RM Sotheby's to offer award-winning classics at Amelia Island

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-02-19 10:19:00

RM Sotheby's will offer a line-up of award-winning vehicles at next month's Amelia Island sale.

The sale, held in conjunction with the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, will offer a carefully curated selection of cars spanning more than a century of automotive design, from Brass Era classics to modern-day supercars.

"We've assembled another fantastic group of automobiles with an emphasis on fresh-to-the-market, exquisitely restored examples – a great fit for the concours setting," said RM Sotheby's specialist Gord Duff.

Leading the sale will be a unique 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Cabriolet A. The award-winning vehicle has passed through some of the world's most renowned car collections, including those of American operatic tenor James Melton, Otis Chandler, Axel Wars and General William Lyon. Having previously been awarded ‘Best of Show’ at the 1973 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the car comes to the market for the first time in 20 years with an estimate of $3-$4 million.

"This car has all that a superb automobile should have: memorable lines, superb engineering and abundant power," said specialist Jonathan Sierakowski.

"Add in its exceptional ownership chain and its bevy of special one-off features, from the raked vee’d windshield to the louvered front hood, special fitted luggage and the five-speed transmission, a feature only seen on the later examples, and it can be rightfully considered one of the most superlative and unique 540 Ks."

Amongst the oldest cars on offer is a 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer, regarded as one of the most important 'parallel bonnet Silver Ghosts offered in recent years. As one of just 20 surviving examples retaining their original body, engine and chassis, the car is expected to sell for $2.5-$3.5 million.

Further standout lots set to cross the block in Florida include a stunning 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon, estimated at $1.2-$1.4 million; a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico, originally displayed at the 1962 Turin Automobile Show Car, valued at $2.7-$3.3 million; a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster estimated at $1-$1.3 million; and a 1968 Chevrolet Sunoco Camaro Trans Am with extensive racing history and numerous podium finishes, valued at $900,000-$1.2 million.

The RM Sotheby's Amelia Island sale takes place at The Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, March 12.


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