The top cars on offer at the various Amelia Island 2020 collector car auctions are a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider, a Bugatti Type 55, and a Jaguar C-Type.
The most-expensive car on offer at the various Amelia Island 2020 classic car auctions is a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, estimate $9 to 11 million, at Gooding. The leading cars at Bonhams are a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sports Roadster, estimate $6.5 to 9.5 million, and a 1952 Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing Two Seater, estimate $6.5 to 7.5 million. The RM Sotheby’s auction is led by a modern supercar, a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, estimate $2,750,000 to 3,000,000. The top 27 cars on offer have top estimates of a million dollar or more. Fewer top Ferraris, Porsches, and modern hypercars will be on offer at Amelia Island 2020 than at most recent major car auctions.
Top 30 Cars on Offer at Amelia Island 2020
The 30 most-expensive cars on offer at the various Amelia Island 2020 auctions in March 2020 in Florida, USA, are:
|Year||Car||Estimate ($)||Auction House|
|1||1958||Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider||9,000,000 – 11,000,000||Gooding|
|2||1932||Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster||6,500,000 – 9,500,000||Bonhams|
|3||1952||Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing Two Seater||6,500,000 – 7,500,000||Bonhams|
|4||1907||Renault Type AI 35/45 HP Vanderbilt Racer||Refer to Department||Bonhams|
|5||2003||Ferrari Enzo||2,750,000 – 3,000,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|6||1914||Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpedo Phaeton||2,700,000 – 3,500,000||Gooding|
|7||2017||Lamborghini LP 770-4 Centenario||2,000,000 – 2,500,000||Gooding|
|8||1967||Ferrari 330 GTS||1,800,000 – 2,200,000||Bonhams|
|9||1938||Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D’Ieteren||1,500,000 – 2,000,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|10||1907||American Underslung 50 hp Roadster||1,500,000 – 1,800,000||Bonhams|
|11||1930||Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy||1,400,000 – 1,800,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|12||1969||Lamborghini Miura P400 S||1,400,000 – 1,800,000||Gooding|
|13||1961||Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II||1,400,000 – 1,700,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|14||1963||Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso||1,300,000 – 1,600,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|15||1976||Porsche 934||1,250,000 – 1,600,000||Gooding|
|16||1932||Duesenberg Model J Stationary Victoria by Rollston||1,200,000 – 1,400,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|17||1992||Ferrari F40||1,200,000 – 1,400,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|18||1957||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster||1,000,000 – 1,300,000||Gooding|
|19||1987||Porsche 959 Komfort||1,000,000 – 1,250,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|20||2019||McLaren Senna||1,000,000 – 1,200,000||Gooding|
|21||1972||Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spider||900,000 – 1,100,000||Gooding|
|22||1958||Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster||900,000 – 1,100,000||Bonhams|
|23||1962||Aston Martin DB4 Series 4 GT-Engined Saloon||900,000 – 1,100,000||Bonhams|
|24||1930||Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood||850,000 – 1,000,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|25||1931||Invicta 4 ½ Litre S-Type Low Chassis Sports Tourer||850,000 – 1,000,000||Bonhams|
|26||2009||RUF CTR3||800,000 – 1,000,000||Gooding|
|27||2017||Ford GT||800,000 – 1,000,000||Gooding|
|28||1939||Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff||800,000 – 950,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|29||1931||Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Fifth Series Cabriolet||800,000 – 900,000||Bonhams|
|30||2016||Ferrari F12tdf||750,000 – 800,000||Gooding|
Note: Unless where clearly stated otherwise, this article only takes into account cars offered at Bonhams, Gooding, and RM Sotheby’s.
Top Three Cars at Amelia Island 2020
The three most-expensive cars on offer at the Amelia Island 2020 classic car auctions are:
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider (Estimate: $9,000,000 – $11,000,000), chassis 0937 GT, is by far the most expensive car on offer at Gooding Amelia Island 2020. It is somewhat surprisingly the only multi-million-dollar classic Ferrari on sale at Amelia Island 2020.
This California Spider was the seventh of the 50 LWB California Spiders built and features the ultra-desirable covered headlights arrangement as well as an extremely rare factory hardtop. It was sold new to a resident in Geneva and was later owned by pioneering Ferrari collectors in Switzerland and Japan.
Chassis 0937 GT was restored by Tillack & Co. and made its debut in 2007 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it was awarded a class award in the competitive Ferrari GT class. It is currently in a dark red over tan color scheme and equipped with its distinctive factory hardtop and Borrani wire wheels.
The only other top-ten classic Ferrari is the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS at Bonhams. A good car but without any special story.
The Amelia Island record seems safe: $17,160,000 paid for a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWM California Spider at the Gooding 2016 sale.
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster
The second-most-expensive automobile at the Amelia Island 2020 auctions is a magnificent classic 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster (estimate $ 6,500,000 – 9,500,000) at Bonhams. This genuine 1931 supercharged model with stunning Jean Bugatti-designed factory coachwork was sold new to the future Baron Rothschild.
The red and black Bugatti Type 55 is sold from the estate of Dean S. Edmonds Jr. who owned it for the past three decades. He bought this Bugatti for £440,000 in 1985 – at the time the most-expensive car ever sold in Britain. Under his ownership, the Bugatti was restored and won First in Class at Pebble Beach in 1993.
Several further classic Bugattis will be on offer at the Amelia Island 2020 auctions including a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D’Ieteren and 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff at RM Sotheby’s.
1952 Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing Two Seater
The third-most-expensive car on offer at Amelia Island 2020 is also at Bonhams: a 1952 Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing Two Seater, estimate $6,500,000 – 7,500,000. This car was originally delivered in the USA to Commander John “Jack” Rutherford of Florida, who raced it at Daytona Beach.
Top Supercars at Amelia Island 2020
Modern hypercars are playing a remarkably small role at the various Amelia Island 2020 collector car auctions. The newest million-dollar car at Bonhams is a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS while RM Sotheby’s is offering only one top 21st-century car, and Gooding four.
A 2003 Ferrari Enzo, estimate $2,750,000 – 3,000,000, is the leading car at RM Sotheby’s. It is one of just 399 examples built. In 2005, the car joined the renowned Lingenfelter Collection, where it has been carefully maintained and kept in climate-controlled storage. The Rosso Corsa over red leather interior Enzo has only 1,700 miles on the clock.
The 2017 Lamborghini LP 770-4 Centenario Roadster, estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000, at Gooding is one of only 20 examples ever built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth. The Centenario, powered by a tuned version of the Aventador’s 6.5-liter V-12 engine, is capable of speeds up to 220 mph, and can accelerate to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. This unique Lamborghini has traveled just 665 miles since new and is finished in distinctive two-tone Blue Cepheus and Blue Hera livery with silver pinstripe accents over a Nero Ade interior.
Gooding will offer an as-new 2019 McLaren Senna and a 2017 Ford GT – bidding on similar models failed to reach a million dollars at recent auctions with prices clearly lower than were paying for the first cars to have tested the auction market.
RM Sotheby’s has a 1992 Ferrari F40 and a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, a model not that often seen at recent auctions. The last 959 to have sold for over a million dollar was at Scottsdale 2018.
Antique Cars at Amelia Island 2020
The antique cars – whether classified as veteran, vintage, brass era, or Edwardian – are the more interesting category at Amelia Island 2020. A wide range are available with Bonhams alone selling 16 pre-First World War cars from a single collection.
The top pre-First World War car at Amelia Island 2020 is likely to be the 1907 Renault Type AI 35/45HP Vanderbilt Racer with coachwork by Renault Frères at Bonhams. It was commissioned by Willie K Vanderbilt for American racing and one of four survivors in the USA. It is in a highly original condition and at Pebble Beach 2016 won the Pre-War Racing class, The Phil Hill Trophy and the Revs institute award. No pre-sale estimate has been released but the expectation is clearly above $2 million.
The Edwardian brass-era 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton, chassis 67RB, estimate: $2,700,000 – $3,500,000, is another top antique car at Gooding. This chassis was fitted with a sporting open torpédo coachwork by Kellner Frères of Paris before being sold in Portugal. The restored Rolls-Royce won Most Elegant Open Car, Revs Program at Stanford Award, First in Class, and was one of three Best of Show finalists at Pebble Beach 2015. This Silver Ghost has also achieved a class win and the Chairman’s Award at the Concours d’Elegance of America in 2017, the Most Elegant Rolls-Royce Trophy at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, and certification by FIVA.
A 1907 American Underslung 50 hp Roadster at Bonhams is also likely to be a top-ten car at Amelia Island 2020. The sale will also include two early Benz cars: the c.1897 Benz 10hp Mylord-Coupe, estimate US$ 500,000 – 750,000, and a 1911 Benz 50hp Victoria with coachwork by Demarest, estimate US$ 400,000 – 500,000.
1930s Classics at Amelia Island 2020
In addition to the Bugatti Type 55, several further top classic 1930s cars will go under the hammer at Amelia Island 2020.
RM Sotheby’s is offering two rare Type 57 Bugattis: a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D’Ieteren and a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff. The former the more interesting car with a unique three-seat body fitted by Belgian coachbuilder Albert D’Ieteren.
RM Sotheby’s also offers three large American 1930s classics:
- A one-off 1932 Duesenberg Model J Stationary Victoria by Rollston, J-490, (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000) is from the esteemed collection of John D. Groendyke.
- An exceptional 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy, J-143, estimate $1,400,000 – $1,800,000, from the Keith Crain Collection offered without reserve, and
- The 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood, (Est. $850,000 – $1,000,000), also from the Keith Crain Collection and offered without reserve.
Amelia Island Classic Car Auctions 2020
Amelia Island 2020 Classic Car Auction Results
- Bonhams – Amelia Island 2020 Auction Results
- Gooding – Amelia Island 2020 Auction Results
- RM Sotheby’s – Amelia Island 2020 Auction Results
Amelia Island 2020 Classic Car Auction Previews
- Amelia Island 2020 – General Auctions Presale Overview
- Bonhams: Amelia Island 2020 Classic Car Auction Preview
- Gooding: Amelia Island 2020 Classic Car Auction Preview
- RM Sotheby’s: Amelia Island 2020 Classic Car Auction Preview
Amelia Island 2020 Classic Car Auction Announcements
- Bonhams: Steve McQueen Con-Ferr Buggy Meyers Manx
- Bonhams: Dean S. Edmonds Estate (including Bugatti Type 55)
- Gooding: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
- Gooding: Brass Era 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
- Gooding: Modern Supercars
- RM Sotheby’s: Amelia Island Highlights
- RM Sotheby’s: Keith Crain Collection (incl. Duesenberg Model J)
Amelia Island Classic Car Auctioneers 2020
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.