2022 Bonhams Amelia Island Sale (Auction Results)

A 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder and 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria were the top results at the Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction.

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder front on sale in the Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction
© Bonhams

Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 Classic Car Sale

Bonhams: eighth Amelia Island sale on March 3, 2022, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club in Florida, USA.

In 2022, Bonhams earned $15 million with a 95% sell-through rate.

The 2021 auction has a relatively high 90% sell-through rate that was very encouraging for the classic car market especially given the high number of prewar and even brass era automobiles on offer.

Bonhams had the two top results at the Amelia Island 2020 auctions but the lowest sell-through rate of 76% and total earnings of $21.2 million with an average price of $240,536 (according to Hagerty).

In 2019, Bonhams earned $16 million with a respectable sell-through rate of 84%. Highlights of this sale were two dozen American antique Brass Era cars from the Don Boulton Collection.

Top Results at Bonhams Amelia Island Sale 2022

The top results at the Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction were:

YearCarPrice ($)Estimate
11955Porsche 550 Spyder4,185,0004,500,000 – 5,500,000
21929Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria1,066,500900,000 – 1,200,000
31954Jaguar XK120 SE Coupe940,000900,000 – 1,300,000
41937Riley Sprite Two Seater Sports491,750475,000 – 625,000
51914Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost489,000475,000 – 575,000
61933Bentley 3 ½ Liter Sports Tourer428,500400,000 – 600,000

Million-Dollar Results at Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 Auction

silver 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder on sale Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction
© Bonhams

Only two cars sold for more than a million-dollar at the Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction:

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

Although Gooding sold seven Porsches for over a million dollar at Amelia Island 2022, the most expensive Porsche of the week was the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder sold for $4,185,000 in the Bonhams auction. It was sold from 50 years of single-family ownership.

A seminal model for Porsche, the 1500cc 550 Spyder was the manufacturer’s first genuine racing car, earning the ‘giant killer’ soubriquet for its victories over larger-engined rivals in the most challenging races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours.

This particular car had its own racing pedigree, having been campaigned extensively in Europe, including at the Nürburgring, by its first owner, German racing driver Theo Helfrich. The Porsche was acquired in 1959 by an American military man stationed in Germany, who brought it back to the US, where it was purchased by the vendor in 1972.

Cherished for 50 years, including a factory-correct five-year restoration, the car had been under wraps since the early 2000s.

1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria

The only other car selling for over a million at the Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 sale was a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria which achieved $1,066,500. This Duesenberg with coachwork by Rollston had been the subject of an extensive restoration that had been well-preserved over recent years.

A fellow American legend set an auction world record at the Bonhams sale. Believed to be the oldest surviving Ford Model T, the 1908 Ford Model T Touring variant, extensively restored some 20 years ago, achieved $246,400, becoming the highest value example sold to date.

Top British Results at Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 Sale

1933 Bentley 3½ Liter Sports Tourer
© Bonhams

The best of British motoring was represented by two unique examples at Bonhams Amelia Island 2022. The first was a 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Coupé, the only XK120 bodied by the Italian Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, which realized $940,000. From its introduction as the 1955 Geneva Motor Show car, the Jaguar was found in a sorry state in a field in 1972 but was returned to its former glory by the vendor with a nut and bolt restoration.

Lining up with the Jaguar was the very first Rolls-Royce-built Derby Bentley, the pivotal link between the WO Bentley and Derby eras. Originally used extensively as a promotional model, this historic 1933 Bentley 3½ Liter Sports Tourer, chassis number B1AE, was driven in period by some of the greatest racing drivers including Sir Malcolm Campbell and Woolf Barnato. Offered from 60 years’ ownership, the matching numbers Bentley changed hands after six decades for $428,500.

The 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Two-Seater, sold above estimate for $335,000. One of the most unusual and striking Phantom IIs, this automobile’s one-off coachwork was designed by a former owner and built by renowned Rolls-Royce coachbuilder Hooper of London in the 1950s.

‘white glove’ result for the Charles Jacob single-owner collection of 46 motorcycles and eight cars. The 100% sold collection of largely British ‘golden age’ motorcycles and American automobiles of the classic era had been amassed over several decades by the late long-time Jacksonville, FL resident. However, Hagerty questioned the wisdom of selling motorbikes at Amelia Island and rated prices fairly weak.

Top Cars Not Sold at Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 Sale

The following were the most expensive cars failing to sell at the Bonhams Amelia Island 2022 classic car auction:

YearCarHighest BidEstimate $
1960Mercedes-Benz 300 SL RoadsterHB 1,700,0001,900,000 – 2,300,000
1938Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio CabrioletHB 1,225,0001,300,000 – 1,700,000
1957Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc CoupeHB 530,000550,000 – 650,000
1952Allard J2X Two Seater SportsHB 350,000400,000 – 450,000

Bonhams had an interesting variety of cars on offer at Amelia Island 2022. However, not all were the top choices or concourse condition vehicles. The three highest unsuccessful bids came very close to the lower estimates and there might be some seller remorse post-auction. The Roadster was actually erroneously listed as sold during the sale and $1,980,000 would have been a strong result.

Amelia Island Classic Car Auctions 2022

1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop "Goutte d’Eau" Coupe
© Gooding

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

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