Amelia Island Auto Auctions Shatter Price Records
The final totals are in for the two auto auctions held at Amelia Island this past weekend, and the numbers are staggering. Between Friday’s Gooding & Company auction, and Saturday’s RM Auctions’ event, a total of $66,847,500 in cars were bought and sent off to new homes. Fifteen records were set at the Gooding & Co. event, while several more record highs were set on Saturday at RM Auctions sale. Nine out of the ten top sellers for Gooding & Co. were over a million dollars, while the top five for RM Auctions were also above the million plus range. The highest priced car that went across the blocks this weekend was the 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster. This lovely car sold for $6,600,000, making it the most valuable car ever sold during the Amelia Island auctions. Auctioned off by RM Auctions as part of the Pray Collection, the Delahaye is only one of two surviving short-chassis examples. First spied by Mr. Pray as a boy at the 1939 World’s Fair, Malcolm would come across the car again up close as an adult in 1964. He purchased it instantly, and would be the sole owner for the next 50 years. RELATED: See Photos of the 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Sports Roadster
If you haven’t been keeping track of 1958 BMW 507 Series II, or even if you have, your jaw likely dropped when one went for a record-setting price of $1,815,000 on Friday, only to see another 1958 507 go off to a new owner for the staggering sum of $2,420,000. Both those prices were hundreds of thousands over pre-auction estimates. Even vehicles as quirky as a 1971 Mini Moke went above pre-auction estimates. RM Auctions has a lovely example that sold for $49,500.
RELATED: See Photos of the 1958 BMW 507
Another high purchase of interest is a 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail, which sold for $3,630,000. This was the first Porsche to win a 24 hour endurance race, and a 1971 class winner at LeMans. While not a record breaking price, it was nice to see race cars selling on the high end. Porsches sold well overall this past weekend with a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight going for $1,402,500, and a 1988 Porsche 959 Sport selling for $1,100,000. All cars were top ten best sellers at the Gooding & Co. event.
RELATED: See Photos of the 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6
If auctions are any indication of the economy, it’s safe to say we’re in an upswing. With a wide range of cars setting records, and even modest purchases going for high bids, Amelia Island is both an indicator of the economic times, and car collectors enthusiasm for unique and exceptional purchases.
Image Credit: Gooding & Company, RM Auctions