The ultra-rare 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster sold for $6,6 million and thus set the world record at Amelia Island. One of only two surviving short chassis examples and the only surviving example with its Géo Ham body tag, the showstopper has been offered from a half century of ownership as the jewel of the esteemed Pray Collection. This exceptional car become the most valuable car ever sold during the Amelia Island weekend.
Additional top lots among the 16 offered from the Pray Collection include the impeccably pure 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster, which garnered a record-shattering $2,420,000, and a superbly authentic 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series Cabriolet, which also sold very well at $1,760,000. Also joining the Pray Collection at the top of the sale list is the desirably equipped 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, originally owned by Hollywood actress Natalie Wood, which brought a fantastic $1,842,500.
This weekend, RM Auctions, the official auction house of the world-renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, achieved the company’s best-ever Amelia Island results at its 16th annual sale with a total of $35.9 million and 97 percent of all lots sold. This represents a 34 percent increase over 2013 sale results while bidders hailed from 18 countries around the world with 20 percent representing new clientele.
Additional very notable sales of the day include a highly original and beautifully presented 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta which sold for a strong $781,000, along with a show-condition and rally-ready 1939 Aston Martin 15/98 Short Chassis Open Sports which sold for an outstanding $616,000, well above its presale estimate. Also deserving of special mentions are a 1974 Iso Grifo 7-Liter and a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 which both generated spirited bidding battles and world auction record prices to sell for $440,000 and $335,500 respectively.