Auctions: $125 Million Weekend at The Amelia

By all accounts, the auctions at The Amelia were a grand success, with the sales from RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Gooding & Company totaling nearly $126M. The top car of the event, a 1937 Talbot Lago sold by Gooding & Company, accounted for more than 10 percent of that total. Its $13,425,000 sale price set a world record for the marque and also for French cars.

Numerous other records were broken, including for the most valuable Japanese car, Bentley Continental R and Porsche Carrera GT ever sold at auction. And, can you believe a 1974 BMW 2002tii selling for just over $100K? It all happened at The Amelia.

Congratulations to Premier Financial Services clients who took home some amazing classics and supercars for their collections.

RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of The Amelia, was the third sale to occur during the weekend and brought in $46,636,640 with an 89 percent sell-through. The top-10 sales included an intriguing cross-section of the collector-car world, with two pre-WWII models once again showing the strength of this segment.

The top sale was a concours-restoration 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria by Dietrich that sold for $4.13M, about the middle of its pre-sale estimate range. One of three known examples remaining today, this Packard won First in Class and runner-up to Best of Show at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Gold 1934 Packard Twelve convertible front right view
RM Sotheby’s top car was this 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria, for $4.130M. (Ryan Merrill ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby’s #2 car was the most valuable Ferrari of the event, a La Ferrari with only 576 original miles that sold for $3,662,500. One rung down in sale price, it was back to the pre-WWII era with a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by Murphy that sold for $3.525M, exceeding its high estimate by $1M.

Next came two of the world’s fastest cars, including the first Bugatti Chiron Sport said to sell at an auction in North America, bringing $3.360M. One of 60 built, this Bugatti was enjoyed by its seller, having racked up nearly 4,000 miles. (The 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT prototype that sold for $2.1M is not on the top-10 list, because it was sold after the auction, not as part of the bidding.)

Repeating a pattern seen at Scottsdale, a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing and a 300 SL Roadster landed in the RM Sotheby’s top-10. The 1953 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet that sold for $1.215M, one of five built, was once owned by Lucie Cunningham, daughter of racer and marque founder Briggs Cunningham.

One of the Premier Financial Services preview cars, the 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera Lightweight, sold for $1.050M, $55K below the 10th place car, a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S ‘Package’. Another Premier preview car, a 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S, was the first car across the block in this auction and brought $179,200 – 20 percent over its high estimate.

Perhaps the spirit of “Miami Vice” was in the air when spirited bidding sent a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa to sell for $321,250 – well past its $180K high estimate. One of its contemporaries, a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, set a world record sale price for this model at $687K.

Another eye-opener in the under-million-dollar club was a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan selling for $445K, about $200K above Hagerty’s estimate for a concours-condition model. The key to the value was this car being a well-preserved original with just 3,335 miles from new.

Black Ferrari La Ferrari top view
The most valuable Ferrari of the weekend, a La Ferrari with 576 original miles, sold for $3,662,500. (Robin Adams ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
Black Bugatti Chiron at Amelia Island auction
The first Bugatti Chiron Sport to sell at an auction in North America brought $3.36M. (Robin Adams ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby’s Top 10

  1. 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria — $4,130,000
  2. 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari — $3,662,500
  3. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan — $3,525,000
  4. 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport — $3,360,000
  5. 2020 McLaren Speedtail — $2,700,000
  6. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing — $2,040,000
  7. 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster — $1,545,000
  8. 1953 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet — $1,215,000
  9. 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra — $1,132,500
  10. 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S ‘Package’ — $1,105,000
Blue 1930 Duesenberg at Amelia Island auction, front right view
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan sold for $3.525M, $1M beyond high estimate. (Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)

Gooding & Company

By far the weekend’s biggest auction in terms of revenue, Gooding & Company sold 91 out of 98 lots for $66,534,480. The company called it the most successful of its auctions held in conjunction with The Amelia over the past 13 years.

Twenty percent of that total went to one car, an indescribably stunning 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi that brought $13,425,000. The top sale for the entire 2022 Amelia event, this car set a new world record for the Talbot-Lago marque at auction and also for the most valuable French automobile ever sold at auction. The pre-sale estimate was “in excess of $10M.”

1937 silver and black Talbot Lago front right view
At $13,425,000, this 1937 Talbot-Lago was the most valuable sale at the 2022 Amelia Island auctions. (Source: Gooding & Company)

The Gooding & Company Amelia Island sale can also once again claim the most valuable Japanese car sold at auction with the 1967 Toyota-Shelby 2000 GT getting a remarkable $2.535M. Though $215K under the low estimate, it was enough to put the historic Toyota in the tenth value spot for the weekend, according to Hagerty. This was the first production 2000 GT and the first of three sent to Carroll Shelby’s operation in California to campaign in SCCA C-Production for 1968. Gooding & Company had previously set the record for most valuable Japanese car sold at auction at its 2017 Amelia auction, a 1989 Mazda 767B racer that sold for $1.75M.

Gooding also set a world auction record for the Bentley R-Type Continental, a well preserved 1954 model selling for $2.975M. A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette with the Z06 race-prep package also achieved an auction record at $1,242,500.

The Gooding & Company top-10 included the next two most valuable Ferraris of the weekend, a 1991 F40 and a 1967 330 GTS.

Also of note, Gooding & Company says Porsches accounted for one third of its cars offered, and that all were sold. Eighteen came from a single collection. The #10 car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, set a record for the model at $2,012,500.

Red Ferrari F40 left side view
1991 Ferrari F40 sold for $2,452,500 – just above low estimate. (Source: Gooding & Company)
1967 Toyota 200 GT Shelby racer left side view
1967 Toyota 2000 GT Shelby racer set the record for most valuable Japanese car ever sold at auction, for $2.535M. (Source: Gooding & Company)

Gooding & Company Top 10

  1. 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe — $13,425,000
  2. 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental — $2,975,000
  3. 1959 Porsche 718 RSK — $2,975,000
  4. 1967 Toyota-Shelby 2000 GT — $2,535,000
  5. 1991 Ferrari F40 — $2,452,500
  6. 1965 Porsche 904/6 — $2,205,000
  7. 1959 BMW 507 — $2,150,000
  8. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS — $2,095,000
  9. 1998 RUF Turbo R Limited — $2,040,000
  10. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT — $2,012,500

One of Premier’s preview cars, a 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, was not in the million-dollar club, but its $285K sale price did exceed its high estimate by $10K. Also worth mentioning, a 1974 BMW 2002tii nearly doubled its estimate by selling for $100,800.

Silver 1963 Corvette Z06 coupe right side view.
A 1963 Corvette with the Z06 race-prep package achieved an auction record at $1,242,500. (Source: Gooding & Company)


The Bonhams sale was also another success, with 202 out of 213 cars sold for a total of $13.5 million. One car accounted for nearly a third of that, a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder that sold for $4.185M to a telephone bidder. This was a bit below its low estimate of $4.5M but still a stellar sale. Notably, Bonhams said this car was the first of its type offered for sale in half a century. An American serviceman stationed in Germany bought the Porsche in 1959 and brought it back to the U.S., where the consignor purchased it in 1972. 

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder left side view
As expected, this 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder was Bonhams’ top sale at its Amelia Island auction, selling for $4.185M. (Source: Bonhams)

Six of Bonhams’ top 10 were pre-WWII cars, with the #2 car, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria with coachwork by Rollston, selling for $1,066,500 — just past the middle of its pre-sale estimate.

Could anyone ever top Sir William Lyons for his great Jaguar designs? Pinin Farina gave it a go in 1954 with an Italian take on the XK120 sports car, creating a one-off aerodynamic coupe with some pre-WWII Alfa Romeo overtones. The car, which had been “found in a sorry state” in 1972, was restored to its former glory and sold for $940K, just past its low estimate.

Speaking of all things British, Bonhams had the honor of selling the first-ever Rolls-Royce-built Bentley, a 1933 3½ Liter Sports Tourer called the “pivotal link between the W.O. Bentley and Rolls-built cars.” This historic model brought $428K, just past its low estimate. The consignor had owned it since 1962.

One of Premier’s preview cars, a 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2, sold for $328K. It was the only car in the Bonhams top-10 to exceed its high estimate, doing so by $28K.

Of note, Bonhams set a record for a Ford Model T, selling what was said to be the world’s oldest example, a restored 1908 Touring, for $246,400.

Tan 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible left side view
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria sold for $1,066,500. (Source: Bonhams)
Green 1954 Jaguar Pinin Farina coupe front left view
One-of-a-kind 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Pinin Farina sold for $940K. (Source: Bonhams)

Bonhams Top 10

  1. 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder — $4,185,000
  2. 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria — $1,066,500
  3. 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Pinin Farina Coupe — $940,000
  4. 1937 Riley 12/4 Sprite Two-Seater Sports — $491,750
  5. 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Landaulet — $489,000
  6. 1933 Bentley 3-1/2 Liter Sports Tourer — $428,500
  7. 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Opera Two Seater — $335,000
  8. 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Tourer — $335,000
  9. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet — $324,000
  10. 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 — $318,000
Jim Koscs
Written by Jim Koscs, Audamotive Communications