There was something for [almost] everyone in RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction. The only category missing was American Muscle Cars, and of that category we’ve had plenty in Kissimmee and Scottsdale.
Notable were a varied assortment of classics. Some of them were in in concours condition with some of the finest coachwork of the era, but several were more mundane with older restorations that were ideal entry-level classics for collectors on a budget with the desire to gain the classic experience.
RM had a dozen cars bid to a million dollars or more of which eleven sold for a total of $26,515,000. They spanned the categories from the sale’s top lot 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria that brought $4,130,000 through a pair of 300SLs, a Cunningham C-3 cabriolet and a pair of Bugatti Chirons to state of the art supercars including a McLaren Speedtail and a LaFerrari.
The auction ballroom was heavily populated mostly throughout the sale, even (as noted below) turning in a strong result on the last car of the day.
But as with the other auctions and the concours crowd on Sunday, the atmosphere was the important part. It was like a palpable exhale of relief. For the survivors of Covid, optimism prevailed and, y’know, why not try something new or buy the car that’s always been an itch?
Here are the numbers:
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50 of the 87 lots offered are described here by Rick Carey, Andrew Newton and Greg Ingold. They are sorted in lot number order.
Lot # 109 1958 Jaguar XK 150S 3.4 Roadster; S/N T831689DN; Engine # VS1442-9; Indigo Blue/Biscuit leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 11.85%; Final Price $302,000. – 3,442/250hp, 4-speed with overdrive, aluminum radiator, chrome wire wheels, Avon tires, Lucas driving lights, tools, spare. – Represented as matching numbers. Disassembled and stored from the early 1970s until the 2010s, then received a restoration finished last year. Driven about 400 miles since. Engine built with forged pistons, Isky cams, and stainless exhaust. Fresh paint and chrome, but there is some orange peel at the top of the driver’s door. There are holes drilled for wing mirrors but the mirrors themselves are nowhere to be seen. Looks nearly spotless underneath and the gaps are good. The interior is also just about perfect. A recently finished car that misses on a few key details. – An extraordinary example that survived years partially assembled without losing its identity but is priced like a 3.8 liter S in this transaction.
Lot # 110 1968 Iso Grifo GL Series I Coupe; S/N GL840212; Engine # 1087; Silver/Beige leather; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $270,000. – 327/300hp Corvette V-8, 4-speed, Borrani centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, woodrim steering wheel, Becker Europa II radio. – Formerly in the Elkhart collection and the Sam and Emily Mann collection. The paint is a little gloppy around the grilles on the B-pillar. Scratches in the badge. Tired chrome. Imperfect door fit. Some flaws in the wheels. Tidy older restored engine bay. Good lightly worn interior. An always stylish Italo-American hybrid, lightly aged and mildly flawed. And the ability to grab spare parts at the neighborhood NAPA or AutoZone is always a plus. – This car sold here in 2019 for $362,500, then sold out of the Elkhart collection in 2020 for $401,000. It isn’t any better since then but it isn’t any worse, either, so the decision to decline this bottom feeding $270k bid was understandable. While not a great Grifo, it shouldn’t have much trouble finding a higher price elsewhere.
Lot # 113 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 15317; Engine # 00283; Grigio Argento/Black leather; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $350,000. – 4,390/320hp, 5-speed, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, Cromodora centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, power steering, air conditioning. – Represented as the numbers-matching engine and rear axle. 4,217 miles from new. Very good repaint, lightly worn and creased upholstery with a reupholstered driver’s seat cushion. Bright, crisp gauges. Good bright trim. – It may be only 4,217 miles and three owners from new but it’s had paintwork and at least some upholstery repair taking it out of serious Preservation class contention and it is otherwise unremarkable. The reported high bid is more than generous and it should have been sold at a money bid even close to this.
Lot # 116 1963 Porsche 356 B Carrera 2 2000 GS/GT Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 124967; Engine # 98001; Ruby Red/Black leatherette, cloth inserts; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $385,000 plus commission of 11.30%; Final Price $428,500. – 1,966/130hp, 4-cam Typ 587 engine, 4-speed, reproduction luggage, chrome wheels with hubcaps, Michelin tires, headrests, power sunroof, Porsche woodrim steering wheel. – Represented as the matching numbers gearbox. “Jürgen Barth notes that this engine was originally installed in Works Carrera 2 GT chassis 123451, and then spare Works chassis 13336.” Paint, chrome, upholstery, interior trim and glass are better than new. The chassis and engine compartment are flawless. – This is a mixed-up car but with a choice Typ 587 4-cam engine that largely offsets its bipolar identity. It brought a good price, more than a Carrera 2 but less than a GS/GT, that showed the bidders kept their wits about them.
Lot # 122 1971 Porsche 914/6 ‘M471’ Targa; S/N 9141430233; Engine # 6420185; Tangerine, Matte Black stripes/Black vinyl, Grey cloth; Estimate $475,000 – $525,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $490,000 plus commission of 11.02%; Final Price $544,000. – 1,991cc flat six, 2×3 Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, G Force T/A tires. – Known history from new with Porsche employees Art Director Erich Strenger and Gerhard Blendstrup before being acquired by the present owner. Restored in 2008. Empty radio hole. Sound paint and interior. Fresh, clean engine compartment and chassis. 1972 914/6 engine with Webers. – A legend among Porsche fans, the second of just 23 built as a homologation special to qualify an uprated 914/6 for SCCA C/Production competition. Steel flares and front valence, 21mm wheel spacers, flared fiberglass rockers and wide Fuchs wheels. Another 16 were built to M491 specs along with 400 “GT Conversion Kits” for dealer installation. Used in Porsche promotions and now beautifully restored even though it is re-engined. Its exalted stature among mid-engined Porsches is shown by this result which is even higher than a 914/6 GT would bring.
Lot # 125 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Vantage Coupe; S/N DB6MK24214LC; Engine # 4004536VC; Aluminum Silver/Dark Blue leather; Estimate $700,000 – $775,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $640,000. – 3,995/325hp, 5-speed, wire wheels, Avon tires, factory Coolaire air conditioning, Blaupunkt cassette. – Represented with two owners from new and as matching numbers. Delivered new in Canada. One of 71 Mk 2 Vantages. Some dirt and scuffs on the grille. Large scratch on the rear bumper. Some bubbles and blisters on and around the hood. Erratic fit on the doors. Another sizable blister on the driver’s door. Mild cracking on the driver’s seat. Never restored and mostly original other than a very old repaint. Desirable specs, but really just in driver condition. – This car was a post-block sale here in 2015 for $700,000 all-in. That was a huge price then and still would be today, even though DB6 prices are generally a lot higher than they were seven years ago. It realistically could have sold at this high bid in 2022.
Lot # 126 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Roadster, Body by Drauz; S/N 87779; Engine # P602440; Royal Blue/Grey leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $320,000 plus commission of 11.56%; Final Price $357,000. – 1,582/60hp, 4-speed, Leston woodrim steering wheel, silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Vredestein tires, Kardex copy documented – Represented as the numbers-matching 1600 Normal engine, one family owned until 2009. Restored to high standards with gorgeous cosmetics. Clean, sharp and pleasing. – This is a singularly beautifully restored and presented example but it brought at least Super, if not Super 90, money and is generously priced for a Normal.
Lot # 127 1932 Packard 905 Twin Six Convertible Victoria; S/N 900404; Engine # 900412; Black, Green coachlines/Green leather; Green cloth top; Estimate $575,000 – $675,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $460,000 plus commission of 11.09%; Final Price $511,000. – 446/160hp V-12, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual enclosed sidemounts, metal luggage trunk, Depress Beam headlights, vehicle number 587-16. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Stored from 1948-1963, then again until 2000 when it was acquired by Jim Callahan before being restored. Shown at Pebble Beach in 2019, CCCA National First Prize and Premier. Good older paint, chrome, interior and top. Concours restored but could have been better prepared for the auction. – There were a few Twin Six Packards of various vintages in the Amelia auctions but this one is one of the most attractively bodied. It is inherently desirable for tours and events where it will be proudly displayed at the end of the day and is a sound value in this transaction, particularly at an eighth of the price of the 1934 sold later today.
Lot # 129 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT Coupe Prototype; S/N ZA9AB01E0NCD39012; Bugatti Blue/Light Gray leather; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $1,904,545 plus commission of 10.26%; Final Price $2,100,000. – 3,498/560hp quad-turbo V-12, 6-speed. Prototype car used promotional and exhibition with some one-off interior pieces and unique rear grille. – Completed in 1992 as a carbon fiber development prototype but reportedly driven little, then became an exhibition car at Bologna and repainted blue. Later tested again for emission requirements to satisfy Swiss and US regulations. Only sold into private ownership after Bugatti became insolvent, then refurbished with spare engine, reupholstered and given new wheels. The paint has some minor hazing from age which could easily be addressed if desired, but there is no significant damage or scuffs. A rubber strip has peeled up at the bottom of the left headlight and the driver’s door is slightly askew at the top. The engine compartment and underbody are detailed and very clean. The interior shows minimal use with only minor wear to the seats. A very original EB110 GT prototype with minimal use. – Hammered not sold at $1.85M on the block but later reported sold for $2.1M all-in. The only real product of Bugatti’s brief 1990s resurgence, the EB110 is now en vogue among collectors who appreciate late model stick-shift exotic cars. These were sub-$1M cars until the late 2010s, and 10 years ago Bonhams offered this same car in Monaco with a presale estimate of about a tenth of the one in Amelia ’22. It’s now the most expensive EB110 GT (a few of the quicker SS models have sold for more) that we’ve seen.
Lot # 132 1932 Cadillac 452-B V-16 Imperial Sedan, 7-pass., Body by Fleetwood; S/N 14208; Engine # 1400197; Burgundy, Black/Black leather in front, tan cloth in back.; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $123,200. – 452/165hp V-16, 3-speed, wire wheels with hub caps, wide whitewalls, luggage trunk, chrome horns, dual enclosed sidemount spares with mirrors, suicide rear doors, interior courtesy light, wood trim, jump seats, build sheet documented. – Represented as the original chassis, engine and coachwork. The paint has significant cracking on the roof. Chrome pieces have some pitting. The driver’s side spare cover has a gouge in the paint. The mechanicals and underbody are old and dirty. The seats are heavily worn and interior old. An older cosmetic restoration that really doesn’t do a V-16 Cadillac justice. – A relic of earlier collecting presentation standards with redone cosmetics but a greasy, grimy chassis and engine. Further burdened by Imperial Sedan coachwork given little credit by today’s collectors but ideal for tours and events where a fickle change in the weather will leave its occupants dry and comfortable while compatriots in more expensive open cars will be wrestling to erect awkward tops. An elegant and comfortable Cadillac V-16, it is a good value even at this over-estimate price.
Lot # 133 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport Coupe; S/N VF9SP3V34KM795215; Nocturne/Beluga Black, Italian Red leather; Estimate $3,000,000 – $3,300,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,050,000 plus commission of 10.16%; Final Price $3,360,000. – 7,993/1,479hp quad-turbo W-16, red calipers,. Includes coffee table book, window sticker and service records. – Represented as one of 60 Chiron Sports built. The paint has some mild hazing which is accentuated by the black color, but could easily be addressed with a paint correction. There are a handful of light stone chips on the front splitter, but the interior exhibits little wear. A practically new car with 3,950 miles represented. – Those miles and mild paint issues amounted to a slight discount off of this hypercar’s $3,561,000 original price.
Lot # 134 1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Emperor State Landaulet, Body by Hooper; S/N SCAZS00A1KCH26441; Engine # 67111L41019; Masons Black, Royal Claret/Gray leather in front, cloth in back; Black cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – Hub caps and trim rings, narrow whitewalls, flags, boot cover, Philips cassette in front, cabinets in back with crystal and refrigerator, television, fold out rear seats with period Toshiba laptops. – Built by a revamped Hooper on a stretched Silver Spirit frame and dubbed the Emperor State Landaulet. Some light scuffs and scratches in the old, possibly original paint. lightly wrinkled driver’s seat, but the rest of the interior is in great shape. Lightly faded cloth roof and lightly scratched window frames. Tidy underneath and showing just 13,140 miles, but no word on service history, and that’s a big red flag on any modern Rolls. Other mysteries include the catalogue photos showing it flying a Rwandan flag even though it was reportedly meant for an Australian buyer when new. Regardless, it’s a stately and ridiculous car with tons of neat period goodies and gadgets like what are likely two of the best-preserved ’80s Toshiba laptops around. – This is a truly unforgettable car, which is why we recognized it immediately as the same Landaulet that RM sold for $190,400 three years ago in Arizona. With just 149 more miles on the odometer it has only done a few short trips and maybe a parade or two, but the gimmicks have likely worn off and the owner has had their fun with it. Unfortunately, nobody was as smitten with it in Amelia and they’ll have to hold onto it for a little while longer. The relevance of any of this to the market is minimal to nonexistent. Sometimes we just write up a car because we think it’s neat.
Lot # 135 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 06809; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,600,000 – $2,000,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,550,000. – 3,286/260hp, 5-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires. – Represented as the numbers-matching engine and gearbox. Good older color-changed paint with chips on the front of the hood. Good interior and top. Scuffed trim and bumper chrome. Clean undercoated chassis. A handsome Ferrari ideally suited for tours and weekend drives, after a thorough recommissioning following 20 years. – An honest Ferrari but with a number of issues including the color change from the original Bianco (actually several color changes). It brought an honest high bid as well which should have been enough to see it moved on to a new owner if there was money in the Ritz Ballroom at the reported high bid.
Lot # 136 1935 Packard Twelve Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton; S/N 821202; Burgundy/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $290,000. – 473/175hp V-12, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, spotlight, dual windshields with windwings, Ride Control. – Very good older upholstery and chrome. Paint has some small stress cracks and is shrinking badly on both cowls and the left hood top. CCCA National First Prize #0899 and Senior. Thin hood side vent chrome. Clean and orderly engine showing age. Chassis and underbody were concours restored but now are aged, dusty and show some miles. Cleaned up for the auction but not thoroughly. – One of only four Sport Phaetons on the Twelve chassis in 1935. Reported sold by RM at Hershey in 2017 for $495,000 ($450,000 hammer). A 70’s restoration that is holding up well, no longer concours quality but a stunning ride for weekend or long distance tours. Its presentation here, despite being serviced this year, leaves a lot to be desired and the bidders were not encouraged by it although this bid was parsimonious even under the circumstances.
Lot # 138 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder, Body by Vignale; S/N AM1011295; Engine # AM1011295; Blue, White hardtop/Blue leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $850,000 – $1,100,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $810,000 plus commission of 10.62%; Final Price $896,000. – 3,485/230hp inline six, triple Weber carburetors, ZF 5-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, soft top and factory hardtop, halogen headlights, front disc brakes. – Represented as the original numbers-matching engine and factory hardtop. Excellent paint, lightly worn upholstery and slightly scuffed chrome and bright trim. The underbody is like new, a striking and impressive car with only a slightly aging high quality restoration. – Loaded with rare features and options including both tops and the ZF 5-speed, this is a premium 3500 GT that has had a premium restoration and shows only minimal age and use. It brought a fully deserved premium price.
Lot # 142 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 Coupe; S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220719; Silver-Grey/Black leather; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $620,000 plus commission of 10.81%; Final Price $687,000. – 3,498/542hp twin turbo V-6, 5-speed, Alpine cassette stereo, Bridgestone tires. – 1,130km and like new. – After being ignored for years XJ220 values have taken off in recent years and this transaction is the new high point for the model, at least for one without racing history.
Lot # 143 2020 McLaren Speedtail Coupe; S/N SBM23GDG1LW403087; Heritage Gloss Steel Blue/Metallic Blue Silver leather; Estimate $2,600,000 – $3,000,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,450,000 plus commission of 10.20%; Final Price $2,700,000. – 3,994/1035hp twin-turbo hybrid V-8, silver brake calipers, titanium paddle shifters. Reported to have £275,000 in special options, however options not listed. – In the US under Show and Display. Reported to have £275,000 in special options, a hefty add-on to the $2M starting price. Number 87 of 106 Speedtails built. A new car inside and out with just 275 miles represented and showing few signs of use. – Only a few Speedtails have hit the auction market, and typically they have brought significantly more than their original price. Not this one, however. It’s the cheapest Speedtail sold at auction to date (if you can call $2.7M “cheap”) and indeed the only Speedtail to sell for less than $3M. As a Show and Display exemption car it can be driven only 5,000 miles per year, not that it is likely ever to see a fourth digit on its odometer.
Lot # 145 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210003043; Engine # 19898010003111; Dark Blue/Beige leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,700,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,400,000 plus commission of 10.36%; Final Price $1,545,000. – 2,996/250hp, 4-speed, disc brakes, iron block, chrome wheels, Michelin Harmony tires, Becker radio, tools, spare. – Represented as the numbers-matching engine, gearbox and rear axle. Good paint and panel fits. Nearly unused upholstery. The chassis and engine compartment have been restored to quality standards with some oil mist accumulation and storage dust. Engine and transmission rebuilt by RM Auto Restoration in 2021. Some unpainted components have begun to oxidize. – Desirably configured, impressively restored and maintained, and with a fresh engine rebuild, this is an excellent 300SL Roadster that could have brought more than this price without being expensive.
Lot # 147 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster; S/N CSX2247; Bright Blue/Red leather; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,300,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,025,000 plus commission of 10.49%; Final Price $1,132,500. – 289/271hp, 4-barrel, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Polyglas F70-15 tires, wind wings, rack & pinion steering. – Represented as numbers matching engine with known history since new. Excellent paint in the original but startling color combination. Freshly restored in 2021 to better than new condition. – Seriously impressively presented and fresh in all respects, a benchmark quality restoration bought for a benchmark quality price.
Lot # 148 2006 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S16Y400600; Speed Yellow, Black stripes/Black leather; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $490,000 plus commission of 11.02%; Final Price $544,000. – 330/550hp, 6-speed, three options. – Eight miles, still with the factory shipping stickers. – This Ford GT had only 6 miles when it was sold by RM at the Petersen Museum in 2018 for $318,500. The $200,000 plus difference in this transaction is indicative of Ford GTs value trajectory in the past four years, but its exceptional result is heavily dependent upon keeping single digits on the odometer which means pushing the car everywhere it goes.
Lot # 149 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet; S/N 57156; Engine # 48; Brown, Light Brown/Brown pigskin; Brown cloth top; Estimate $650,000 – $800,000; Rebodied or re-created 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $525,000 plus commission of 10.95%; Final Price $582,500. – RHD. 3,257/135hp, 4-speed, wheel discs, skirts, fitted luggage, woodrim steering wheel, Marchal Aerolux headlights, fitted luggage. – Originally a Galibier sedan built in 1934, rebuilt with a second-series frame in 1936 for the original owner, then rebodied in Belgium with cabriolet coachwork and updated with hydraulic brakes. Restored by Alan Taylor Company in the 00’s with new fenders, door skins, hood, trim and a Type 57C dashboard. Excellent paint. Bright chrome. Beautiful and gorgeous highly figured interior wood trim. Spotless engine compartment. Best of Show Pre-war at La Jolla in 2013, shown other places including Amelia, CCCA National First Prize winner. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2017 for $572,000 on a hammer bid of $520,000, $5,000 less than its successful hammer bid here five years later. Eye catching coachwork but the subject of many changes over its lifetime, a realistic way to enjoy a distinctive Bugatti Type 57 for a reasonable price.
Lot # 150 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Lightweight Coupe; S/N 964018; Engine # 62M11440; Blutengelb/Black cloth; Estimate $700,000 – $900,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.53%; Final Price $1,050,000. – 3.6/265hp, 5-speed, seam-welded tub, Cup wheels, Yokohama tires, roll cage, Recaro buckets, Sabelt harnesses, fire system, Momo steering wheel, Plexiglas windows. – The 18th of just 22 964 Carrera 4 Lightweights, a car even many Porsche nerds have never heard of. Built with aluminum and fiberglass body panels as well as a stripped interior and equipped with mechanically adjustable all-wheel drive with rallying in mind. This one, however, has barely been driven and shows just 562 km. Other than some scratching on the windows and old-looking tires it shows no wear. This is a car meant for competition but looks like it has never been driven in anger – Less weight means more money for Porsches, and competition specs mean even more dollar signs. So although the 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight is far from the most famous 911, it had the Porsche-heavy crowd’s attention at the Ritz and someone loved it seven figures worth. This same car was on eBay in 2009, was bid to $105,100, didn’t sell, then had a $165k Buy It Now. That’s how far the 911 market has come in less than a decade and a half.
Lot # 152 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Special Sports; S/N YM5029; Engine # YF5006; Maroon/Grey leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Modified restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $380,000 plus commission of 11.32%; Final Price $423,000. – RHD. 7,983/220hp, 4-speed, cycle fenders, black wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, wind wings, Marchal headlights with stoneguards, radiator stoneguard. – Originally bodied as a Mulliner Weymann-patent sedan. Rebodied as a roadster during the 30’s. Later owned by Victor Gauntlett and configured as offered here. Engine rebuilt in 2009. Tired old paint, failing headlight chrome. Sound upholstery. Aged and used but said to be capable of cruising at 80mph. – A real old campaigner, built for speed events and driving. It has been in this configuration for two or three generations which lends it the air of period genuiness. It was offered here in 2018 when the reported high bid was $560,000 and it is bought reasonably today.
Lot # 153 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB ‘Vetroresina’ Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 19505; Engine # 01678; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather, Black stripes; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $173,600. – 2,927/255hp, 5-speed, Campagnolo alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Borletti air conditioning, power windows, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, manuals, tool roll, Campagnolo spare. – Excellent paint, fresh upholstery, crisp gauges. The engine compartment and chassis are like new. Ferrari Classiche certified. – Sold by Gooding here at Amelia in 2015 fresh from restoration for $192,500 and an excellent value in this transaction, a car that should with appropriate detailing roll right onto a show field with a high probability of success.
Lot # 154 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, Body by Murphy; S/N 2294; Engine # J-269; Dark Blue/Rose leather; Dark Grey cloth top; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,400,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,200,000 plus commission of 10.16%; Final Price $3,525,000. – 420/265hp, 3-speed, Twilite headlights, chrome wire wheels, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors and chrome wraps, outside exhaust head pipes, extra set of chrome wire wheels with wide whitewall tires. – Spectacular paint, chrome, upholstery, glass and top. A concours Duesenberg restored a dozen years ago for David Kane, class winner at Pebble Beach in 2011 and maintained in concours condition since then by the current owner. Represented as the original frame, firewall, engine and coachwork. – This is an outstanding Duesenberg bodied with one of Murphy’s best designs and one of few Model Js to remain together throughout its life with stewardship by several classic car collector stalwarts. Its acceptance at RM Amelia surprised even the usually optimistic pre-sale estimate. A great car for which a great price was paid.
Lot # 155 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition Coupe; S/N WDDRJ7JA7FA011333; Obsidian Black/Anthracite leather; Estimate $475,000 – $575,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $420,000. – 6,199/583hp, exposed carbon fiber hood and wing, red calipers. – Very good condition with few signs of use anywhere. Represented with 2,550 miles and in nearly new condition. One of 350 Final Editions built. – The SLS’s configuration, performance, and frequent comparisons to the 300SL suggest a bright future in terms of collectability. In fact, they’re already a hot commodity. The reported high bid for this one was about twice what it cost new, and it still wasn’t enough to take the car home despite the high bid being $60,000 more than Barrett-Jackson got for a 1,540 mile Final Edition Roadster in January.
Lot # 156 1913 Packard Model 1-38 5-Passenger Phaeton; S/N 38315; Engine # 38471; Blue, Black fenders and accent/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $190,000 – $240,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $220,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $246,400. – 415/60hp, 3-speed, grey wood spoke wheels, 36-inch Non Skid Firestone tires, dual left side spares, Liberty Lens headlights, electric sidelights, wind wings, bulb horn, wicker trunk, Warner speedometer and clock. – Very good paint other than small chips and a crack on and near the passenger’s side door and various corner and hinge chips. Very good nickel plated brightwork. Very good interior. Discolored and scratched speedometer. A highly restored 1913 Packard 38, the first Packard model to feature an electric starter and left-hand drive configuration. Restored more than once, with the most recent finished three years ago. Previously part of the Harrah’s collection and prior ownership by collector Richard Veghte for 30 years. – A handsome and meticulously maintained highly original car with recent quality cosmetics. It was offered by RM at Hershey in 2019 where it was reported bid to $225,000. This result is comparable with that, but much less than the $467,500 Gooding got for a similar 1-38 Phaeton at Pebble Beach in 2013.
Lot # 157 1933 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton; S/N 121651147H; Engine # BB2152; Butterscotch, Brown accent and fenders/Tan leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $240,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $268,800. – 391/160hp V-12, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, metal luggage trunk, Pilot-Rays, Dual Ratio. – A genuine “Salon” model. Restored by Dr. Elwood Greist over a long period, an award winner at Pebble Beach in 1987, later owned by STP personality Andy Granatelli. Very good older paint, chrome and barely used interior. The chassis is restored to high standards and sparingly driven. – Surprisingly appealing two-tone paint scheme for a car finished in the Eighties and a rare model built by Auburn in limited quantity during the rough years of the Great Depression. It is a sound value at this price.
Lot # 158 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (small tank) Coupe; S/N 30837S109268; Engine # 3109268 F0111RF; Daytona Blue/Saddle; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $380,000 plus commission of 11.32%; Final Price $423,000. – 327/360hp Fuelie, 4-speed, Kelsey-Hayes centerlock wheels, power brakes, radio delete, heater delete, NCRS Top Flight, MCACN Concours Gold, Bloomington Gold certified. – Raced in period but no advertised distinctions. Sold new in Indiana, one of 136 small tank Z06s, represented as matching numbers engine. Paint is good with no noticeable blemishes, although direct light reveals swirls in the finish. The chrome is good. The engine compartment is clean but shows aging and the interior is very good. An old restoration that looks better than a driver but no longer a concours quality car. – This car sold in Kissimmee six years ago, in fresher condition, for $277,750 after a $250,000 no-sale in Monterey the previous year. This result in 2022 seems strong for the car’s condition, but it seems downright cheap compared against the $1,242,500 somebody paid for an unrestored small tank Z06 over at Gooding’s Amelia auction. ’63 split windows sold quite well for the most part at the January auctions, and demand clearly hasn’t been satisfied yet.
Lot # 159 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe; S/N 1980405500693; Engine # 1989805500736; Fire Engine Red/Tan leather; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,650,000; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,850,000 plus commission of 10.27%; Final Price $2,040,000. – 2,996/240hp, 4-speed, fitted luggage and Rudge-style knock-off wheels (neither of which came with the car originally), Michelin XWX tires, Nardi woodrim steering wheel. – Known 4-owner history from new including Bruce Meyer and Robert Petersen, 18,636 miles. Freshly detailed to a concours level, but this Gullwing has apparently never been apart, just continuously maintained and detailed to the standards of a complete restoration except for the upholstery which is showing age and stretching. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2013 for $1,265,000 and with just over 900 more miles on the odometer today but in remarkably similar condition. In both cases a material premium on the order of 20% was paid for low miles, condition and originality, attributes that continue to ingratiate themselves to collectors, and always will.
Lot # 160 1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet, Body by Chapron; S/N 800538; Light Green metallic/Dark Green leather; Dark Green cloth top; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $320,000 plus commission of 11.56%; Final Price $357,000. – RHD. 3,557/115hp, triple carburetors, Cotal pre-selector 4-speed, rear-mounted spare, Marchal headlights, fog light and driving light chrome wire wheels, Dunlop Fort tires, Marchal trafficators. – Very good older paint with no visible chips or scratches. Inviting interior with light stretching. Tight-fitting 3-position top. The chassis was painted assembled with some old undercoat that wasn’t removed. A high quality cosmetic restoration on top of a well-preserved original car. Engine rebuilt in 2022. – Sold by RM at Meadow Brook in 2002 for $99,000 after bouncing around auctions during the early 90’s without attractive much attention, then cosmetically restored to the present standards and sold by RM at Monterey in 2019 for $434,000. The Chapron coachwork is practical and stylish if not flamboyant like some of his Parisian contemporaries, but they were pretty much all out of business by 1947 as confiscatory taxation took a toll on French luxury car builders and the carrossieres who served them. This is a realistic result for a desirable 3-carburetor 135 M with a Chapron 3-position cabriolet body.
Lot # 161 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria, Body by Dietrich; S/N 902011; Engine # 902030; Metallic Pewter Grey/Ecru leather; Ecru cloth top; Estimate $3,750,000 – $4,500,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,750,000 plus commission of 10.13%; Final Price $4,130,000. – 446/160hp V-12, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, Solar headlights, Pilot-Rays. – Previous owners include Dr. Joseph Murphy, Otis Chandler, David Kane, Joseph and Margie Cassini and now offered from the estate of Frank Ricciardelli. Believed to be one of only three examples on the V-12 chassis. Restored by Stone Barn in 2014. Pebble Beach class winner and CCCA Trophy that year. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. An older concours restoration that shows some age but no miles. Elegant, refined, imposing coachwork. Frank Ricciardelli estate. – The centerpiece of RM’s ballroom preview display, overshadowing with its elegance and style the modern supercars that flanked it and bringing a well-deserved premium price. It will be eligible for Pebble Beach in only two years and it’s hard not to see it being a Best of Show contender as it was in 2014.
Lot # 162 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Close-Coupled Sedan; S/N 7800999; Engine # CG2018; Beige, Black/Beige cloth; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $100,800. – 384/125hp inline eight, 3-speed, wire wheels with hub caps and trim rings, dual sidemount spares, Trippe Safety Lights, luggage trunk, suicide rear doors. – Very good paint and chrome. The engine compartment shows its age with some chipped paint on the block and oily residue. The underbody is aged and a bit dirty, the interior is clean but shows a little aging. An older restoration dating to the 1990s that is holding up well. – Sedans represent some of the best values among Classic cars and are ideal entry points for collectors new to the classics. They aren’t expensive like their open counterparts and will reward an owner with comfortable accommodations for a family or friends on tours. Chryslers of this era are recognized for their quality and advanced engineering and few of them are as attractive as this close-coupled sedan. It is bought appropriately in this transaction but is intrinsically a good value for the money.
Lot # 165 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari Coupe; S/N ZFF76ZFA2F0211079; Black/Black leather; Estimate $3,600,000 – $4,000,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,325,000 plus commission of 10.15%; Final Price $3,662,500. – 6,262/949hp, Scuderia shields, black calipers, dark painted wheels, Harman Kardon audio, factory anti-stone chipping paint protection film. – There are a few minor blemishes on the front bumper but otherwise a 600-mile like-new LaFerrari. Last serviced in February 2022, including a checkup of the battery system. – According to RM Sotheby’s this car sold new for $1,416,362 and was ordered with $75,000 in options. Like other invite-only hypercars, however, the LaFerrari got a heck of a lot more expensive once any old schmuck with a few million dollars could buy one on the open market. This is a realistic price for it in today’s marketplace.
Lot # 166 1930 Cadillac 452 V-16 Transformable Town Cabriolet, Body by Fleetwood; S/N 700492; Engine # 700492; Black/Black leather, Grey cloth rear; Black leather top; Estimate $375,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $355,000 plus commission of 11.41%; Final Price $395,500. – 452/185hp chrome spoke wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual leatherette covered sidemounts with mirrors, vee windshield, rollup division, jump seats, leather covered luggage trunk – CCCA National First Prize number 1878, Senior and Premier. Class award winner at Pebble Beach in 1993. Excellent older paint, chrome, interior and interior woodwork. The chassis and engine compartment are bright and shiny with scant fluid residue or evidence of miles. – Sold by RM from John McMullen’s collection in 2007 for $374,000. The engine was rebuilt thereafter but otherwise the car remains as it was restored thirty years ago. The catalog describes it as “a car of magnificent proportions and imposing presence” and truer words have never been written in an auction catalog. “Imposing presence” doesn’t come cheap, but this result is close.
Lot # 168 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Dual-Cowl Phaeton, Body by after LeBaron; S/N 7803128; Engine # CG3545; Dark Red, Beige/Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Rebodied or re-created 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $185,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $207,200. – 384/125hp, 3-speed, dual sidemounts with mirrors, chrome spoke wire wheels, wide whitewalls, Pilot-Rays, Depress Beam headlights, radiator stoneguard, dual windshields, Beige cloth covered luggage trunk. – Very good older paint, bright chrome, very good lightly used upholstery and interior trim. The chassis is very good but showing some age and limited use. Reproduction coachwork built for Ed Perkins. – The difference in result between this repro bodied Dual-Cowl Phaeton and the Close-Coupled Sedan sold a few cars before is about $100,000 and that is a good proxy for the closed/open car gap, with due allowance for the repro body. This is a handsome and usable car, well-restored and meticulously maintained in the two-plus decades since it was restored.
Lot # 171 2006 Spyker C8 Spyder Convertible; S/N XL9AA11G36Z363116; Black/Black leather with White stitching; Estimate $300,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $320,000 plus commission of 11.56%; Final Price $357,000. – 4,173/395hp Audi V-8, 6-speed, AP Racing brakes, standard steering wheel, engine-turned dash. – Just 9,350 miles and few signs of use. – While not exactly beautiful, Spykers are admired for their bold designs, wild interiors and analog driving experience, including a very cool aluminum gear shift with exposed linkage. They don’t often come up for sale in either the US or Europe, but when they do they typically sell in the $300k-$400k range, so this result makes sense.
Lot # 172 1975 BMW 3.0CSL Batmobile Coupe; S/N 4355049; Taiga Metallic, Black/Black vinyl, cloth; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 11.92%; Final Price $291,000. – 3,153/206hp, 5-speed, power steering, alloy wheels, Vredestein tires, Scheel sports seats, wood dash, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows. – Represented as the 49th of 57 second series cars. Restored in the 1990s. There are paint blisters on the green part of the rear wing as well as some scuffs and scratches on the black plastic part. Two big cracks in the front air dam. Otherwise good quality paint finish in its rare original color. Solid restored interior. Tidy and lightly used underneath. A reasonably well restored and carefully used Batmobile. – The CSL Batmobile is top dog among the E9-generation sport coupes, namely thanks to its success in touring car and IMSA racing as well as that famous rear wing. This one sold for a then-fair $150,000 at Bonhams Quail Lodge in 2009 and seems to have been well-maintained but not seriously improved since. This price nearly 13 years later is equally fair, and just goes to show how far BMW’s best classic models have come in the collector car market.
Lot # 173 2013 Lotus T125 Formula; S/N C003; Engine # 108; Metallic Green with gold flecks, Gold/Black cloth; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Competition car, original as-raced 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $342,500 plus commission of 11.46%; Final Price $381,750. – 3,800/640hp 4-cam Cosworth V-8, fuel injection, sequential 6-speed, gold centerlock wheels, Avon tires, Willans harness, Jean Alesi seat liner, wheels, tires, spares. – One of the prototypes for a single-make customer race series with F1-like performance and aerodynamics but a wider tub for not-so-svelte drivers. Ambitious and aborted after only five were built, this is one of two in private hands. Liveried in a JPS-like Lotus Dark Green and Gold. Powered by a 640hp Cosworth gear drive 4-cam V-8. Not like new, but close, a compelling track day car with a naturally aspirated 11,000 rpm V-8. – RM sold this car here three years ago for $417,500 and it is doubtful it has turned a wheel under its own power since then. With prices for track day Porsches and McLarens sometimes well into seven figures this is an endorphin machine at a bargain price and it will convince almost everyone its driver is at the wheel of a Lotus F1, including the driver.
Lot # 174 1983 GRID-Porsche S2 Group C Prototype; S/N LFC001B; Blue, Yellow, Green accents/Black Fiberglass; Estimate $150,000 – $225,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $235,200. – RHD. 3.2 litre/500hp twin turbo Porsche, Hewland 5-speed, air jacks, fire system, Personal leather rim steering wheel. – Raced in 1984 by Dudley Wood and Charles Ivy with a best placing of 11th at the BOAC 1000 but it did run at Le Mans in 1984, failing on the 10th lap. Restored with a 1980 Porsche Turbo engine, completed in 2019 and developed since then by recognized professionals, but ultimately an intriguing but unsuccessful Le Mans special. – A fortune has been spent on this car since it was acquired in 2012 and, basically, the GRID is free and the new owner paid pennies on the dollar for its restoration and high level preparation to modern standards of performance, aerodynamics and safety.
Lot # 175 1953 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet, Body by Vignale; S/N 5441; Engine # C52843235; Metallic Bronze/Beige leather; Heather cloth top; Estimate $900,000 – $1,200,000; Cosmetic restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,100,000 plus commission of 10.45%; Final Price $1,215,000. – 331/310hp Chrysler Hemi V-8, 4×2 Strombergs on a log manifold, Fluid Drive, chrome wire wheels, blackwall bias ply tires, woodrim steering wheel, pushbutton radio, heater. – One of five C-3 Vignale cabriolets built, shown at Pebble Beach by Irving Robbins in 1956 and 1957, later owned by Briggs’ daughter Lucie. Sound paint. Good panel fits and gaps. Attractive upholstery, good chrome. The chassis, however, is old, dirty and neglected. – Not as nice as it might be but attractive from ten feet without looking underneath, this is a generous price but not unreasonable considering this C-3 Cunningham’s history brings with it an historical bonus.
Lot # 177 1933 Cadillac 370-C V-12 All-Weather Phaeton, Body by Fisher; S/N 40408; Engine # 4000408; Teal Green/Green leather; Heather cloth top; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $156,800. – 368/135hp, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors. – Matching-numbers chassis, engine and body, build sheet documented. Good older paint, chrome and interior. A quality older restoration with good cosmetics once owned by J.C. Whitney proprietor Roy Warshawsky. The chassis, however, is old and neglected showing more miles than the 422 on the odometer. – The 370 V-12 Cadillac is not the dreadnought of multi-cylinder engines that its sibling V-16 is, although had the V-16 not existed the V-12 would be a benchmark of quality, power and smooth, quiet performance. Thus, collectors who appreciate underlying quality, refined styling and elegant design can enjoy high standards of both in a V-12 Cadillac at a dramatically lower cost. This 370-C V12 Fisher All-Weather Phaeton (convertible sedan) is a prime example and while bringing a modest price (at least among its peers) will reward its new owner with ample performance, comfort and style.
Lot # 179 1913 Stutz Series B Bearcat Runabout; S/N 997; Engine # AB1828; Green, Red chassis/Black leather; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $223,214 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $250,000. – RHD. 390/60hp Wisconsin T-head four-cylinder, 3-speed, Warner speedometer, black leather covered luggage trunk, dual rear-mounted spares, nickel trim, round bolster tank, electric starter and Tuto horn, Macbeth headlights, body color Frayer wire wheels, 34-inch tires. – Discovered on a Montana farm in the 1970’s as a partial frame, engine and gas tank used to power a water pump. Restored over many, many years as original and period parts were sourced and finally completed in the 00’s. Very good paint, some thin nickel trim, good chrome. Older upholstery. Clean, crisp engine compartment. – Reportedly sold at the 2015 Dragone auction for $577,500 and offered by Bonhams at the Simeone Museum in 2018 where it was reported bid to $460,000. This post-block transaction is at a surprisingly modest price and a huge value for the Bearcat’s condition although a lot of it is made up from the whole cloth to replace the bits missing back in the hills of Montana.
Lot # 180 1932 Buick Series 50 Sport Phaeton, Body by Holden; S/N 2627717; Metallic Maroon, Black fenders/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $78,400. – 230/83hp inline ohv eight, 3-speed, body color wire wheels, dual sidemounts with mirrors, wide whitewalls, wind wings, luggage trunk, turn signals, driving lights, underdash AM-FM, adjustable shocks, metal luggage trunk. – Paint spatter on the front seat. Originally delivered in Australia, converted to lefthand drive probably during restoration. Good older restoration. Sound and usable older paint, chrome, top and upholstery. Engine and chassis are oily and road grimy. A mediocre driver. – Reported sold at the Hershey auction in 2006 for $53,350, then at Mecum Monterey in 2010 for $133,500 and much the worse for the twelve years since then despite adding only 247 to its odometer since then. This result is a commentary on the frailties of old cars that are parked in climate-controlled facilities and not afforded much attention or care: Fifty Grand left on the floor of the storage facility but a realistic price for this Buick’s condition.
Lot # 181 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible; S/N 59E013537; Black/White leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $223,214 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $250,000. – 390/345hp, automatic, air conditioning, tinted glass, Autronic Eye, wheel covers, whitewalls, fender skirts, pushbutton radio, rear seat speaker, cruise control, dash clock, bucket seats. – Older restoration freshened last year. Clean bumpers but the rest of the brightwork shows a little more age, and there is pitting around the rearview mirror. Older paint starting to show its age. Small dent in the driver’s door, which sticks out very slightly at the bottom. Significant wear and light discoloration to the leather. A driver, but the wear and tear takes little away from the sheer presence and style of a Biarritz. – Hammered unsold at $220k but later reported sold at $250,000 all-in. Although it’s a massive haircut from the $313,000 paid for it at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction last year, $250k is a perfectly fair price and the seller was prudent to let it go, even if it hurts to be losing money in a market that many people say is growing by the month.
Lot # 182 1948 Davis Divan Convertible; S/N 482E39; Brown/Brown, Beige; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $111,607 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $125,000. – 133/46hp Hercules 4-cylinder engine, whitewall tires, three wheel chassis, 4-abreast seating, retractable headlights, hardtop. – Represented as the first production Davis Divan, a car designed by Frank Kurtis for Joel Thorne and one of only thirteen built. Paint finish is generally good but spot welds can be seen through the paint on the hood and there is some deterioration around them. The window trim is old and deteriorated. The engine and compartment have been repainted but it is clear that the finish was not stripped prior to paint. The interior has been reupholstered and shows well. An old cosmetic restoration, it doesn’t show particularly well, but is offset by its quirky looks and checkered history. – One of several early post-war fantasy enterprises undertaken with vast vision but limited resources, the automotive version of computer “vaporware” or the current explosion of underfunded, under-resourced electric vehicles. The Davis Divan wasn’t intrinsically bad, it was just impractical, a marketing hype driven vision like the Tucker. There was a class of them on The Amelia lawn Sunday and they’ll never have a higher profile. The seller should be exultant at getting this much for this car.
Lot # 184 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFDU57A040134547; Rosso Corsa/Red Alcantara; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $330,000. – 3,586/425hp, 6-speed automanual, SF shields, CD changer stereo, climate control, red calipers, PZero tires, carbon fiber mirrors, tool roll, car cover, original window sticker. Assembly number 51622. – Chipguarded nose. 4,450 miles and unblemished except for some scuffing on the driver’s seat bolster. Described as having, “a thorough engine servicing completed in August 2021.” – Gooding sold a similar condition Challenge Stradale yesterday, but with about twice the miles although still under 10,000, for $285,500, a transaction of which the consignor of this example was apparently not aware. Had this car sold even at the reported high bid the resulting cost including commission would have been by a good margin an all-time auction record. It is not that exceptional.
Lot # 187 1993 BMW 850CSi Coupe; S/N WBSEG9327RCD00001; Brilliant Red/Black leather; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $195,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $218,400. – 5,576/380hp, 6-speed, Yokohama tires, sunroof, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette. Has a slot for a car phone but the phone has gone missing. – Represented as the very first 850 CSi, used by BMW North America as a display model. Also represented as the only US car in this color combination and with 36,000 miles. CARFAX reports a minor front-end accident in 2001. Excellent paint aside from a handful of tiny, tiny chips. Clean wheels. Fantastic interior with no serious wear on any of the upholstery or switchgear. A significant and remarkably well kept 8-Series that looks like a car a fraction of its age with a fraction of the miles. – Although the car’s mileage isn’t insignificant and it will never be able to erase that accident history, however minor, its spectacular presentation and special serial number pushed it to top dollar.
Lot # 190 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 10001212002131; Tobacco Brown/Cognac; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $400,000 plus commission of 11.25%; Final Price $445,000. – 6,329/300hp, automatic, wheel covers, original Fulda narrow whitewall tires, Becker radio with rear seat controls, special-order 8-track tape deck, sunroof, rear window curtains, books, data cars, tool kit. – Sold new in Milwaukee. Placed in storage from 1992 until 2016, reportedly because the second owner only drove black cars and thought it was black when he bought it, then was disappointed to see it was brown. Showing 3,373 miles that are represented as actual. Mechanically recommissioned but cosmetically all original and unbelievably well-preserved, even the original Fulda tires. The interior doesn’t even look five years old, let alone 50. The 600 badge on the tail is loose but that’s an easy fix. The expensive stuff, like the air system and hydraulics, have been recently serviced. An exceptionally well-preserved Grosser, possibly the best original one around. – The words “unrestored Mercedes 600” should scare people. They are notoriously complex cars with a lot to go wrong and require specialized parts and labor that can stretch well into six figures for serious refurbishments. This car, though, is singularly good in that it’s completely unrestored, but someone else has already spent the money on getting it sorted. This price is an extremely high one, beyond even concours money for a long wheelbase Pullman version of the 600, but if any 600 deserves nearly half a million dollars it’s this one. Long the favorite of Russian oligarchs, the market for these may crater as a consequence of the Ukraine invasion and related sanctions.
Lot # 194 1961 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N P216518DN; Engine # LB2314-9; Opalescent Dark Green/Biscuit leather; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Older restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $53,200. – 3,781/220hp, 4-speed with overdrive, wire wheels, Vredestein tires, dual wing mirrors, Radiomobile radio, jack, JDHT Trace Certificate and original bill of sale documented. – Represented as matching numbers. Older paint with some blemishes and crazing. Aged chrome. The gaps are OK but a bit uneven. Tidy and correct older restored engine bay. Good, lightly aged wood and some significant wear and creasing to the leather. No tools present. It’s a 3.8 with an overdrive 4-speed and finished in good colors but was restored a while ago and regularly driven. Now it’s a presentable driver. – This is a strong result for the condition and for being the very last car in the auction presented to a half-filled room. It’s expensive, but not crazy expensive, which points to continuing interest throughout the auction and an attentive crowd willing to continue to spend real money.