12/03/2012 Gooding & Co., The Amelia Island Auction, 9 March 2012: Review
1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder: Sold for $4,400,000
Buoyed by an outstanding selection of Porsches from the Drendel Collection, Gooding & Co. grossed a whisker over $36m at its 2012 Amelia Island sale.
The top-selling car was – not unsurprisingly – the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, which achieved a top-estimate $4m on the hammer – that’s $4,400,000 with buyer’s premium.
Of the Drendel entries, all bar the 1980 Parnelli Porsche Indy Car sold, and, in addition to the ex-factory 917/30, mention must be made of the Martini Racing 1974 911 Carrera RSR Turbo ($3,245,000), the ex-Egon Evertz 1976 934 ($891,000) and the Martini Racing 1976 935/76, one of the all-time greats and worth every cent of its $2,530,000 selling price.
1971 Ferrari 365 (not 356, despite what Gooding put on its screen) GTB/4 'Daytona' Spider: $1,001,000
Watching the action live on an iPad in the UK, one could see after only a few lots that the sale was going to produce some figures. Lot 4, the yellow/green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 disappointed slightly at $275,000 (Est. $300,000 – 375,000) but then the LHD, ZF ‘box 1962 Lotus Elite Super 95 sold very well for $140,250 (Est. $100,000 – 130,000), and 10 minutes or so later came the 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder.
Against an estimate of $2.2m – 2.6m, the attractive Spyder with its original engine, transmission and bodywork went all the way for a staggering $3,685,000 - a world auction record for a Porsche 550 Spyder.
Other cars achieving impressive prices included the 1957 AC Ace Bristol ($308,000 against an upper estimate of $275,000), the $750,000 1953 Fiat 8V and the 1948 Tucker 48 which sold almost spot-on its top estimate for $1,320,000.
Of the few non-sellers, the mania for chrome bumper 911s has clearly abated somewhat as neither of the ‘cooking’ 911Ss found new owners, and nor did Gooding set Amelia 2012 on fire with a DB5 price; its non-selling original LHD Silver Birch coupé was comfortably bested by near-neighbour RM’s $1.2m DB5 convertible the day afterwards.