A m Amelia Island weekend the auction house RM Auctions achieved a turnover of over 23 million US dollars and a sales quota of 87 percent. The absolute top sale among the more than 100 pre- and post-war classics this year was a 1929 Cord L-29 Special “Hayes Coupe”, which was sold for a price of 2.42 million US dollars, the equivalent of around 1.84 million euros, was sold.
Recently restored design icon disappointed
That was well ahead of the 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron, who went into the auction with an estimate of 1.5 to 2.0 million US dollars, but clearly missed it with a sales price of one million US dollars. The former pace car of the Indy 500 race of 1941 did not live up to its expectations.
Other top sales at the auction were a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible for 1.21 million US dollars, the equivalent of around 920,000 euros, and a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, which went down in history as the most expensive 300 SL Roadster to be auctioned at a sales price of 990,000 US dollars (around 750,000 euros).
Further auction proceeds can be found in the photo show.
Crème de la crème of several eras
Be it a Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupé from 1930, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible or a VW Beetle Cabriolet - on March 10, 2012, numerous auctioneers again had the chance to taste the crème de la crème as part of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance fascinating vehicles from several eras.
The auction house RM Auctions was able to sell the ve The most diverse wishes are fulfilled: whether a thoroughbred sports car, a well-maintained US car or an original pace car from the Indianapolis 500 race of 1941 - there was something suitable for every classic fanatic.
We present some of the highlights of the auction:
2002 Chevrolet Corvette Riley & Scott Racing Car
At the Amelia Island auction by RM Auctions included a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Riley & Scott racing car. Paul Newman drove his last race with this car. Between 2003 and 2007 he was used by Newman in numerous races and achieved impressive results. Alone in the yearIn 2003, when the car was only used five times, the car took two first and three second places. The Trans Am Corvette, with a Riley & Scott chassis, was originally manufactured for Tom Gloy in 2002. Newman and his racing partner Michael Brockman acquired it in 2003 and repainted the Corvette in the American national colors. The vehicle was subsequently given the starting number 83. This refers to the age of 83 that Paul Newman had reached.
Four years after the death of the actor and enthusiastic motor sportsman, the car has now come under the hammer. The estimate was set at the equivalent of 190,000 to 266,000 euros. At the auction, the racing car achieved a price of 275,000 US dollars (around 201,000 euros).
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Speciale
Another highlight of the auction was the Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Speciale from 1956, which with an estimate of 1.3 million to 1.6 million US dollars, the equivalent of between 967,000 and 1.19 million euros, was also one of the most expensive lots at the auction. At the auction, the vehicle achieved a price of 1.43 million US dollars (around 1.09 million euros), making it the second most expensive auctioned lot. Awarded the Ferrari Classic Certificate and equipped with numerous special equipment, this extraordinary vehicle, as one of only four examples built, has certainly attracted the attention of numerous interested parties. The classic was also awarded numerous prizes. In 1992 it won the 'First in Class' award in Pebble Beach, among other places.
You can find more highlights and the results of this year's auction in our photo show.
2011 the auction was also a great success. Total sales of US $ 24.3 million gave RM Auctions a record. In the 13-year history of the Amelia Island auction, higher total sales had never been achieved. A sales quota of 96 percent additionally confirmed this outstanding result in 2011.
Auction dates: RM Auctions Amelia Island 2012
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Viewing dates (local time)
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. : 12:00 am
Friday, March 9th, 2012, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 10th, 2012, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Start of the auction (local time)
Saturday, March 10, 2012, 11:00 am