After topping the results at last month’s Paris sales with its ex-Geoffrey St John Bugatti Type 55, Bonhams repeated the feat in Amelia Island on 5 March, where a 1932 Type 55 Super Sport from the Estate of Dean S. Edmonds Jr. scooped the overall honours at $7,100,000 (estimate $6,500,000 – 9,500,000).
A 1907 Renault Type AI 35/45HP Vanderbilt Racer commissioned by the pioneering Land Speed Record holder Willie K Vanderbilt – one of only five ‘Vanderbuilt Racers’ in existence – made $3,332,500; while a Classiche Certified 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS which netted a Platinum Award at the 2013 Cavallino Classic fetched $1,475,000 (estimate $1,800,000 – 2,200,000).
Notable highlights also included the Con-Ferr Meyers Manx Dune Buggy driven by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair which raised $456,000 (estimate $400,000 – 600,000); a 1944 Volkswagen Type 166 ‘Schwimmwagen’ blitzed its $100,000 – 125,000 guide, going for $145,600; and a 1976 Porsche 911 S with only one owner from new and less than 11,600 miles on the clock brought $96,320 (estimate $60,000 – 80,000).
Gooding & Company opened proceedings the following day with its 89-lot roster; a multiple award-winning 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton heading the cars successfully hammered away with a winning bid of $2,205,000 (estimate $2,700,000 – 3,500,000).
A 1969 Lamborghini Miura P 400 S exceeded its $1,400,000 lower estimate, changing hands for $1,435,000 to a buyer in the room. The three-owner Miura was offered in a well-preserved state, retaining its original Rosso Alfa Acrilico paint and Pelle Bleu interior, with fewer than 17,500 miles travelled from new.
Significant Porsche sales included the first production 934 which set a world auction record for the model at $1,380,000 (estimate $1,250,000 – 1,600,000), as did a 37,000-mile 1998 RUF Turbo R with a new benchmark at $676,000 (estimate $575,000 – 725,000).
Gooding & Company posted a sale total of $20.78 million and a 93% sell-through rate.
RM Sotheby’s found new homes for 94% of its 154-lot entry, generating total sales of $35.8 million. Top-tier success included its star attraction, a 1,700-mile 2003 Ferrari Enzo, selling for $2,782,500 (estimate $2,750,000 – 3,000,000); a unique 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D’Ieteren making $1,655,000 (estimate $1,500,000 – 2,000,000); and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L in single ownership for the past 48 years, showing only 22,055km, went for its high estimate – $1,600,000.
Among the stand-out results, an unused one-of-200 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport made short work of its $360,000 – 400,000 guide, taking $527,500; a recently refurbished 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC 6.0 AMG 'Wide-Body' did likewise, fetching $390,000 against its $220,000 – 260,000 estimate; and a 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am with period race history, plus a stint with Paul Newman at the wheel in 1989, blew them all away with a final bid of $665,000 – over three times its lower estimate.
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