The Ferrari Testarossa burst onto the scene for 1985, starring in Miami Vice alongside Don Johnson. It competed against Magnum P.I. starring Tom Selleck, his famous mustache and Ferrari 308 GTS. The Testarossa is an iconic 1980s wild child that belongs in every Ferrari collection.
Now that the many great automotive-based events at Amelia Island have concluded, we can look at the best of the best. At the auctions, aggregate sales were up this year, reaching $77.4 million. In addition, the 25th anniversary edition of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, held on March 8th, stands as likely the best in the event’s history.
RM Sotheby’s event stands as the official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This year, our top picks include cars from the marques Ferrari, McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, and Lancia.
In a few weeks at the Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance, Gooding & Company’s auction will offer a 75,000-mile 1994 BMW 850CSi in the stunning shade Hellrot (German for light red). Pre-sale estimates put this car between $90,000-$110,000, approximately the same price as when the car was new.
Mercedes made only 65 Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition for global consumption, with 30 coming to the US. This past week, Gooding & Company sold one at its Scottsdale auction for $240k. The pre-sale estimate was $250k-$300k for an essentially new vehicle with just 150 miles.
Gooding & Company will offer a triple-black roadster with a mere 350 miles from new for a pre-sale estimate of $300k-$350k, which is substantially below the car’s original $500k price tag. Coupes go for even less.
The early results of automotive streamlining were nothing less than art, which is why the Portland Art Museum is celebrating the era with a special exhibit. Featuring 19 rare streamlined vehicles,The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930-1942, opened June 16 and runs until September 16.