The 2011 Amelia Island sale, held last Saturday, March 12, was a record-breaking success, posting a remarkable $24.3 million in total sales, the highest tally achieved in the event’s 13-year history. In total, the single-day sale presented some 103 lots, including a selection of vintage motorcycles, before a packed house, with a strong 96% of all lots sold at its Amelia Island sale to claim the top results of the weekend.
Top sales honors of the weekend went to a rare 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Coupé, chassis number 0224 AT, offered from the private collection of Larry Nicklin. One of just three built and boasting a superlative racing pedigree, the hugely valuable competition coupé sparked a spirited bidding war in the room and on the phones, exceeding its pre-sale estimate to sell for an extraordinary $4,290,000. Also offered from the Nicklin Collection and exceeding its pre-sale estimate was a highly original 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupé, chassis number 0267 EU, which realized $660,000. Both examples were offered for the first time in 30 years. Building on RM’s reputation as the specialists for private and estate collections, the distinguished collection of Jack and Marilyn Tallman, also garnered significant interest. Headlined by a handsome 1930 Cadillac Sixteen Roadster for $506,000, the collection generated over $2.3 million in total sales. Beyond the top-seller’s list, other notable highlights well-exceeding their pre-sale estimates included: a 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution, one of only 24 Evolutions built, for $159,500; and an exceptional, early 1964 Porsche 911 for $225,500.
In addition to the sale, RM Auto Restoration had a strong presence on the show field at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, with the beautifully-presented 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton owned by Charles Letts awarded ‘Best in Class’ and the striking 1960 Plymouth XNR Concept, displayed for the first time in 50 years in North America, also receiving honors.
- 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe – $4,290,000
- 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider – $990,000
- 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria – $979,000
- 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe – $962,500
- 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta – $935,000
- 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS – $770,000
- 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe – $660,000
- 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – $627,000
- 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe – $627,000
- 1957 Ferrari 250 GT “Low Roof” Berlinetta – $605,000
Full sale results are available at RM Auction.