12/03/2012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, 10 March 2012: Review
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible: Sold for $1,210,000
RM set three new auction records at its $23m Amelia Island sale. While top billing went to a pre-War, special-bodied Cord, observers watching live from around the world were stunned when the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible sold for $1,210,000 - a world record for a DB5 at auction.
Nearly one and a quarter million dollars, goodness me, that’s almost DB4GT money. But, then again, it’s one of only seven Vantage-spec DB5 Convertibles, itself a rare Aston. Well done, RM.
The 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupé by The Hayes Body Corporation, extravagantly styled by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, turned out to be the sale’s highest-selling car. A shoo-in for pretty well all the world’s top concours (the car was specifically commissioned for international show competition) the two-door coupé with faux fabric roof sold for $2,420,000.
1961 250 GT Series II Cabriolet: Sold for $770,000
1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupé: Sold for $2,420,000
Other cars from that elegant inter-war era finding new owners at the sale included the 1933 Packard Twelve Coupé Roadster ($352,000), the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline ($803,000) and the 1934 Lincoln KA Convertible Roadster ($192,500).
And finishing with the older cars, mention must be made of two, super-exotics from the era: the 1937 Squire 1½-Litre Drophead Coupé (a fabulous car, just nudging the $1m mark at $990,000) and the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 ‘Superprofile’ Coupé ($1,017,500, a wonderful recreation of Jean Bugatti’s original masterpiece).
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster: Sold for $990,000 (world record)
RM excelled itself with the studio photography of the black 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. A car we profiled pre-sale, the superb convertible sold for $990,000, smashing the previous record for a 300 SL Roadster sold at auction.
Six cars topped the million-dollar mark at RM’s Amelia Island event. You’d expect, quite rightly, that these would include several Ferraris, with the 1956 250 GT Coupé Speciale achieving $1,430,000, the 1972 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider $1,210,000 and the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 $1,100,000.
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet: Sold for $148,500
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: Sold for $1,100,000
Big money was also achieved by the two other, fastidiously restored Ferraris: the yellow, $363,000 1973 Dino 246 GTS and the 1961 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, a wonderful car in its original shade of Avorio that sold for $770,000.
And the last-ever car in which Hollywood film star Paul Newman won a race, the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Riley & Scott Racing Car, sold for a well-deserved $275,000. The previous lot to this was a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Vintage Racing Car. Currently historic race ready, it’s to early '80s spec (wide arches and big wheels), although it was first raced in 1972 and has the Sebring 12 Hours (1977) and Daytona 24 Hours (1978) to its credit.
For a ‘No Reserve’ $37,400, someone bought an awful lot of event-eligible car for a modest outlay.
2002 Chevrolet Corvette Riley & Scott Racing Car, ex-Paul Newman: Sold for $275,000
Ah, the excitement of the saleroom... and, speaking of which, what happened to the cutesy 1958 DKW Universal Kombi Wagon? Well, the characterful Willow Green/Champagne Yellow station wagon sold for $60,500. What a great car to have in your garage; something to raise a smile on the dreariest of days.
1936 Harley-Davidson VLD: Sold for $24,750
1960 Porsche 356B 1600 T5 Super 90 Roadster: Sold for $242,000