Gooding & Company's Amelia island sale rewrites the record books
Gooding & Company's latest Amelia Island auction rewrote the record books 13 times over, on its way to a total of more than $30 million.
The sale at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation saw nine cars exceed the $1 million mark, with 13 achieving new world auction records.
The most significant sale of the event was 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion (pictured, top), regarded by many as the ultimate Porsche supercar.
One of just 20 examples built, the Strassenversion was the street legal version of the Le Mans winning 911 GT1, and remains the only Porsche ever built for the track, and then homologated for the road.
Described as "a true masterpiece of automotive art", the car sold for $5,665,000, setting new records for both the model and the Porsche 911.
It was one of four Porsches offered from an esteemed private collection, all of which established new benchmarks. It was followed by a 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo S Leichtbau which sold for $1,540,000; a 2011 997 GT3 RS 4.0 which sold for $748,000; and a 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS which sold for $561,000.
The hunger for supercars continued as a 2015 McLaren P1 rolled onto the auction block.
The Mclaren P1 (Images: Gooding & Company)
The car, one of 375 examples produced, was created in collaboration with its owner, and included a host of bespoke specifications including a unique cobalt metallic Professor 2 Blue finish.
After strong bidding, the P1 sold for a world record $2,392,500, with proceeds benefitting the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Further notable record breakers included 1989 Mazda 767B, raced at the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans, which sold for $1,750,000, and a 1949 Aston Martin DB Mk II formerly owned by company head David Brown, which realized $1,540,000.
David Brown's 1949 Aston Martin DB Mk II (Images: Gooding & Company)
"We achieved strong results for a number of exceptional cars, especially from the Porsche marque, exemplified by the world record price achieved for the GT1 Strassenversion," said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company.
"In spite of the 13 world record prices set, we are definitely seeing a market shift, which is healthy for the marketplace as a whole."