The RM Auctions Amelia Island 2012 auction will be held on Saturday, March 10th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. RM Auctions assembled more than 100 automobiles for the single-day auction, which will again act as a prelude to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
“We’re thrilled to be returning to Amelia Island and continuing our strong track record in Northeast Florida. Being the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and hosting our event at the magnificent Ritz-Carlton—there is tremendous heritage and prestige we are proud to be a part of,” said Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions.
“This year’s offering represents the finest collection of motor cars we’ve ever brought to Amelia Island, second to none. In addition, we’re changing things up this year, hosting our sale on the ocean-front lawns at the Ritz-Carlton to take advantage of the magnificent scenery Amelia Island has to offer,” continued Myers.
RM Auctions has estimated that their Amelia Island sale may see more than ten cars garner bids in excess of $1 million, potentially headlined by the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale, s/n 0465 GT, that features rare 410 Superamerica-style, Pinin Farina Berlinetta coachwork. One of just four examples built, 0465 GT is unique among its peers thanks to numerous special-order items including gauges, telescopic steering wheel, high-bolster seats, twin fuel tanks with twin fillers and a custom lowered driver’s window crank. It carries Ferrari Classiche certification and is a multiple award-winner, most recently receiving a ‘First in Class Platinum’ award and judged ‘Most Elegant Ferrari’ at Cavallino in January 2012. The Speciale carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,300,000 – $1,600,000.
In addition to the headline Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale, other notables from Maranello include a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, s/n 1755 GT, featuring rare covered headlights and finished in its original Avorio (Ivory) color (Est. $600,000 – $800,000); a Ferrari Classiche-certified 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, s/n 15417 (Est. $1,100,000 – $1,300,000); and a matching numbers 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, s/n 09721, with recent cosmetic freshening and engine overhaul (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000).
The 2012 RM Auctions Amelia Island auction will also feature many American icons, highlighted by the 1934 Packard Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria with custom Dietrich coachwork (Estimate available upon request), 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe, called the “most important Cord” in existence (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,500,000), plus the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline, J103. The first LWB chassis built, this example was one of seven publicly unveiled at the 1929 New York Auto Show (Est. $800,000 – $1,000,000). Another American great is the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Riley and Scott Racing Car. One of three Corvettes on offer, it holds a special place in the history books as the late Paul Newman’s 2003-2007 SCCA racer in which he won his last race.
In 2011, RM Auctions offered 103 automobiles for sale, with 99 finding a new owner, reflecting a 96% sales rate. Total sales volume was $24,313,850, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $245,594. Top sale went to a 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe at $4,290,000. (See 2011 RM Auctions Amelia Island Report).
The official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, RM’s Amelia Island event returns to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island on March 10th, 2012. A preview of the auction will be held from 9am – 6pm on March 8th and 9th, followed by the auction on March 12th from 11am. An official auction catalogue is available for $120 US and admits two people to the preview and auction.
Additional consignments at RM’s 14th annual Amelia Island sale include a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,750,000); 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible, one of seven original Vantage-powered DB5 Convertibles produced (Estimate available upon request); 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster featuring original hardtop, tool roll and desirable Rudge wheels; recent complete restoration by Rudi & Company (Est. $850,000 – $1,000,000); 1913 Hispano-Suiza “King Alfonso XIII” Double Berline (Est. $750,000 – $1,000,000); supercharged 1937 Squire 1½-Liter Drophead Coupe, the only Squire bodied by preeminent English Corsica coachworks and a fabulous pre-war sports car (Estimate available upon request) and 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton, the actual pace car of the 1941 Indianapolis 500 race and subsequently owned and driven by Walter P. Chrysler Jr. (Est. $1,500,000 – $2,000,000).