2020 Gooding Amelia Island Sale (Brass Era Rolls-Royce Announcement)

A brass era 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton is offered at the 2020 Gooding Amelia Island classic car auction.

1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton on offer at 2020 Gooding Amelia Island auction
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Gooding & Company announced an Edwardian, brass-era 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton (Estimate: $2,700,000 – $3,500,000) for its 11th annual Amelia Island Auction in March 2020. The recently restored Rolls-Royce won First in Class and was one of the three Best of Show finalists at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Gooding Amelia Island 2020 Auction

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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider Amelia Island Record (2016) © Gooding

Gooding & Company scheduled its Amelia Island Auction on March 6, 2020, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Florida, USA.

In 2020, Gooding earned $20,785,080 at the Amelia Island auction by selling 83 of 89 lots with a sell-through rate of 93%. The average price was $250,422.

In 2019, Gooding earned $22 million at Amelia Island selling 78 of 89 lots offered for a respectable sell-through rate of 88%.

In 2018, Gooding earned $35.5 million with a high 94% sell-through rate – 81 of 86 lots were sold. In 2017, Gooding gained $30.5 million with a sell-through rate of 78% with 69 of 88 lots offered sold. However, Gooding earned a record $60 million at Amelia Island in 2016, when the sell-through rate was 87%. The 2016 sale memorably included 14 Porsches from the Jerry Seinfeld Collection.

1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton at Gooding Amelia Island 2020

A magnificently restored Edwardian brass-ear 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton, chassis 67RB, estimate: $2,700,000 – $3,500,000, is one of the leading cars for the Gooding Amelia Island 2020 classic car auction.

The ever-iconic Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP has always been considered the benchmark model from the famed British company. Better known as the Silver Ghost, the 40/50 HP is celebrated for its driving ease and reliability, which warranted the title “the best car in the world” by the Pall Mall Gazette in November 1911. Not only was the Silver Ghost state-of-the-art for its time, but the extensive testing and precise manufacturing that went into completing each individual model draws praise even to this day.

Chassis 67RB is fitted with the most desirable specifications on the pre-World War I cars including the large, London to Edinburgh carburetor and 22” radiator, a high compression engine, stronger springs, C-type steering, nickel fittings, and a four-speed gearbox. This chassis was sent to Kellner Frères of Paris in May of 1914, where it received this sporting open torpédo coachwork before being delivered to its original owner, M.M. Castanheira, through the Rolls-Royce agents Rugeroni Ltd., in Portugal.

Restored 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton

Nearly 100 years later, after being discovered in Portugal, 67RB underwent a three-year, no-expense-spared restoration conducted by Silver Ghost expert Steve Littin of Vintage & Auto Rebuilds, Inc. Chassis 67RB’s debut came at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.

The Rolls-Royce received numerous awards at its first concours including: Most Elegant Open Car, Revs Program at Stanford Award, First in Class, and was one of three Best of Show finalists. This Silver Ghost has also achieved worldwide recognition, including a class win and the Chairman’s Award at the Concours d’Elegance of America in 2017, the Most Elegant Rolls-Royce Trophy at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, and certification by FIVA, also in 2019.

This offering is a rare example that combines the best elements of the Rolls-Royce experience: the Colonial chassis, exotic torpédo coachwork by Kellner, and an award-winning restoration. This Rolls-Royce is a true prewar masterpiece that will have enthusiasts and collectors alike marveling when it graces the stage at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction.

Top Rolls-Royce Results at Public Auction

1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost „The Corgi“
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Although Rolls-Royce is one of the oldest and most-famous car brands, the “best car in the world” rarely sell for multi-million dollars at public auction. Only around ten Rolls-Royce cars have sold for over a million dollars in the past five years.

The Rolls-Royce marque record is held by the 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost „The Corgi“ with coachwork by Barker that sold for $7,343,000 (£4,705,500) at Bonhams Goodwood 2012. At the time it was the second-highest for a British-made car ever at public auction.

Amelia Island Classic Car Auctions 2020

Collection of the Estate of Dean S. Edmonds Jr on offer at Bonhams Amelia Island Sale 2020
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Keith Crain Collection on offer at RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2020 Sale
Darin Schnabel © 2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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Major auction houses with collector car sales at the Amelia Island, Florida, USA, in March 2020 include:

  • Bonhams: 5 March 2020 at Fernandina Beach Golf Club.
  • Gooding & Company: 6 March 2020 at Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
  • RM Sotheby’s: 6 & 7 March 2020 at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island.
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