The seemingly endless days of winter are a distant memory if you were lucky enough to spend March 7 - 9 in Amelia Island, FL. These three days of paradise, which consisted of two auctions and one Concours, provided classic car enthusiasts with the opportunity to see some of the most rare, beautiful, and historically significant vehicles in existence. Here are the highlights from each of these shows.
Given the sales results of this year's auction, without a doubt there continues to be significant interest in classic cars. Almost 90% of the 88 vehicles Gooding & Company offered were sold, bringing in $30.9 million, and setting 15 new world records in the process.
The top sale was a 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail historic race car, which went for $3.63 million. A 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, whose design is so often linked to James Dean's sports car, was the second best seller, reaching $3.3. Here are the other cars that surpassed $1 million.
In RMs most successful Amelia Island auction to date, they generated just under $36 million by selling 97% of the 91 vehicles they offered for sale. Seven of these sales broke world sales records. The top sale of the auction was for a 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster. Bidding started at $3 million, but it took $6.6 million to buy this unique car. A 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster came in second, at a selling price of $2.42 million. Here are the other cars that rounded out the top ten.
Prices listed for car sales include the 10% buyers commission.
All the vehicles that showed at this elite car event are rare and historically significant, from the brass era cars to the more recent limited production models. Some of the standouts included a collection of Chrysler and Packard concept cars; rows of McLaren and Maserati race cars; and Indy 500, Daytona, and 24-hour Le Mans winning cars. For muscle car fans, the show featured the first Shelby Mustang GT350 and the first Shelby Mustang competition race car. Other cars, such as vintage Packards, Deusenbergs, Mercedes, Delahayes, and Buggatis could only be described as rolling art. Many of these vehicles are one-off and custom built to the original owner’s personal taste, with no expense spared. It is rare and definitely a privilege to see such meticulously-restored masterpieces. Although to be chosen to participate in this Concours, in and of itself, demonstrates a car's standing in the classic car world, of the 325 entries, only three could receive top honors. This year, a 1955 Cadillac Special Cabriolet received the People's Choice Award. This one-of-a-kind, specially-built body, with a retractable hard top, has 23 karat gold-plated metal trim on the outside and throughout the interior. A 1958 Scarab, which is an extremely rare sports car, with a specially modified fuel injected Corvette engine, received the Best of Show Concours de Sport Award. And, a 1937 Horch 853 Cabriolet, which is an elegant grand touring motor car, built in the flowing style of the prewar Mercedes-Benz ultra-luxury models, took home the Best of Show Concours d’Elegance trophy.
For more photos of the event, see our gallery.