Bonhams has completed another successful sale in Amelia Island for 2023. Held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on March 2, 109 premium lots crossed the auction block. Of those, preliminary results show 87 were sold to new owners, amounting to a sell-through rate of 80%. Once the crowds had cleared, the auction house realized a final sales total of $12,838,563.
Finishing as the auction’s top sale was a 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series 2 at $1,930,000 — almost double its pre-sale estimate. Bidding was fierce for the Superfast, with 14 interested parties raising their paddle during the action. The intense competition was fitting as the car remained in highly original condition and was one of 12 series II, 5-speed examples produced. Furthermore, the odometer on the matching-numbers coupe showed just over 14k miles from new.
The Thomas Hendricks “Lost Jaguars” Collection also caused quite a splash in Amelia. The group was highlighted by two special big cats in the form of a 1959 Lister-Jaguar Sports Racing Two Seater and 1951 Jaguar XK120 LT3 Works Lightweight Sports Racer. Each car sold for a healthy $775k.
The Costin-bodied Lister-Jag was campaigned in multiple UK-based events in-period and was last raced the 1973 Le Mans 50th Anniversary. The LT3 works car was one of three planned — only two, LT2 and LT3, were fully completed by the factory — lightweight XK120s produced by Jaguar as backup cars for Le Mans in case the planned C-type was not ready in time. While neither would see use in the French race, the cars were saved and shipped to the U.S. with LT3 then being driven by racing legend Phil Hill on several occasions. Landing in the hands of Mr. Hendricks in 1974, LT3 has been rarely seen since.
Other notable sales from Amelia Island include a 1923 Duesenberg Model A Tourer and 1992 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Group A “BP Trampio” Racecar. The Duesie traded hands for $335k, with the hammer dropping at $379k all-in for the Skyline. Adding to the already-varied sale, a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K “La Baule” Torpedo Transformabile sold for $731k and 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe went to a new owner for $340,500.