RM Auctions Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - 10 March 2007 - Review

1932 Bentley 8-Liter Short Chassis Fixed Head Coupe - Sold for $962,500

1981 Porsche 935/78 "Moby Dick" Race Car - Sold for $440,000

RM Auctions enjoyed another successful Amelia Island sale, selling three cars at over the magic million dollar mark, and a total of 10 cars sold for more than $500,000 each, including the 1932 Bentley 8-Liter Short Chassis Fixed Head Coupé for $962,500.

If the ex-John L. Paul Racing 1981 Porsche 935 IMSA race car had sold (it was bid to $680,000), RM would have probably beaten last year’s figure of over $21m. As it was, the light blue/yellow 935 and 1924 Mercedes 28/95 Sport Phaeton (bid to $775,000) apart, it was a strong showing for a traditional entry of European post-War classics and inter-War super-luxury American cars like the 1932 Packard Twin Six Sport Phaeton, selling for $1,650,000, and the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton ($1,490,400).

Needless to say, the varied Shelby-related lots did well, the 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra going for $766,800, the 1965 Shelby GT350 "Supercharged" for $528,000, and the 1963 Shelby King Cobra Cooper Type 61M Monaco-Ford for $935,000. After the excesses of Arizona, US Muscle Cars were a little thinner on the ground (if that’s possible...), and you’ll have to look a little further down the top-selling list to find the 1968 Shelby GT 500KR Convertible at $225,500.

1965 Shelby GT350 "Supercharged" - Sold for $528,000

1963 Shelby King Cobra Cooper Type 61M Monaco-Ford - Sold for $935,000

Several racing Porsches were entered, and best-seller predictably was the fantastic ex-Kinnunen championship-winning 1971 Porsche 917 Spyder for $850,000. The ‘white whale’ 1981 Porsche 935/78 "Moby Dick" went $440,000 – in the scheme of things probably quite a good buy – while a nice ‘Bonneville Special’ 1955 Porsche 356 Special Coupé, timed at 151.52 mph on the famous salt flats sold for $159,500.

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Latest Entries for Legenda e Passione Auction at Maranello on May 20th

With the all-Ferrari, Maserati and significant Alfa Romeo sale at Maranello just over a couple of months away, RM in association with Sotheby's have announced more entries to the sale, one of them being none other than the ex-Scuderia Ferrari 1962 Le Mans-winning, Phil Hill / Olivier Gendenbein Ferrari 330 TRI/LM. Chassis 0808 is the only 4-litre version (with a useful 390 bhp from its Superamerica-derived V12), the last one built and undoubtedly one of the most important racing Ferraris of all time.

ex-Scuderia Ferrari 1962 Le Mans-winning, Phil Hill / Olivier Gendenbein Ferrari 330 TRI/LM
Estimate On Request

1953 Ferrari 340MM
$2,000,000 - $2,400,000

Other cars - in addition to our preview some weeks ago - include a 1953 Ferrari 340MM (Chassis 0268), estimated at $2,000,000 - $2,400,000, a 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP (Chassis 008), a car with its original 2 litre V-6 engine, gearbox and bodywork and estimated at $1,650,000 - $1,950,000, and one of the special-liveried factory car 2006 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Panamericanas, a true collectors' piece with plenty of documented history and professional video footage (est. $150,000 - $200,000).

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Text - Steve Wakefield
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