An 'Island' paradise awaits car collectors with Ferraris, Bentleys and more up for sale



2015-06-26 12:17:42

An 'Island' paradise awaits car collectors with Ferraris, Bentleys and more up for sale

The stand-out is a $1.4m Ferrari 275 - but collectors and investors have 87 great choices

Gooding and Company have become semi-legendary for their Amelia Island classic car auctions - and this March, they look set to continue that trend with a whole host of wonderful machines on offer.

The leading light is unsurprisingly a Ferrari - a 1967 275 GTB/4 to be exact. Designed by Pininfarina and with coachwork by Scaglietti, this perfectly preserved masterpiece of the classic car genre has a V12 engine and seen little action in recent years since a mechanical rebuild.

Its sleek design and outstanding condition make it a truly iconic example of the Prancing Horse marque; it has an estimate of $1.2-1.4m, whichseems a relative bargain compared with some of the prices Ferraris have attracted in recent months and look likely to go for in the coming days.

Another highlight is another Ferrari - a classic 1973 365 GTS Daytona Spyder. This beautifully restored car has had very few owners and driven very few miles. The V12 engine is hidden within a Scaglietti chassis, coloured yellow. It has a grand estimate of $1.2-1.4m.

1967 Ferrari 275 The iconic 1960s Ferrari 275 - ready to go for $1.4m

But Amelia Island will not only see rare Ferraris. A real treat for car collectors and investors is an award winning 1928 Bentley 6 litre Coupe, in black. The car was part of the famous Reg Parker Collection for nearly 20 years; its rarity, beauty and excellent provenance deem it worthy of a $950,000 high estimate.

Also included is a 1962 AC Cobra, owned by one collector for the past 35 years. A great early example of the marque, it has a V8 engine, distinctive red bodywork, and an extensive and varied racing history. The importance of this rare car's return to the market is heralded by a fitting high estimate of $550,000.

The classic car market is having a wonderful year; auctions of this quality have significantly contributed to the seemingly never-ending success of Ferrari in particular. Collectors and investors with muscle will certainly want to attend.

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