It seems weird, but posting this auction report a month after it happened is only part of the disruption in our lives over the past 30 days. So much has changed and Amelia, with its lighthearted, confident attitude, is so different from where we are in early April. It’s hard to concentrate even though Work From Home is what I’ve been doing for 30 years. Stay safe, keep relationships working through the internet and even (how decadent) placing a phone call or two to check in on friends, acquaintances and colleagues.
Gooding & Company featured the Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder s/n 0937GT, but it came up short even though it was bid to $8 million.
A collection of BMWs provided a distraction from Gooding’s usual Amelia Island array of Porsches. The 18 BMWs comprised 20.2% of the auction’s consignments, but the Porsches still were the marque of the sale with 22 of them amounting to 24.7% of the docket (not including the three RUFs). The BMW/Porsche combination was a dominating presence making up 44.9% of the docket.
There were few pre-war cars – the auction had only four that were built before Pearl Harbor – but somewhat surprisingly it was a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Phaeton that was the top sale of the auction at $2,205,000 all-in.
On the other hand, 27 of the cars in the auction (30.3%) were built since the turn of the century, a substantial shift in collecting patterns.
Here are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
On-site observations are by Rick Carey and Andrew Newton.
44 of the 89 cars in the auction are reported here and, in deference to the swarm of BMWs and Porsches, they are sotred by Marque, Model and Year.
Lot # 12 1960 AC Aceca Coupe; S/N AEX732; Engine # CLB2415; Red/Black leather; Estimate $130,000 – $160,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $95,200. – 1,991cc/102hp sohc AC engine, 3 SU carbs, Silver painted wire wheels, Michelin tires. – Represented as the numbers matching engine. Shiny paint with visible flaws, coverage oversights and shrinkage. The doors don’t close flush. The steering wheel rim is cracked at each of the three spokes. Window frame chrome is shadowed and the rear window is foggy. The engine compartment is orderly but old. Intriguing, but old and showing it. – What’s been learned over recent decades is that the old John Weller engine, originally laid out in 1919, is capable of exceptional performance. The late CLB series in this car is capable of holding its own with 100B-series 105hp Aceca-Bristols. The distinction wasn’t missed by the bidders in the Gooding marquee who paid serious money for this somewhat tired but beautiful car.
Lot # 3 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 2 + 2, Body by Bertone; S/N AR3023975; Silver/Black vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $31,360. – No-name radio, GTA-style alloy wheels, Michelin Agility tires, Alfa and Quadrifoglio badges on the front fenders. – Ashtray missing. SPICA injection, engine compartment detailed with a pressure washer. Sound old upholstery. Body filled behind the driver’s door. Just a car, and not very good at that. – The seller should be grateful for getting this much for a shaky old 2000 GTV.
Lot # 5 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Coupe; S/N ZARJA181980040079; Red Metallic/Tan leather; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $223,214 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $250,000. – 4,691cc/444hp fuel injected V8, 6-speed, Quadrifoglio badge, telephone dial alloy wheels, silver calipers, power windows, climate control, paddle shift, CD changer stereo, fitted luggage, original window sticker documented, owner’s manual, battery tender. – 900 miles and like new. – Twelve years old and just 900 miles: this car needs its battery tender to keep it from becoming a stationary lump. This post-block negotiated transaction is realistic.
Lot # 57 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, Body by Bertone; S/N AR385591; Dark Blue/Grey cloth, Blue vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $65,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $40,320. – Silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Michelin XAS tires, 5-speed, 1,570 engine, single 2-barrel Solex. Nardi woodrim steering wheel. – Sound but indifferent quality old paint with shrinkage at the hood corners, orange peel above the rain gutters and some masking misses. Good recent interior with a vinyl padded dashboard. Dull brightwork. The underbody and engine have been redone to touring standards. Tommy Trabue Collection. – The Bertone bodied Giulietta Sprints are taut, attractive little cars with willing engines and delightful handling made even better when upgraded to a Giulia engine. The engine swap won’t please concours judges, but it will please the new owner, as will the moderate price it brought even with the substandard paint job.
Lot # 53 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 149500305; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Competition restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $53,200. – 1,570cc/160hp engine, 5-speed, 8-spoke Performance alloy wheels, Hoosier tires, Cobra seat, braced driver’s roll bar, Plexiglas driver’s wind screen, 5-speed, no bumpers, fiberglass passenger’s seat cover, removable driver’s head fairing, fiberglass hood, 45DCOE Webers. – Built by Alfa as a 750 G “Monoposto” race car with strengthened chassis, lightweight bodywork, competition engine, passenger seat tonneau and driver’s windscreen but apparently equipped as a standard 750 F road car before its initial sale. Converted back to a competition car at some point with a race-prepared 1600cc engine and 5-speed. Sound but chipped old paint with numerous flaws and chips. Orderly but aged engine compartment and chassis. Tommy Trabue Collection. – It’s an intriguing history but by this point it’s just another Giulietta Spider with modern competition modifications and equipment. Even with that qualification, though, it’s a superb value at this price, impossible to duplicate for this much if the underlying car were free.
Lot # 24 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N AR149511327; Engine # AR0010601009; Black/Red leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $84,000. – 1,290cc/90hp, dual 40DCOE Webers, 5-speed, Pinin Farina radio blank plate, silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Michelin tires, T-3 headlights, headers. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Clean and correct engine compartment. The chassis and underbody are like new. The color scheme is original but no one is claiming that for the engine or the “period-correct” gearbox. – According to Luigi Fusi, the guru of Alfa numbers, the chassis number is appropriate for a 750-series Spider Normale while the engine is appropriate for a 101-series Veloce, meaning this is what Alfa people like to call an “Abnormale”. The bidders did their homework and paid a realistic price for its exceptional condition and mixed heritage.
Lot # 40 1986 Audi Sport Quattro Coupe, Body by Baur; S/N WAUZZZ85ZEA905058; Tornado Red/Gray leather, Black cloth; Estimate $550,000 – $700,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $420,000. – 2,133cc/306hp turbocharged 5-cylinder, 5-speed, white alloy wheels, Pirelli P7 Corsa tires, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette stereo, books, tools. – Represented as 34,117 believable miles from new. One of 10 imported to the U.S. when new as part of an Audi promotion around its participation in the Pikes Peak hillclimb. Mechanically restored and cosmetically prepared at Canepa in 2018. Very good paint that looks factory. A small crack in a hood vent is the only real flaw. Excellent interior with almost no wear or age aside from light wear on the front seats. The underbody is so clean that it looks restored. Significant mileage, but still a top notch example of Audi’s Group B homologation weapon. – Despite Gooding’s very ambitious presale estimate and despite the continued interest in Group B-era cars, only the best of the best Sport Quattros can realistically expect a half million dollar price. The reported high bid could reasonably have seen the car change hands.
Lot # 86 2011 BMW 1M Coupe; S/N WBSUR9C56BVT47785; Valencia Orange/Black leather; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $64,960. – 2679/335hp twin-turbo L6, 6-speed manual, heated front seats, Harman Kardon stereo, books, tools, original window sticker. – One-owner car. One of 740 1Ms sold in this country, finished in arguably the best color, and just 6,700 miles. Looks new. – The 1M has all the ingredients of a future collectible. Its combination of big, powerful engine and manual gearbox in a compact package appeals to enthusiasts, and production was both short-lived and limited in number. It carried a $47,000 base price when new, and quite a few have sold on Bring a Trailer over the past couple of years for around that number. This one, though, crossed a live auction block in a room full of deep-pocketed BMW fans who were more than willing to bid a bit ahead of the curve and for over Gooding’s presale estimate.
Lot # 72 1973 BMW 2002 Targa, Body by Baur; S/N 2795954; Dark Green Metallic/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $38,080. – 1,990cc/100hp, 2-barrel, 4-speed, alloy wheels, Firestone tires, later Blaupunkt digital cassette stereo. – One of 2,317 Baur Targas built on the 2002 platform, never originally sold in the US. Old respray with a few chips and touch ups. Dull brightwork and some light scratches on the bumpers. Some rips in the boot cover. Pitted door handles. Dry, cracked weather stripping. The seats are a little dirty and there is a rip in the left rear. Looks older restored underneath. Rare and inherently interesting, especially to BMW fans in this country, but in unremarkable condition. – As they say, when the top goes down, the price goes up. In this case way, way up. Baur Targa conversions, which found their way to later 3-Series in addition to the 2002, always get the attention of the BMW faithful, and there were many such people at Gooding this year given the huge group of rare Bimmers on offer. For reference, a regular round taillight 2002 in this condition is worth less than half this amount.
Lot # 68 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Sedan; S/N 4290164; White, M graphics/Black vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $112,000. – 1990/170hp, 4-speed, Cinturato tires, flares, pushbutton radio. – German market car. Restored from 2011-14 and came to the US in 2015. Clean, shiny paint and straight bodywork. Nearly spotless engine bay. Lovely restored interior. An ultimate spec 2002, restored to like new standards. – BMW’s first turbocharged production car and the first turbocharged road car anywhere since GM discontinued the Corvair, the 2002 Turbo delivers 40 more hp than the next sportiest 2002, and delivers it with notorious turbo lag. The lag is just part of the charm, as are the in-your-face graphics, and 2002 Turbos have soared in value over the past five years with the best examples now commanding six figures. Prices have settled somewhat since Gooding sold a remarkable unrestored Turbo here two years ago for $192,500, but this result still seems on the low side for such a clean car.
Lot # 80 1973 BMW 2002tii 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 2763156; Inka Orange/Black cloth; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $31,360. – 1,990cc/130hp four, 4-speed, Campagnolo wheels, Yokohama tires, dash clock, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aftermarket radio. – Last year of the round taillights. Seats from a newer car. Several minor touch ups on the hood and two big paint runs at the bottom of the nose. Otherwise good older repaint. Original bumpers. Lightly scratched window frames. The left body side trim is loose. Good interior, unrestored other than the replaced seats and radio. Looks older restored underneath. A top spec 2002 finished in one of the best colors. Lightly restored and done a while ago, likely before these shoebox Bimmers were worth much money. – And for a long time they really weren’t worth much money, but it’s not just the 2002 Turbos that have gained a following in recent years. This car is a good example. It sold for $19,250 at Fall Auburn in 2012 and doesn’t look to have had any major attention since then, but in 2020 about 30 grand for a driver-quality tii is about the going rate.
Lot # 6 1988 BMW 535i 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N WBADC7400J1717891; Bronzit Beige Metallic/Lima leather; Estimate $30,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $38,080. – BBS wheels, Pilot Super Sport tires, sunroof, 5-speed, factory cassette stereo, power seats, headlight washers, books, tools. – Showing 84,786 miles but pampered the whole way. Very clean bumpers that look new. Well kept, shiny original paint with some light chips on the front and a few light scratches on the doors. The interior looks like that on a car with a tenth of the miles. A very impressive classic yuppie-mobile. – As it should be, given the huge price. Then again, it’s probably one of the cleanest non-M5 E28 5-Series cars around despite its odometer reading. It even sold for 50 grand on Bring a Trailer back in 2017. The trouble is that it looks like every other clapped-out 182hp 535i out there and only a few BMW fans will appreciate its preservation.
Lot # 91 1971 BMW Bavaria 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 2150658; Engine # 2150658; Red/Black; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $10,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $11,200. – 2,494cc/170hp, automatic, wheel covers, woodrim steering wheel, AM/FM radio, dash clock, books, tools, jack. – Bought out of single family ownership and long-term storage in 2018 and represented as the original engine which was rebuilt last year. The body was resprayed at some point but otherwise is largely original. Uneven fit on the trunk lid. The wheel covers are beat up and dented. They almost look like someone hammered them into place. Clean, well-kept interior with light general age and wear. Some red overspray underneath. The underbody is unrestored but maintained without major oxidation or any rust. There aren’t many Bavarias to be found anywhere so this one, while flawed, is nevertheless somewhat impressive. – The Bavaria is an important model in BMW’s history as it progressed into 6-cylinder family sedans with sporting flair and presentation with a focus on larger markets. Not that anyone much cares, which shows in the result for this well-preserved (if sloppily repainted) long-term single family owned example. The automatic earns it no points, but it is representative of a new direction for BMW and it brought healthy price based upon its history and solid preservation.
Lot # 74 2001 BMW M Roadster; S/N WBSCL934X1LJ80104; Laguna Seca Blue/Gray, Black leather; Estimate $45,000 – $55,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $36,960. – 3,246/315hp S54 engine, 5-speed, Pilot Super Sport tires, factory CD stereo, books, window sticker, hardtop, boot cover. – Represented as a two-owner car with 29,000 miles. Numerous but light chips on the nose and the hood. Light scratching on the boot cover. Otherwise sound original paint. Negligible wrinkling on the seats and otherwise excellent interior. There are small niggles, but it’s a lovely car in the best color, reportedly one of just 78 so finished. – While both the Z3-based M Roadster and M Coupe are rare and quick little cars, the “clown shoe” M Coupe has gotten the lion’s share of attention from collectors and enthusiasts. It’s not unheard of for a coupe to demand twice as much as a roadster. This one’s colors, options and clean presentation brought it a top-of-the-market result, but a 7,000-mile M Coupe sold earlier in the day brought $58,240.
Lot # 8 2001 BMW M Coupe Hatchback; S/N WBSCN93401LK60313; Titanium Silver Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $58,240. – 3,246cc/315hp S54, 5-speed, Pilot Sport tires, glass roof, books, tools, Mobility Kit. – 7,000 miles and like new other than a chip on the nose. No visible age to the interior. New tires. Recently serviced at Enthusiast Auto Group. A collector-grade example. – Other M Coupes with more miles have sold for more than this, but after a few price guide-breaking results over the past couple of years these cars seem to be settling down a bit to a more realistic level. This is a fair result, although it might have brought more had it been finished in a more exciting color.
Lot # 71 1988 BMW M3 Coupe; S/N WBSAK0305J2196333; Diamond Black Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $100,000 – $130,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $112,000. – 2,302cc/192hp twin cam four, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Goodyear Eagle tires, sunroof, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette stereo, roof-mounted antenna. – Minor chips in the air dam but mostly very good seemingly original paint. Well-kept interior with wear that matches the 17,998 miles showing and represented as from-new. Clean wheels. Newer tires, tidy underneath. A straightforward, lightly used E30 M3 with reassuringly low miles but not so low miles that you’d feel guilty actually enjoying it. – Although first generation E30 M3s are no longer appreciating and have even gone down a bit in price lately, they’re still highly sought after cars and the best ones still command six-figures. This one crossed the block in front of the ideal crowd of deep-pocketed buyers also there to check out the other collectible BMWs on offer and it rang the bell with this result.
Lot # 79 2002 BMW M3 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N WBSBL934X2JR16628; Laguna Seca Blue/Gray leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $61,600. – 3,246/333hp, 6-speed, black alloy wheels, Continental tires, Harman Kardon stereo, sunroof delete, bi-xenon headlights, books, tools, Motorola StarTAC mobile phone, window sticker copy. – Some light chips on the nose and two small scratches on the hood, but otherwise fantastic original paint in Laguna Seca Blue, which is hands down the best color. No wear to speak of in the interior. Original brakes that are showing their age. Represented with 19,608 miles, which is reassuringly low but also could be driven without feeling guilty. A mostly excellent E46 M3 that has been lightly driven and treated well its whole life. – The third generation (E46) M3 is perhaps the cleanest looking of the series. The E90 that replaced it is also bigger, heavier and less of a driver’s car. That draws enthusiasts to the earlier cars, and E46s have been getting pricier for a couple of years now. This result is massive and ahead of the curve, nearly what the car cost new with inflation taken into account. It’s also worth noting that colors can make a big difference in some cases and this is one of them.
Lot # 26 2002 BMW M5 Sedan; S/N WBSDE93402CF91563; Titanium Silver/Black leather; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $62,720. – 4,941/394hp, 6-speed, M wheels, Pilot Super Sport tires, sunroof, wood dash and console trim, books, tools. – One-owner car with 22,000 miles but looks like a car with a tenth of that. Recently serviced. A handful of tiny chips throughout, but they’re easy to ignore. Clean underneath. No serious wear to the interior. A very good example. – The third generation (E39) M5 was the first with a V8 and arguably the best-looking. No longer just used sports sedans, they’re increasingly coveted by BMW fans drawn to the balanced chassis, balanced styling, and combination of naturally aspirated engine with manual gearbox (rare these days) in a comfortable sedan platform. This one didn’t quite equal its original MSRP of 70 grand, but it definitely wouldn’t have sold for this much only a couple of years ago. Mothballed delivery-mile M5s, meanwhile, are already seriously collectible. Gooding even sold a 500-mile car in Pebble Beach two years ago for $176,000.
Lot # 21 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 05020; Rosso Cordoba/Sand leather; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $270,000. – Cromodora alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Borletti air conditioning, Becker Mexico cassette stereo, power windows, tool roll, jack, owner’s manual and folio. – Excellent clearcoat repaint and chrome. Surface creased original upholstery. Cheap plastic rear reflector housings with peeling chrome. Excellent panel fits and even gaps. Known ownership history and showing 35,056 believable miles on the odometer. – An excellent and unusual color and a reassuring history are not sufficient to make this offer anything other than reasonable and realistic. It should have been enough to separate the car from its owner and is an opportunity squandered.
Lot # 43 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 0937GT; Engine # 0937 GT; Deep Red, Deep Red hardtop/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $9,000,000 – $11,000,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $8,000,000. – Chrome spoke Borrani RW3264 wire wheels, Michelin Pilote X tires, factory hardtop, Marchal fog lights in grille, covered headlights, two tops, books, tool roll, engine internal number 0276C – Good paint, chrome and interior. Underbody isn’t fresh and has some incipient oxidation around some bolt heads but otherwise is more indicative of age than of much use. It will be essentially like new with some detailing. Pebble Beach history, Cavallino Platinum award and Judges’ Cup. Ferrari Classiche certified (despite its Abarth exhaust.) – This Cal Spyder’s odometer shows 9,551 more kilometers today than it did when sold by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach in 2009 for $2,750,000. The seller has gotten good value from it including the California Mille and Colorado Grand, something that most Cal Spyders don’t experience, and a healthy appreciation over the past eleven years. The seller’s enthusiastic use of this Cal Spyder should be celebrated when so often cars like this are garage queens, although this may turn out to be a missed opportunity, even at a million dollars under the low estimate.
Lot # 11 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta Convertible; S/N ZFF78VHA4F0214842; Yellow, White, Blue stripes/Dark Blue Alcantara, Yellow mesh inserts; Estimate $425,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Reserve; Hammered Sold at $590,000 plus commission of 10.85%; Final Price $654,000. – Assembly No. 132929. Blue carbon fiber trim inside and out including the manettino steering wheel, SF shields, matte grey 5-spoke alloy wheels, Blue calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, paddle shift, chipguard wrapped, front end lift, titanium exhaust, car cover, battery maintainer. – 1,000 miles and like new. Serviced in January. – There is no accounting for this result except that two people just had to have it and waged a bidding war into uncharted territory. The successful (if “successful” is what to call it) bid is more than full retail for a comparable 599 SA. On the other hand the Blue carbon fiber throughout is fabulously entrancing, a visual symphony that is fascinating, but even that is not enough to make this result anything other than expensive.
Lot # 70 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFF83CLA3J0235933; Giallo Triplo Strato/Black leather, Yellow stripes; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $295,000 plus commission of 11.69%; Final Price $329,500. – Black alloy wheels, 20-inch PZero tires, Yellow calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, exterior chipguard, SF shields, Yellow tach face, carbon fiber driver zone, yellow interior accents, the list goes on totaling $31,000 in options. – 1,213 miles, unblemished upholstery. It might as well be new. – The MSRP on this lavishly equipped and optioned 812 Superfast would have been about $375,000 but depreciation has in only two years and 1,213 miles carved a huge chunk out of it, a fact recognized in Gooding’s pre-sale estimate range. The new owner got a showroom condition Ferrari V12 for a realistic market price.
Lot # 23 2016 Ferrari F12tdf Berlinetta; S/N ZFF81BFAXG0218583; Triple Layer Yellow, Matte Black stripe, Green and Red borders/Black Alcantara, yellow stripes; Estimate $750,000 – $800,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $660,000 plus commission of 10.76%; Final Price $731,000. – Yellow calipers and tach face, carbon ceramic brakes, SF shields, matte black alloy wheels, PZero tires, carbon fiber interior and exterior trim, chipguard wrapped. – 700 miles and like new. – With all the options and special features this F12tdf berlinetta probably cost (well) over $600,000 new. Retail prices are all over the lot with some asking seven figures. The problem is that there’s no shortage of them on the market and most have similar miles to this one. The seller here probably came out close to whole even after the seller’s commission and wisely chose the money in the face of a shaky market.
Lot # 85 2009 Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M Convertible, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFKW66AX90167474; Rosso Corsa, Anthracite Metallic stripe/Black Alcantara, cloth inserts; Estimate $250,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $230,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $257,600. – Red calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, matte grey alloy wheels, PZero tires, SF shields, Red tach face, climate control, carbon fiber interior trim, outside mirrors, roll hoops and rear facia. Assembly No. 85586 – The headlight covers are starting to fog up and there are a few nose stone chips. The interior is unmarked. One owner, 5,139 miles from new. – Coming down fast in depreciation, this was a good time to sell and pass the next tranche of depreciation on to a new owner who bought at a modest but realistic price in this transaction.
Lot # 7 1990 Ferrari Testarossa Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFSG17A1L008476; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $103,040. – Air conditioning, power windows, 5-spoke alloy wheels, BFG g-Force tires, Assembly No. 01682, owner’s manual, jack and lug wrench. – Very good original paint with one or two carefully touched up nose stone chips. Lightly stretched but not scuffed upholstery. Clean engine compartment. Not quite like new but close. – Testarossas have rather fallen off collectors’ wish lists in recent years but they are comfortable, fast, good-handling GTs that offer the Ferrari experience at less than the price of a recent 488 or 599. This is a representative result for a quality, well-maintained example and both the buyer and the sell should be satisfied with the outcome.
Lot # 87 1958 Fiat 600 Multipla Sedan; S/N 10018042813; Light Blue, White roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $51,520. – 633cc/25hp, 4-speed, hub caps. – Good paint for the most part, but it is too thin on the pillars and there are a few rub through spots on the rear. Straight bodywork with even gaps. Good interior with newer upholstery and repainted dash and steering wheel. Dull chrome. Largely restored underneath. Redone to microcar standards and has plenty of charm. Ugly and cute at the same time. – The “snuffaluffagus” of collectible cars, albeit without the fictional animal’s trunk and fur, there is something cuddly about the multi-purpose Multipla that makes people want to adopt it, nowhere more clear than in this generous result. Put four people in it and the 25hp will be readily apparent, but others will want to have their pictures taken with it. It is expensive at this price.
Lot # 64 1964 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 0114; Dark Blue/Tan leather; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $390,000 plus commission of 11.28%; Final Price $434,000. – 3,464cc/270hp V12, six Webers, 5-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli P4000 tires, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood shift knob, power windows, fog lights, alloy body. – One of 130 examples of the original Lamborghini. Single ownership for 43 years. Tired original chrome. Dull older paint with light detail scratching and a faded finish. Crack on the nose. Lots of money spent on the engine, though. It looks clean and ready to go. Light wear to the steering wheel. The leather looks way too good to be original, and it isn’t original. Unrestored underneath. Never fully restored but not totally original, either. Proceeds to charity. – Cataloged as a steel-bodied car, the saleroom notices revealed that it is alloy bodied, not that it made much difference to the bidders who paid a price that was sufficient for a clapped-out 350 GT and got a sound car with $90,000 in mechanical service completed just last year. In other words, this is a significant bargain.
Lot # 29 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4 Roadster; S/N ZHWUZ5ZD3HLA06826; Light Blue, Dark Blue/Black suede, Light Blue stitching; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,600,000. – 6,498cc/759hp V12, 7-speed paddle shift, carbon fiber wheels, P Zero tires, carbon interior trim. – One of 20 Centenarios (based on the Aventador) built to commemorate Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday. Just 665 miles and still new. An absolutely outrageous and in-your-face look-at-me-mobile, which is exactly what a limited-production Lambo should be. – An extremely rare car, the Centenario will surely be sought after by collectors with an affinity for Lamborghini in the future. Not yet, apparently, as the reported high bid fell well under the $2M it took to buy the Centenario originally.
Lot # 34 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Berlinetta, Body by Bertone; S/N 4109; Engine # 30393; Cherry Red/Blue leather; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,800,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.38%; Final Price $1,435,000. – Centerlock alloy wheels, Pirelli tires, power windows, Becker AM/FM, roof mount antenna. – 3-owner car, 17,512 miles, and the worst factory paint I can recall seeing. Flaws everywhere. Good original interior and chrome. Represented as original throughout and thoroughly documented from new. – Had this Miura S been restored or even repainted at some point in its history then presented as it was here it would be a million dollar car but its originality and low miles elevated its value in the perception of the Gooding & Company bidders by something like a third to this ambitious result. The premium is understandable for a car that will contest for Preservation awards while being used just enough that it can be driven with some serenity that a stone chip or bird strike won’t harm its appeal and value.
Lot # 49 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spider, Body by Ghia; S/N AM115S491273; Engine # AM115S491273; Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $900,000 – $1,100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $680,000 plus commission of 10.74%; Final Price $753,000. – 4,930cc/335hp, 5-speed, centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot CX tires, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Originally Oro Longchamps over Marrone, U.S. delivered through Bob Grossman. Indifferent quality old repaint. Decent chrome and very good newer upholstery. The underbody is original and looks like it. So is the engine compartment. A cosmetically redone used car, but solid and a terrific basis for restoration. – This is a highly desirable Ghibli Spider let down by its condition and obvious need for major work. It would be great to give it a thorough service and fluid change, then drive it for a while before embarking on the inevitable restoration, a plan that is eminently practical and reasonable at this price.
Lot # 37 1966 Maserati Quattroporte SII 4-dr. Sedan, Body by Vignale; S/N AM1071084; Engine # AM1071084; Dark Blue/Black leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $44,800. – 4136/260hp, four Webers, 5-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, narrow whitewalls, woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob, later cassette stereo, dash clock, Smiths gauges, power windows, air conditioning. – Tired, scratched chrome, and there are a few dents in the front bumper. An older repaint that looks fine from a distance but has several scratches, orange peel on the rear, and severe blistering on the right rear door and above the right front wheel. Light pitting on the wheels and door handles. Dry weather stripping. The dash and gauges look great, but the leather is dry and cracked. Some of the switchgear is worn as well. Maintained underneath, but a bit grubby. Mostly original and reasonably well kept. A rarely seen example of one of Maserati’s first four-doors. – Classic Maseratis typically represent a good value as far as large classic Italian performance cars go, Quattroportes even more so. The Frua-penned body is attractive even if it isn’t staggeringly beautiful, and there is a quad-cam V-8 under the hood, plus room for a few friends in the interior and a manual shift 5-speed instead of the Chrysler TorqueFlite automatics that were standard in the next QP series. And yet less than 50 grand isn’t out of the ordinary for a driver-quality QP like this.
Lot # 36 2019 McLaren Senna Coupe; S/N SBM15ACA1KW800247; Amethyst Black Carbon/Black; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,200,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $885,000 plus commission of 10.56%; Final Price $978,500. – 3994/789hp twin-turbo V8, special order Amethyst Black carbon fiber finish, window sticker. – One of 500 Sennas. 88 miles. Barely a year old. – The special-order “Visual Carbon Fiber” finish on this car alone reportedly cost $248,000, enough to buy a brand new Bentley Continental GT with some options. According to Gooding & Company, all the options brought the total cost of this Senna to $1,339,306, up from the car’s MSRP of $959,000 (within about 2 percent of what it sold for here in Amelia). Since hitting the auction circuit, a couple of Sennas have sold in the $1.4M range and several more have failed to meet reserve, while the most recent sale was in Scottsdale for $946,000. The initial buzz seems to have worn off. If the owner of this one was going to take such a big haircut here, we can’t help but think he or she should’ve actually taken it to the track and had some fun with the thing first.
Lot # 61 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 1980427500094; Engine # 1989807500108; White Gray, Brown hardtop/Red leather; Tan top; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,300,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $900,000 plus commission of 10.56%; Final Price $995,000. – Hub caps, leather straps for the hood, factory hardtop, roll bar, Halda Speedpilot, Tapley meter (known to readers of R&T decades ago, a rudimentary g-meter), Heuer Autavia chronometer and Sufft altimeter in a custom panel, short shifter, dash clock, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Marchal driving lights, metal passenger’s tonneau cover, books, tools, jack. – Built for Princess Ashraf ol-Malouk Pahlavi of Iran (the Shah’s twin sister) with special order paint in Perlgrau (Pearl Grey), although it currently wears an old Weissgrau (White Grey) respray. Next owned by aviation pioneer Thomas Foster Hamilton, who kitted it out for rallies. Represented as the original engine. Original chrome with significant pitting. Thick old repaint with orange peel. Paint chipping off the wheels. Original interior. The leather is sound for the most part other than a large tear on the driver’s side. Unrestored but tidy and maintained underneath with a tidy, complete and correct original engine bay. Largely original and with a neat history, which offsets the disappointing paint job. – Of the three 300SL Roadsters in Amelia this year, this car was the most original and the most interesting, although its rally bits may not be to everyone’s taste. All three cars brought modest prices, with RM’s bringing $758,500 and Bonhams’ selling for $1,028,000. This one fell in the middle, but given the cool history and extra goodies like the Heuer Autavia chronometer, it was the best buy.
Lot # 56 1961 Porsche 356B Super Coupe, Body by Beutler; S/N 13031; Engine # 85172; White, Blue roof/Red leather; Estimate $400,000 – $600,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $355,000 plus commission of 11.41%; Final Price $395,500. – Chromed steel wheels, gold brightwork, tools. – One of five 356 Bs bodied by Beutler. High quality paint in its original colors. Shiny, clean brightwork. Excellent other than the headliner not quite fitting at the back. First restored after light damage from a garage fire in 2007 and it still looks fresh. Rare, interesting, and a show-quality restoration. Tommy Trabue Collection. – The Beutler brothers of Thun, Switzerland built several bodies on the Porsche 356 platform, including a very attractive one-off aluminum cabriolet called the “Pur Sang.” This more conservative coupe, on the other hand, isn’t their best work and most would call the standard 356 coupe a prettier car. It looks like a BMW 503 with a Porsche nose. Any Beutler-bodied car is a rare quirk for Porschephiles, though, and a standard car in the same condition likely would have sold for half this amount.
Lot # 39 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe; S/N WP0AB2A99GS123124; Club Blau/Black leather, Alcantara inserts; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $145,600. – 3,800cc/430hp, 7-speed manual, P Zero tires, sunroof delete, red calipers, window sticker. – One of 60 cars sold only to PCA members, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the club. Just 30 miles. Still new. – This price is certainly more than an ordinary 2016 Carrera GTS, but that makes sense. The only other concrete sale of note for one of these nifty Club Coupes is a 7,000-mile car sold on Bring a Trailer for 10 grand less than this result, which also makes sense.
Lot # 25 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZTS390508; Engine # 63S86113; Speed Yellow/Black, Gray leather; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $325,000 plus commission of 11.54%; Final Price $362,500. – Yellow modular wheels, red calipers, whale tail, yellow seat belts and door pulls, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, air conditioning, power windows. – Imported under show and display in 2018. Represented as 22,590 km from new. Numerous paint chips on the nose but the finish is well kept. Clean wheels. Very light wrinkling to the seats. Loud colors, lightly driven, and a highly desirable limited-production, high-performance model 911. – Showing 967 additional km since 2018, when it sold for $390,000 at RM’s Porsche 70th Anniversary auction. While Gooding & Company isn’t an all-Porsche auction like that one, it is certainly Porsche-heavy and it brought the right people into the room. This is another realistic result.
Lot # 60 1973 Porsche 911E 2.4 Coupe; S/N 9113200611; Engine # 6230830; Tangerine/Brown leather; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $123,200. – 2341/157hp, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, Michelin XZX tires, power sunroof, fog lights, front oil cooler, air conditioning, pushbutton AM/FM radio. – Represented as the original engine and with rare options. Very good paint in the original color. Clean wheels, tires and brakes. Restored interior. Fully redone in 2013, before the 911 boom, but still had a lot of money spent on it and is still gorgeous. Tommy Trabue Collection. – This car ticks the right boxes with sought after colors and desirable options and even though the 911 E was a mid-range model (between the T and the S) the really good examples can crack six figures. All things considered, it’s a spot-on result.
Lot # 58 1966 Porsche 912 Coupe; S/N 459424; Engine # 751782; Light Ivory/Black leatherette; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $48,160. – 1582/90hp, 5-speed, steel wheels, Kelly tires, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, books, tools, spare. – Represented as a two-owner car. Mostly good repaint with orange peel around the drip rails. Dull but presentable exterior plastic. Heavily pitted hood vents. Small dent in the left headlight bezel. All original interior with flat seats but very sound upholstery. The gauge bezels have some pitting and slight fading on the faces, but nothing terrible. Tidy and maintained underneath. Never restored because it never needed to be and, at least up until recently, wasn’t worth enough money. Tommy Trabue Collection. – The result here is generous, but this 912’s history of limited ownership and good care are worth a premium at least as large as 10% or so that it brought here. The 912s have long been overlooked but as 911 values have taken off they are appreciated both for their style and the entre they provide for Porsche events. This is a good one, and it brought no more or less than it deserved.
Lot # 59 1971 Porsche 914 Targa; S/N 4712914147; Continental Orange, Black roof panel/Black cloth; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Modified for competition during restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $44,800. – 1,991cc 911 engine, race-prepared and estimated at 180hp, 5-speed, limited slip differential, transmission cooler, Corbeau seat, G-Force 5-point belts, Fuchs wheels, Hoosier tires, leather rim removable steering wheel, roll cage, fuel cell. – Gutted and stripped, prepared for racing as a coupe, targa or roadster. Decent paint (for a race car.) Orderly interior and engine compartment to businesslike, not show, standards. Comes with a cutdown lightweight windshield. Sound and professionally prepared but showing age. Tommy Trabue Collection. – A standard 914 upgraded to 914/6 GT specifications, this is a serious race car done to professional standards and bought for far less than the cost of its modifications and preparation. Not particularly pleasing to a Porsche fanatic, but eye-opening to a racer.
Lot # 67 1976 Porsche 934 Race Car; S/N 9306700151; Engine # 6762002; India Red/Black cloth; Estimate $1,250,000 – $1,600,000; Competition restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.40%; Final Price $1,380,000. – 2996/485hp, 4-speed, gold BBS wheels, slick tires, flares, whale tail, roll cage. – The first production 934, one of 31 built, and regularly raced from 1976-79 at the Nürburgring, Hockenheim, Zolder and others, often as a rent-a-racer, unusually never significantly damaged. It also finished third in class and 19th overall at Le Mans in 1979. Restored in the mid-2000s. Shiny, still fresh-looking paint with some orange peel and a clean interior. Tidy and restored underneath. The wheel locks have marks on them. Restored to new, as raced condition and eligible for all sorts of great racing events. – While not as hardcore as the 935, the 934 is another seriously fast 911-based FIA racer from a period when Porsche was the dominant force in sports car racing. Gooding sold another 934 with North American racing history here two years ago for $1.32M. This one’s run at Le Mans and its status as the first one built and its quality presentation nudged it past that number to a new record price for the model.
Lot # 22 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Roadster; S/N WP0CC2A85GS152908; Gulf Blue/Black leather, houndstooth cloth; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $106,400. – Special order paint, yellow calipers, P Zero tires, 6-speed, special order lightweight specs, ceramic composite brakes, suede steering wheel, radio and A/C delete, window sticker. – Tons of special order features and just 50 miles. This color looks so fantastic on this car that it makes you wonder why Porsche doesn’t offer it normally. Still a new car. – Even though the Boxster is an entry-level Porsche, the lightweight Boxster Spyder started at $82,100 when new, and someone clearly splurged on this one given all the extra goodies and special paint. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if it cost more than the price seen here to get it out the door back in 2016. The new owner will have to make a choice between continued preservation or simply enjoying a very special car. Either way it’s a sound buy at this price.
Lot # 45 2009 RUF CTR3 Coupe; S/N W09BM0389APR06006; Engine # CTR38004; Guards Red/Black leather, suede; Estimate $800,000 – $1,000,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $730,000 plus commission of 10.68%; Final Price $808,000. – 3746/754hp twin-turbo six, mid-engine, 6-speed, cross-drilled carbon brakes, tinted glass, suede steering wheel, aluminum shift knob. – One of 30 CTR3s and one of two in Guards Red. Represented with three owners and 4,600 miles from new. And is still new condition-wise other than a tiny touch up on the nose. – It shares components with the Porsche 997 and has classic Porsche styling cues, but the RUF CTR3 isn’t just a hotted up 911. Far from it. It has its own chassis, a mid-engine layout, and Kevlar-carbon body panels, and that’s before we get to the 754-hp engine. The market for these bespoke hypercars is small, but RUF is regarded more as a manufacturer in its own right, not as a back-alley tuner, and its cars are collectible. Another CTR3 sold in Monterey in 2018 for $650,000 and a then-new, improved CTR3 Clubsport model sold in Monaco the same year for $1.28M, which makes this barely used CTR3 look realistically priced.
Lot # 69 1998 RUF Turbo R Coupe; S/N W09BD0360WPR06019; Oak Green Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $575,000 – $725,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $610,000 plus commission of 10.82%; Final Price $676,000. – 3608/520hp, 6-speed, RUF wheels and brakes, yellow calipers, Pilot Super Sport tires, sunroof, CD stereo. – One of 14 built and reportedly one of only four with all-wheel drive. Ordered new by Dr. Ferdinand Oliver Porsche (Ferdinand’s great grandson). Reasonably well kept paint in gorgeous Oak Green, but there are quite a few chips on the nose, mirrors and sunroof. Clean wheels. Tidy underneath. Clean interior with wear to the leather that matches the 36,233 miles showing. Rare, fast and gorgeous. Used, but lightly. – Values for older tuned cars, even from well-known marques like RUF, isn’t easy to pin down, but this 993-based RUF sold for $626,500 at Bonhams Amelia last year. This is another sensible result that takes the rarity, performance and Porsche family connection into account.
Lot # 89 1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible, Body by Karmann; S/N 1592036957; Alpine White/White vinyl; Beige vinyl top; Estimate $60,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $42,560. – Narrow whitewalls, woodgrain dash, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, Bosch fog lights. – Two-owner California car from the last year of Beetle convertible production. Just 243 miles. It has almost never been driven, but it was always stored carefully. The top is tight-fitting, clean and looks nearly new. Excellent well-kept original paint. Excellent interior. The only real sign of age on this car is light surface rust poking through in a few spots on the wheels. This car is 40 years old, but aside from the wheels it looks about 40 days old. – Quite a few final-year Beetle convertibles were stored away as instant collectibles, so this one’s preservation isn’t as impressive as it might seem at first. It is impressive, though, and really clean ’79 Beetles are quite collectible. This one sold for $44,000 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas last year, has just 25 more miles on its odometer now than it did then and brought a similarly appropriate result here. It was reportedly bid to $47,000 at Mecum Kissimmee two months ago, but it was time to let it go here at Amelia.