigreed prewar Alfa even with the practical and comfortable Figoni coachwork.
Lot # 191 1994 Mazda RX-7 Coupe; S/N JM1FD3338R0302509; Montego Blue Mica/Tan leather; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $50,400. – 1,308/255hp sequential twin-turbo rotary, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, Bose stereo, sunroof, books, window sticker. – Clear coat is starting to deteriorate around the edges of the bumper at the headlights and there are small chips on the driver door edge. Paint issues are common on these cars. The engine compartment is extremely clean, but one of the headlight retention bolts has seen water leaking on it and has a rust stain around the area. The interior is moderately worn with some creasing on the seats. A 25,000-mile, stock third gen (RD) RX-7 showing some age. With the original owner until last year. Touring model with sunroof, rear window wiper, leather, and Bose audio. – Aside from its gorgeous rounded bodywork that is arguably one of the most attractive shapes of the ’90s, the third gen RX-7 moved the model upmarket with higher performance from its 13B-REW rotary and more convenience features. Fewer than 15,000 were sold here since it was expensive (especially for a Mazda) and complicated, and many of them have since lived the life of a track day toy or drift car. This one is impressive for its low miles and lack of abuse or mods, and it sold appropriately.
Lot # 194 1964 Porsche 356C Carrera 2 Coupe; S/N 127620; Engine # 97052; Light Ivory/Green with Brown corduroy inserts; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $425,000. – 1,966/130hp, 4-speed, hub caps, Vredestein tires, gold brightwork, woodrim steering wheel, Marchal driving lights. – One of 101 C models built as a Carrera. Original colors. Repaint and engine work last year. Not matching numbers with a (factory?) rebuilt engine from an earlier Carrera s/n 120262 reportedly rebuilt to 587/2 specs. Beautiful paint. Small scuff on right side rocker trim. Chrome flaking off the left front hub cap. Very good interior. High spec 356 in lovely colors and with some flaws. – Not surprisingly for a Carrera 2 that was both fast and challenging to maintain there have been many important changes in this car, changes that interject doubts in bidders’ minds. They hedged their bets when faced with this choice leaving the consignor disappointed. More history is unlikely to be developed and in its absence the reported high bid (or even the pre-sale estimates) is unlikely to be exceeded.
Lot # 203 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Coupe; S/N 77020134H; Engine # 13427; Orange/Beige cloth; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $67,200. – 1,973/160hp, 5-speed, Wolfrace alloy wheels, Dunlop SP Sport tires, wood shift knob, power windows, driving lights, original radio. – One of 459 Series I Esprits delivered to the US and likely one of the best ones. Showing 4,190 miles that are represented as actual. Well-preserved original gel coat orange finish with little age. Loose rubber around the bumpers. Aged wheels. Scratches on the engine cover. Well-preserved and very brown interior other than rips in the left door panel. Clean underbody, at least parts that are visible. An impressive example. – Early Esprits are infamously fragile cars, and they typically haven’t been given the same level of care as something like a Ferrari or Porsche from the same time period. This is an exceptional one and it stood out here, just as it stood out in Monterey back in 2018 when it sold for $106,400. That proved to be more of an outlier than a breakout sale, as S1 Esprit prices have appreciated since then but not more than the average ’70s exotic. This result in Amelia is a lot more representative of the Esprit market.
Lot # 207 1970 Austin Mini Cooper S MkII Police Car Sedan; S/N CA2SB1373557A; Glacier White, Blue graphics/Black vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $56,000. – RHD. 1,275/71hp, 4-speed, hub caps, lights, radio. – Originally used by the Liverpool police. Restoration finished in 2019. Represented as one of eight surviving examples of Liverpool’s original 27-car order in 1970. Paint and panel fit are good. The chrome is shiny like new, and the interior shows little wear. – This thing is a heck of a lot more charming than the Toyotas and Vauxhalls used by the rozzers today, and although police in Italy and Dubai use supercars as police chase vehicles, there can’t be many more fun ways to chase bad guys than in an original Mini Cooper S. Price-wise, this car brought roughly what a civilian 1275 Cooper S in this condition would bring in America, but with the police livery and equipment it has an extra layer of charm to it. Good buy.
Lot # 209 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Series VI Coupe; S/N B20S1676; Engine # B20N5240; Light Blue/Blue leather, Gray cloth; Estimate $200,000 – $240,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $201,600. – 2,451/110hp, floor shift 4-speed, hub caps and trim rings, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Jaeger gauges. – Restoration finished in 2020. Cracked Lancia badge and the grille bows out from the body a bit. Good paint and even gaps. Some paint coming off the script on the hub caps. Very good interior. Fresh restoration on a desirably configured Lancia but it misses on a few details. – Sold as a ratty project car at Bonhams Simeone Museum auction in 2014 for $62,700, and we’re glad to see it back in presentable, drivable condition. The chrome, body work and paint bills were surely steep and the mechanical attention it needed might have been even steeper, but it was all rewarded with this generous but fair price.
Lot # 212 1967 NSU Prinz 1000 TT 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 76010514; Orange/Brown; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Enthusiast restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $42,000. – 1,085/55hp rear-mounted four upgraded with dual Webers, 4-speed, Minilite-style wheels, Motorola radio, fog lights. – Budget repaint with thin spots in the drip rails. The bumpers, chrome and badges are all old and pitted. The interior has been reupholstered. A budget restoration of a quirky little car. – “Quirky” barely describes this Prinz with its early Corvair nose and BMW 2002-styled tail featuring an open engine cover reminiscent of Fiat Abarths of a decade before. But it went like hell, particularly with this upgraded engine likely making well more than the standard 55hp. NSU was the early proponent of Wankel rotary engines but this Prinz TT makes then look cheap, unreliable and complicated. It is not cheap, however, particularly with the budget “restoration”.