2017 Gooding Amelia Island Auction (Racing Cars Announcement)

A Mazda 767B, a McLaren M1B and several Porsches, including a 934/5, are amongst the top racing cars on offer at Gooding Amelia Island 2017.

1989 Mazda 767B
1989 Mazda 767B © Gooding

Gooding & Company announced several racecars for its Amelia Island auction in early March 2017. The rotary engine 1989 Mazda 767B (estimate: $1,800,000-$2,400,000) was a Le Mans class winner in 1990 while a 1966 McLaren M1B (estimate: $275,000-$325,000) is from the early years of the brand. Several Porsche racing cars will also be offered including to flat-sixes that are expected to sell for well above a million dollar each: a 1977 Porsche 934/5 that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship, a 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSR that was never raced.

Gooding & Co Amelia Island Auction 2017

Gooding & Co will hold its traditional Amelia Island classic car auction on March 10, 2017, at Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, in Florida, USA. RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams will also have collector car sales during the same weekend.

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

In 2016, Gooding had a record sale in Amelia Island earning $60 million from 79 cars on offer. The sell-through rate was 87% with an average price of $871,915 per car sold. The 2016 sale memorably included 14 Porsches from the Jerry Seinfeld Collection.

In 2016, Gooding also set a new Amelia Island auction record of $17,160,000 for a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider.

Top Racing Cars at Gooding Amelia Island 2017

1989 Mazda 767B

1989 Mazda 767B
1989 Mazda 767B © Gooding

Mazda and rotary enthusiasts consider the 767B to be the most iconic race car to ever come out of Japan. The 1989 Mazda 767B, chassis 003, (estimate: $1,800,000-$2,400,000) is one of three cars built by Mazdaspeed for the 1989 season. Driven by Yojiro Terada, Marc Duez, and Volker Weidler, 003 earned a respectable third in the GTP class and 12th overall at the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans. In October 1989, at the Fuji 1000 Km, 003 placed 11th overall and second in the GTP class.

The Mazda continued to have racing success during the 1990 season, coming in 20th overall and first in the IMSA GTP class at the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans. The final race for this 767B as a factory Mazda entrant was another trip to Fuji for the 1990 Fuji 1000 Km, where it would place sixth overall and win the GTP class for the second race in a row.

Today, the Mazda has been completely restored to its 1990 specification, recently racing at the 2014 Spa Classic and the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now ready for a new enthusiastic owner, this highly important endurance 767B embodies all that was so exciting and compelling about prototype racing in the 1980s.

1977 Porsche 934/5

1977 Porsche 934/5
1977 Porsche 934/5 © Gooding

The Porsche 934 was developed in the mid-1970s and was finally approved for IMSA competition in 1977 after various changes were made. Alternatively called the 934/5 or 934 1/2, the updated 934 was produced in a 10-car batch in 1977.

This 1977 Porsche 934/5, numbered 930 770 0956, (estimate: $1,400,000-$1,600,000) was fitted with many special features, making it a true “one-off”. Unlike the other nine 934/5 cars built, 0956 was fitted with Group 4 bodywork plus the more-powerful 600 hp engine with mechanical fuel injection, a special 930/51 transmission, and 935-type oil pump and cooler. Additionally, 0956 was the last Group 4-bodied Porsche 934 built.

The Porsche had great racing success, including consecutive Group 4 class wins at the 1979 Salzburgring DRM and 1979 Nürburgring ADAC 1000 races. At the end of the 1979 season, 0956 was rebuilt by Porsche and sold to Bruce Spicer of Spicer Porsche in Melbourne, Australia. There, 0956 was driven by John Latham for the 1980 and 1981 seasons and won all but two rounds from pole position to capture the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship.

The Porsche has been extensively restored and was returned to its 1979 “BOSS” livery. For the committed Porsche collector, this singular 934/5 stands as a top-quality example and one of the last pure 934/5s that has never been upgraded to a Porsche 935.

1993 Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSR

1993 Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSR
1993 Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSR © Gooding

The 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSR was the final version of the lightweight Carrera RS introduced two years earlier. Designed for privateers to enter international GT races, the 964 RSR was the right car for the times. The RSR became one of the most successful competition versions of the air-cooled 911 in Porsche’s history, and just 51 are believed to have been built.

This 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSR (estimate: $1,200,000-$1,400,000) was ordered as a PTS (paint to sample) example and delivered new in a striking Speed Yellow with a black interior. This car is believed to have never been raced, crashed or restored. In addition, the matching-numbers Porsche has travelled just 4,000 km since new and is offered with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and extensive documentation from Porsche archivist Jens Torner. Examples like this seldom come to market, especially with such appealing history, authenticity, and racing pedigree.

Additional racing cars on offer at Gooding Amelia Island 2017 include:

  • 1997 Porsche 993 Cup 3.8 RSR (estimate: $750,000-$950,000)
  • 1966 McLaren M1B (estimate: $275,000-$325,000)
  • 1981 Porsche 924 GTR (estimate: $250,000-$300,000)

Previously announced Porsche supercars for Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island 2017 classic car auction include a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion, a 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo S Leichtbau, a 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 and a 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS.

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