Bragging rights for the top sale achieved at the annual Amelia Island extravaganza went to RM Sotheby’s, with a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet selling for $6,380,000. RM also occupied the next two slots, with a 1955 Jaguar D-Type making $3,675,000; and a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider sharing joint third with Gooding and Company’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, at $3,300,000.
A 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S 3.4 Roadster made strong money at $341,000, blitzing its pre-sale estimate of $200,000 – 250,000. RM’s announced in the week following the sale that the two cars unsold during the auction were subsequently sold, giving an impressive 100% sale rate and a sale total of $60.1 million (excluding the undisclosed post-sale prices).
Bonhams’ inaugural sale saw new auction records set with a 1980 Ferrari 512 BB ($359,700), a 1981 BMW M1 ($605,000) and a 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Coupe ($415,800). Star lot was a 1930 Cord Model L-29 Town Car selling for $1,760,000; just pipping the 1908 American Underslung 50hp Roadster which also recorded a new auction record, making $1,738,000. A 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat realised $1,012,000 helping Bonhams post a sale total of $13.95 million and a 79% sale rate.
With an 89% sale rate and a sale total of $26.9 million Gooding and Company’s figures were slightly down on 2014. Top lots included the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 which made $3,300,000, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet selling for $2,090,000 and a 1991 Ferrari F40 found a new home at $1,622,500. The ex-Héctor Rebaque 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR brought $1,237,500 whilst a 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta surprised many when it changed hands for $1,155,000, even given the current demand for late model limited production supercars.