Cars to Watch: Bonhams Amelia Island 2017

Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

Bonhams’ docket for Amelia Island boasts some of the finest automobiles ever built in Britain and Germany, from a Mercedes 280SE Cabriolet to a slew of Jaguar E-Types.  These antiques are bolstered by an array of classics and modern exotics from around the world that are sure to encourage enthusiastic bidding. Our team of leasing and automotive experts will be watching the bidding closely for changes in the collector market.  Here are a few of their favorites.

1964 Jaguar E-Type Coupe

Red 1964 Jaguar E-Type Coupe

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Premier’s Southeast Sales Manager, Chris Warren, is watching the 1964 Jaguar E-Type at Lot 111. The E-Type’s 4.2 liter V-8 produces 265 bhp that, when kept in check by 4-wheel independent suspension, could achieve a top speed in excess of 150 mph. Chrome wire wheels and white wall tires only enhance what is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

1951 Allard J2

Lease a 1951 Allard J2 roadster

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The open-topped 1951 Allard J2 at Lot 135 is a favorite of our Northeast Sales Manager, Keith Neelans. The forefather of amalgams like the Shelby Cobra, the Allard came to be as a Bugatti Grand Prix car implanted with a Ford V-8.  The equation solved for a light roadster with over 300 hp and advanced suspension. This example is one of only 83 surviving J2s and, with extensive provenance, perhaps the finest.

1952 Cadillac Coupe

1952 Cadillac Coupe in black

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Michelle Yancey, our Southwest Sales Manager, is a fan of the 1952 Cadillac Coupe. A big car with a big engine and larger-than-life styling, this Cadillac is an exemplar of post-war American automobiles.  Lot 107‘s dark green metallic paint compliments the chrome accents and white wall tires that contribute to this car’s gregarious character.

1927 Bentley 4.5 Liter

1927 Bentley 4.5 Liter financing

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Juan Garcia, our West Coast Sales Manager, has his eye on the 1927 Bentley 4.5 Liter at Lot 121. Well-known for the stertorous roar of its massive 4.5 liter four cylinder, this Bentley further established the marque‘s reputation for reliability and power.  With 110 bhp and open coachwork by Vanden Plas, the 4.5 Liter is perfect for historic races and vintage rallies.

1986 Lamborghini Countach

Red 1986 Lamborghini Countach

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Lot 112‘s 1986 Lamborghini Countach has caught the attention of Premier’s corporate office in Woodbury, Connecticut. With the Countach, Bertone’s Marcello Gandini penned a design radically different, though no less outrageous, than the earlier Miura. This particular car is one of less than 300 more powerful examples that featured four valves per cylinder and 6 Weber downdraft carburetors.

Bonhams and Leasing with Premier

Whether you’re bidding at Bonham’s Amelia Island Auction for an avant-garde Lamborghini or an iconic, pre-war Bentley, Premier Financial Services’ Simple Lease can take the stress out of an auction. Call us today to get pre-approved to lease from auction and discover the Premier Difference.  But remember to look over your auction basics to make sure your favorite Lot doesn’t slip through your fingers.