The RM Auctions Amelia Island 2013 auction will be held Saturday, March 9th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. RM gathered more than 80 automobiles for the single-day auction, which will again act as a prelude to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

A total of eight automobiles offered at the 15th annual RM Auctions Amelia Island sale are estimated to sell for $1,000,000 or more, headlined by the 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe that could fetch $3,500,000 to $5,000,000. Designed by J. Herbert Newport with coachwork by Walker-LaGrande, chassis J-530 was originally purchased by Chicago banker John Nichols before passing through a chain of well-known enthusiasts and into the hands of its current owner in the early-1990s.

In addition to the headline Duesenberg, other notables consignments include a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta by Carrozzeria Touring (Est. $1,500,000 – $1,750,000); a Saoutchik-bodied 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Series II Cabriolet (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,750,000); a 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta by Vignale (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,400,000 ) and the 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet with one-off coachwork by Voll and Ruhrbeck (Est. Unavailable).

Another featured consignment is the 1948 Tucker 48, the third of 51 produced, and the first to feature the valance panel between the body and the front bumper. Chassis 1003 is well-documented from new, having being owned by filmmaker George Lucas at one point. (Lucas was executive producer of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film Tucker: The Man and His Dream). It has since been extensively and authentically restored by marque experts, with special attention paid to its drivability and reliability (Est. $1,500,000 – $1,900,000).

(RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island Sale 2013 – View Digital Catalog)

The 2013 RM Auctions Amelia Island sale will also lift the gavel on three customized pedal cars, benefiting the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus Program in Los Angeles. Created in 2012 as part of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s ‘Deuce’ Week celebration of the ’32 Ford’s 80th anniversary, some of the industry’s leading hot rod builders were invited to put their mark on a 1932 Ford Roadster Pedal Car. The resulting hot rod pedal cars are one-off collectibles offered without reserve and estimated to achieve between $8,000 and $12,000 each when they cross the auction podium. Proceeds raised will help fund the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus Program at the Petersen Automotive Museum which brings students from underserved schools to the museum to learn about automotive history.

In 2012, RM Auctions offered 106 automobiles for sale, with 92 finding a new owner, reflecting an 87% sales rate. Total sales volume was $22,014,850, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $239,291. Top sale went to a 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe at $2,420,000, followed by the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale for $1,430,000 and the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible that made $1,210,000. (See 2012 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, Florida on Saturday, March 9th, 2013. A preview will be held from 10am – 6pm on March 7th and 8th, followed by the auction on March 9th from 11am. Admission to the preview requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue for $80 which admits two people. Admission to the auction is limited to registered bidders. Bidder registration is $200 US and includes an official catalogue and admission for two to the preview and auction.

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RM Auctions Amelia Island 2013 – Auction Preview

1948 Tucker 48
1948 Tucker 48 – Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,900,000. One of 51 built; third Tucker pilot-production car; Formerly owned by Bill Pettit and film legend George Lucas; Extensively and authentically restored. (photo: Pawel Litwinski)
1970 Porsche 908-3 Race Car
1970 Porsche 908/3 – Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,700,000. Number four of 13 examples produced; Just four private owners over 37 years; Factory test-chassis; restoration completed in 2005; Recognized as authentic by the Porsche factory. (photo: Ned Jackson)
1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster D
1959 Porsche 356A 1600 ‘Speedster D’ – Estimate $150,000 – $200,000. Single model year Convertible D converted to Speedster configuration in period; Numerous performance upgrades; Concours winner, three times at the Brumos Oktoberfest; factory Kardex and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta by Carrozzeria Touring – Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,750,000. One of 13 built; Concours-quality restoration; 2012 Quail Motorsports Gathering Best Pre-War Alfa Romeo; 1998 Pebble Beach Most Elegant Closed Car. (photo: Neil Fraser)
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB – Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,300,000. Low-mileage, numbers-matching example; Single ownership for the last 37 years; time-capsule originality; One of only approximately 250 short-nose examples produced; FCA National Concours winner; Ferrari Classiche certified. (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta Vignale
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta – Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,400,000. Bodied by Vignale; One of six 225S competition berlinettas; Second in Class, 8th place overall at the 1953 12 Hours of Sebring; Overall winner at the 1955 Cuban Sports Car Grand Prix; One of two berlinettas constructed on the ‘Tuboscocca’ chassis; Offered from 38 continuous years of recent ownership. (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – Estimate $800,000 – $1,000,000. Finished in metallic silver-blue with a tan interior; featuring Rudge knock-off wheels, fitted luggage, and a factory hardtop. (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,250,000. Single family ownership since new; restored by specialist Don Witherspoon; fitted with reversible modern comfort upgrades. (photo: Kim Warmolts)