The wait for festivities to commence in Amelia Island is almost over. The grand finale takes place Sunday, March 6, with The Amelia Concours d’Elegance at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, but the excitement begins much earlier. Make sure to peruse the auction catalogs from Bonhams, Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby’s using the links below — and don’t miss out on the chance to acquire that once-in-a-lifetime automobile.
The first to see cars roll across the stage is Bonhams with The Amelia Island Auction, slated for Thursday, March 3 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Auction action begins at 10 am, with automobilia and motorcycles followed by motorcars at 1 pm. The Bonhams Pavilion is open for preview Wednesday, March 2 from 9 am to 7 pm, and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm.
Stars of the sale include a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder (Est. $4.5m–$5.5m) with period race history at venues including the Nürburgring, and a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria (Est. $900k–$1.2m) bodied by Rollston and sold from long-term ownership. Sure to sparkle under the Florida sun is the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster (Est. $1.9m–$2.3m) in one-off factory ordered Uranium Yellow.
Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company, set-up at the Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island, will hold its auction Friday, March 4, beginning at 11 am EST. Be sure to stop by and admire the cars in-person during Gooding & Co.’s preview on Thursday, March 3 from 9 am to 6 pm and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
The docket is packed with headline-worthy cars, most notable among them is a 1937 Talbot-Lago-C-SS Teardrop coupe by Figoni et Falaschi (Est. In excess of $10m) and a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK (Est. $2.5m–3.5m), one of 34 produced and an example with extensive in-period race history. On the American front, the 1932 Packard 904 Deluxe Eight Individual Custom Stationary coupe is must-see (Est. $1.8m–$2.4m). One of two in existence, the Packard benefits from a beautiful recent restoration.
The official auction of The Amelia Concours d’Elegance, RM Sotheby’s auction at the Ritz-Carlton begins at 11 am on Saturday, March 4. The auction venue at the Ritz is open for preview on Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4, from 10 am to 7 pm.
RM Sotheby’s auction lineup is filled with iconic automobiles from every era. Some of the many highlights include a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra (Est. $1.1m–$1.3m), retaining its numbers matching V8 engine, and a rare 1971 Porsche 914/6 M471 homologation special (Est. $475k–$525k) used a factory demonstrator, and one of only 23 factory-built examples. No auction is complete without a beautiful open-top classic Ferrari, and RM has that covered with a matching-numbers 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS (Est: $1.6m–$2m) finished in beautiful Rosso. The early example is the sixth built in the production run of 200.