Gooding announced a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe (Estimate: In excess of $10,000,000) as lead car for the Amelia Island 2022 sale.
NOTE: The 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe sold for $13,425,000 as the most expensive French car ever sold at public auction.
A Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe is the lead car for the Gooding Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction — it comes with a whopping presale estimate in excess of $10 million. Two further highlights announced are a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® First in Class-winning 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback and a one-off, concours-restored 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sports Coupe, dubbed by the automotive press in period as “The Honeymoon Express.”
Gooding Amelia Island 2022 Auction
Gooding & Company: Amelia Island Auction on March 4, 2022, at the Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Resort, Florida, USA.
2022 was the most successful Amelia Island auction ever for Gooding with $69,209,480 earned in sales and a 94% sales rate from 93 out of 99 lots sold. The average price per car was $744,188.
In 2021, Gooding held an online auction in place of the regular Amelia Island sale.
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.
Pebble Beach First in Class Winners at Gooding Amelia Island 2022
Gooding announced three cars that were awarded First in Class at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for sale in the Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction:
1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe
The lead car for the Gooding Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction is a stunning 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe (Estimate: In excess of $10,000,000). Considered by many to be one of the most enduringly beautiful automobiles of all time, the creation of the Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Goutte d’Eau, or Teardrop, was born out of a collaboration between Anthony Lago and Joseph Figoni, two Italian-born visionaries who became fixtures in the vibrant Parisian automotive scene throughout the late 1930s.
The T150-C-SS was sold as a bare chassis and priced in the same realm as the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 and Bugatti Type 57S. Between 1937 and 1939, Talbot-Lago produced an extremely limited number of these chassis, which were bodied by a variety of coachbuilders. The most spectacular T150-C-SS examples were those bodied by Figoni et Falaschi. Of all of Joseph Figoni’s splendid designs throughout the span of his influential career, his undisputed masterpiece was his aerodynamic coupe for Talbot-Lago, which is now universally known as the Teardrop. Figoni et Falaschi built only about 10 Style 9220 Teardrop Coupes on Talbot-Lago’s ultimate T150-C-SS chassis.
The Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS, chassis 90107, on offer at Gooding Amelia Island 2020 is often regarded as the most beautiful and unique of the Figoni-bodied Teardrops, based on the most extreme variation of the design featuring all-aluminum coachwork with fully enveloping, skirted front fenders. Only two bodies with this unique feature were produced, and today, 90107 is the sole surviving example with its original body intact.
Immediately revered for its awe-inspiring elegance and exceptional beauty, the car was exhibited at the 1938 Concours d’Elegance Fémina in Paris, where it was presented by Princess Stella de Kapurtha and awarded the Prix d’Excellence. Since then, the T150-C-SS has maintained a well-documented history under the care of some of the world’s greatest estates.
This provenance includes ownership by the young visionary collector Tommy Lee, 50 years of careful storage and conservation by Lindley Locke, and more recently, time with the famed Nethercutt Collection. During its time with the Nethercutt Collection, the Talbot-Lago was treated to a complete ground-up restoration in its original colors, carried out to the collection’s famously exacting standards. Following the work, 90107 debuted at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, where it earned a well-deserved First in Class trophy. This was followed by a string of Best of Show awards, including its outing at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
The Talbot-Lago marque record is $7,150,000 achieved by a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi at the RM Auctions Art of the Automobile Sale in 2013. More recently, the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi, chassis no. 90110, sold for €3,360,000, ($3,757,000) as the top result at the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba 2017 classic car auction.
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback
Another Pebble Beach show car is the 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback (Estimate: $2,000,000 – $2,500,000), which seems to aim for another model record auction. The H.J. Mulliner-bodied Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback is widely considered to be one of the most beautifully designed and proportioned automobiles of the postwar era. It embodies the essence of 1950s luxury grand touring, and upon its release, was the world’s fastest four-seater with a top speed of 120 mph, as well as the world’s most expensive production car. Just 192 were built, and they evoked effortless performance with a lightweight, aerodynamic execution.
This specific car, chassis BC38LC, was built for famed American racer and sportsman Bill Spear, and is one of just 23 left-hand-drive, center-shift R-Type Continentals ever produced. Following its ownership by Spear, the car later passed to His Highness Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, and a respected, Swiss-based collector. In early 2007, the R-Type underwent a stunning restoration performed by the renowned P & A Wood outside of London. Once complete, the Bentley took part in the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, where it earned the First in Class award.
1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sports Coupe
For the smaller budget, the 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sports Coupe (Estimate: $700,000 – $900,000) is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of Art Deco-inspired design with numerous modern and unique features. This 4 1/4 Litre Bentley was constructed on the advanced MR-series chassis, and bodied by Park Ward Ltd. for display on their stand at the Earls Court Motor Show in late 1938.
Designed strictly as a two-place automobile, with only luggage space behind the seats, it was this configuration, coupled with the power-activated rear window privacy shade, that prompted the motoring press to dub this creation the “The Honeymoon Express.”
This car, chassis B30MR, has been owned and carefully maintained by various collectors for over 80 years, and underwent an extensive restoration in the UK, which was completed in 2011. Since then, The Honeymoon Express has gone on to win several designations and awards, including a class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 2015, and First in Class honors at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2016.
Amelia Island Classic Car Auctions 2022
Top Amelia Island 2022 Auctions
The top auctions at Amelia Island are by:
- RM Auctions at the Ritz Carlton hotel on 5 March 2022.
- Gooding & Co at the Omni Amelia Island Resort on 4 March 2022
- Bonhams at the Fernando Beach Golf Club on 3 March 2022
Amelia Island 2022 Auction Results
- Amelia Island 2022 Auctions Results Overview
- Gooding: Amelia Island Auction 2022 Results
- Bonhams: Amelia Island Auction 2022 Results
- RM Sotheby’s: Amelia Island Auction 2022 Results
Amelia Island 2022 Auction Previews
Amelia Island 2022 Pre-Sale Announcements
- Bonhams: 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
- Gooding: Talbot-Lago Teardrop Coupe
- Gooding: Racing Porsches Announced (935 & 911 Carrera RSR)
- Gooding: Top Porsches Announced (718 RSK, 964 Carrer RS 3.8, Carrera GT)
- Gooding: American Classics (Pair of Packard Model 904s and 1960s Corvettes)
- Gooding: Toyota-Shelby 2000 GT (Like Most Expensive Japanese Car Ever)
- Gooding: Works Porsche 904/6
- Gooding: BMW 507 Roadster
- Gooding: Italian Classic Sportcars (330 GTS, 275 GTB, OSCA MT4)
- RM Sotheby’s: Modern Hypercars (LaFerrari, Chiron Sport, McLaren Speedtail)
Amelia Island 2021 Auction Results