A 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for $18 million to top the results at the Gooding Amelia Island 2023 classic car auction.
Gooding set a new Amelia Island auction week record when a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for $18,045,000, as the most expensive car ever sold during an Amelia Island sale. The top five results at the Gooding sale were for Ferraris while a total of 15 cars sold for over a million dollars each.
Gooding Amelia Island 2023 Auction
Gooding & Company: Amelia Island Auction on March 3, 2023, at the Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Resort, Florida, USA. Gooding is skipping Scottsdale, Arizona, in January 2023 but traditionally performed strongly at Amelia Island.
In 2023, Gooding achieved a record $72,676,1888 by selling 148 of 155 lots for a 95% sell-through rate. The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for $18,045,000 to set a new Amelia Island classic car auction record.
Gooding previous earnings at Amelia Island auctions included:
- 2022 — $69,209,480 earned, its most successful Amelia Island auction ever, a 94% sell-through rate with 93 out of 99 lots sold. The average price per car was $744,188.
- 2021, Gooding held an online auction in place of the regular Amelia Island sale.
- 2020 — $20,785,080, 93%, selling 83 of 89 lots.
- 2019 — $22 million, 88%, selling 78 of 89 lots.
- 2018 — $35.5 million, 94%, selling 81 of 86 lots.
- 2017 — $30.5 million, 78%, selling 69 of 88.
- 2016 — $60 million, 87%. The 2016 sale memorably included 14 Porsches from the Jerry Seinfeld Collection.
Million-Dollar Results at Gooding Amelia Island 2023 Sale
The top 15 results at the Gooding Amelia Island 2023 classic car auction were:
|1||1962||Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider||18,045,000|
|2||1953||Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II||3,525,000|
|3||1967||Ferrari 275 GTB/4||3,525,000|
|5||1973||Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider||2,535,000|
|6||1931||Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan||2,205,000|
|7||1965||Ferrari 275 GTB||2,040,000|
|8||1964||Ferrari 500 Superfast||2,012,500|
|9||1958||BMW 507 Series II||1,820,000|
|10||1962||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster||1,792,500|
|11||1963||Ferrari 250 GT Lusso||1,765,000|
|12||1955||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing||1,737,500|
|13||1998||RUF Turbo R||1,550,000|
|14||1955||Alfa Romeo 1900 C SSZ||1,545,000|
|15||1998||RUF Turbo R Cabriolet||1,022,500|
Top Results at the Gooding Amelia Island Classic Car Auction 2023
Gooding & Company sold half of the top 10 lots of the Amelia Island 2023 classic car auction week. The five most expensive cars in the Gooding sale were all Ferraris:
New Amelia Island Auction Record
The most expensive car sold during the Amelia Island 2023 Auctions, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, achieved $18,045,000 to set a new Amelia Island record. A clear crowd favorite among all of the spectators in the tightly packed room, the desirable California Spider deservedly earned its title as the most valuable car ever sold at auction in Amelia Island with its stunning, one-off aquamarine-hued Azzurro Metallizzato exterior and preferred covered headlight treatment.
The five SWB California Spiders sold at auction since 2014 were:
|Year||Model||Price ($)||Auctioneer||Auction||Auction Year|
|1961||Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider||15,180,000||Gooding||Pebble Beach||2014|
|1961||Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider||16,830,000||Gooding||Pebble Beach||2015|
|1961||Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider||17,160,000||Gooding||Amelia Island||2016|
|1962||Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider||18,045,000||Gooding||Amelia Island||2023|
|1961||Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider||18,649,760||Artcurial||Paris||2015|
Four of the last five SWB California Spiders sold at auction were bought in a Gooding sale. The model record is $18,649,760 paid at the Artcurial 2015 Paris sale for a highly original, unrestored California Spider that was one of 59 barn-find cars from the Baillon Collection.
Other Top Ferrari Results
An immediate postwar competition veteran, the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II sold for an impressive $3,525,000. Just before the sale, Gooding & Company was proud to announce that this vehicle had a combined acceptance to two forthcoming 1000 Miglia events and was also the recipient of the 1000 Miglia’s Amelia Island 2023 Spirit of 1000 Miglia Award.
A largely original, unrestored low-mileage 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 performed well at market, achieving $3,525,000, as did the exceptional 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, which sold for $2,535,000. Representing Maranello’s more modern supercars, the time capsule, US-specification 1990 Ferrari F40 sold for $3,085,000.
Other Top Results at Gooding Amelia Island 2023
Additional top lots included a sophisticated prewar 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, which achieved $2,205,000, and the 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SSZ, which sold for $1,545,000, setting a new world record at auction for the 1900 model. German blue-chip classics, such as the 1958 BMW 507 Series II, which sold for $1,820,000, and the 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, which brought in $1,792,500, also confirmed that they continue to be highly sought-after collectibles.
Further, Gooding set an important world record with the 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, which realized $967,500 and became the most valuable Dino 246 GTS to ever sell at auction. A magenta-colored 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa climbed in value to $201,600, and a 1951 Cisitalia 202 SC Gran Sport Cabriolet set a world record at auction for the model when it sold for $720,000.
Highly desirable selections from Pfaffenhausen were offered with RUF//The Collection, including the Blutorange1998 RUF Turbo R, which realized $1,550,000, and the 1997 RUF BTR2, which set a new world record at auction for the BTR2 model when it achieved $720,000.
Amelia Island Classic Car Auctions 2023
Top Amelia Island 2023 Auctions
The top auctions at Amelia Island are by:
- Bonhams at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on 2 March 2023
- Broad Arrow at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island on 3-4 March 2023
- Gooding & Co at the Omni Amelia Island Resort on 3 March 2023
- RM Auctions at Fernandina Beach on 2 March 2023.
Amelia Island 2023 Auction Results
- Amelia Island 2023 Million-Dollar Results Overview
- Gooding Amelia Island 2023 Auction Results
- RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2023 Auction Results
Amelia Island 2023 Pre-Sale Announcements
- Gooding: Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
- Gooding: More Top Ferraris
- Gooding: 1950s German Sportscars
- Gooding: Four RUF Cars
Previous Amelia Island Auction Results
- 2022: Overview, Bonhams, Gooding, RM Sotheby’s
- 2021: Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s