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Amelia Island auction RM Auctions: Island of auto legends

Darin Schnabel
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D he RM classic specialists from Canada Auctions have put together a sensational selection of cars for the island, which belongs to Florida, in which pre-war cars come under the hammer as well as a Mercedes gullwing from the family's first ownership. Other highlights are one of 51 Tuckers built, which once belonged to the film producer George Lucas, and a Porsche 908/3 racing car in Gulf livery from 1970.

Gulf-Porsche and Duesenberg will be auctioned

However, the Porsche with chassis number 004 is not a race car for John Wyer's team, but was a replacement chassis that was subsequently built into a complete car. Today it has the look of the Porsche 908/3 with which the works drivers Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen started at the Nürburgring in 1970. Proud estimate that RM Auctions gives for the Gulf Renner, who has been involved in historic races since 2005: 1.4 to 1.7 million US dollars.

Duesenberg fans still have to add around 3 million US dollars for a chance at the 1935 Model SJ Convertible Coupe: the estimate is $ 3.5 million to $ 5 million. Only three SJs were built with this body by the American bodywork specialist Walker-LaGrande. Only this one has an eight-cylinder with supercharging, which increases the output to 320 hp. The founders of the brand, the brothers Friedrich (Frederick) and August Duesenberg, come from the Lemgo district of Kirchheide.

Gullwing from first ownership

The luxury of the thirties also exudes a Cord L-29, which was custom-made by the Berlin car body manufacturer Voll & Ruhrbeck in 1931 and exhibited at the automobile fair in Berlin. The price for the luxury vehicle with eight-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive is only available on request. RM Auctions is offering a total of 5 cords from the years 1929 to 1937 at the auction. Further information in our photo show.

No gullwing should be missing from such a top-class auction: RM Auctions is offering a silver-colored Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé, which the doctor and clinic operator Dr. Lambertus Warmolts from Oregon bought. Since the delivery by the dealer - the original invoice is still available - the sports car icon has beennicknamed 'The Warmolts Gullwing' on the scene, still owned by the family. The family silver is said to cost between US $ 1.25 million.

Tucker by George Lucas is sold

The auction catalog from RM Auctions leaves no classic fan indifferent. The top-class fleet includes one of only 13 built Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta with a body by Carrozzeria Touring from 1937 (Estimate: 1.5 to 1.75 million euros), a Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta Vignale from 1952 (Estimate: one to 1.4 million US dollars), a Spanish Pegaso with a French Saoutchik cabriolet body from 1954 with an estimate of between 1.25 and 1.75 million US dollars and one of only 1,270 Porsche Carrera GTs built in 2005 (350,000 to 400,000 U.S. dollar).

Not only car fans will be interested in lot 155: Behind it is a Tucker 48, which once belonged to producer and director George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones). The American sedan with the streamlined hatchback body and the six-cylinder boxer in the rear was only built 51 times.

Behind the trend-setting car is Preston Tucker from Chicago, the horror of the American auto industry. A movie was even dedicated to Tucker in 1988 in which Jeff Bridges played the car bark. Many scenes from 'Tucker - A Man and His Cars' were directed by Francis Ford Coppola in the studios of George Lucas. Estimated value of the maroon-toned Tucker with serial number 1003 today: $ 1.5 to $ 1.9 million.

The auction of RM Auctions at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Amelia Island Parkway begins Saturday, Saturday March 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. local time.

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