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On Saturday at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours the top sale at the RM/Sothey’s Auction was a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet. The hammer price was $7 million exactly ($7,070,000 including sales commission.) Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.

 

2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

It was just announced here at the show field during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours that the two top awards went to a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider for Concours de Sport, and a 1935 Duesenberg SJ 582 Dual Cowl Phaeton for the vaunted Concours D’Elegance award.

The ’39 Alfa Spider is part of the A. Dano Davis Collection in Jacksonville, Florida. In its day the right-hand-drive Alfa Lungo Spider was the most desirable sports you could buy.  Only 12 Touring Spiders were ever produced. Only seven were produced with the long chassis as this one has. Most of the Lungo Spiders were used for racing. This car was raced in San Paolo in 1949 and 1950. After that the car disappeared from public notice until 40 years later when it was redone.

The ’35 Duesenberg SJ is owned by Terence Adderley from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is a Torpedo Phaeton designed by Gordon Buehrig himself. Mr. Adderley said it was one of the last Torpedo Phaetons built. It was born a Duesenberg J with custom coachwork by the A.J. Walker Company. But the Wisconsin buyer was not happy with the car and sent it back to Indianapolis where it was updated with a supercharged SJ-582 engine. It has a 420 ci overhead cam engine. In supercharged form it is said to produce 320 horsepower.

But there was much more to see on the show field on Saturday:

The 2017 Amelia Island Concours, March 10-13, 2017,  will be one for the history books. In its 22nd year, the The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance moved to a Saturday timeslot for the first time. Usually the concours would be held on Sunday afternoon. For the first time in its history the fast moving Amelia Island Concours staff had to modify their schedule and reset the event for Saturday instead of the normal Sunday venue. The potential for torrential rains on Sunday afternoon was not good news for owners of six figure valued vintage classic cars. So the Concours officials made the call to reset the event for Saturday. The crowds were heavy along the concours field. The change did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm for seeing these incredible vintage motorcars.

This is what it is like to be here at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours:

The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance is the biggest event of its kind on the East Coast, and rivals the pomp and circumstance of legendary events such as Pebble Beach and the Meadowbrook Concours scheduled for later in the year.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 22nd year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg and his wife Donna will capture the show in photos and video for our Cars On Line.com readers.

The show, starting on Friday and running through Sunday, March 13, 2017, is a world class exhibition of automotive history. There were over 300 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. Most of the activity revolves around The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Saturday at the RM/Sotheby Auction

On Saturday we will be there at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours when the RM/Sotheby’s Auction presents some of the most valuable motorcars in the world. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s Auction.

We will be on hand to capture all the action this weekend for our readers just as if you were here yourself. You can also follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. The highlight of the show weekend will be the announcement of the 2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Saturday afternoon.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2017 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.

 

Gooding & Co at 2017 Amelia Island Concours

Among the top events during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours weekend is the Gooding & Company Auction. They stole the show yesterday when a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion crossed the auction block for $5,665,000, the top sale so far here at the East Coast’s most exclusive concours show.

Here are the top sales from Friday at the Gooding & Company Auction:

 

Already on Thursday the Bonham’s Auction saw a seven figure sale. When a 1955 Ferrari Europa GT sold for over $2 million yesterday afternoon the mood was set for more auction action. Here is a review of some of the top marques at the Bonhams Auction:

2016 Amelia Island Concours Best Car Show on the East Coast

2016 Amelia Island Concours winners

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show and the Concours de Sport winners have been announced. Let the champagne fly! (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

2016 Amelia Island Concours on Sunday …

The finale of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours saw a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II win the Concours D’Elegance Best of Show and a rare 1952 Pegaso Z102 Cupula win the Concours de Sport. It was a fine conclusion to the whirlwind weekend of legacy antique, vintage and classic cars so rare that you would only see them here on Amelia Island.

To earn a Best of Show at Amelia Island is much like getting a Best of Show at the venerable Pebble Beach Concours in California. Each year the Amelia Island Concours awards a Best of Show in two categories.

The 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Town Sedan has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. It is believed to be from the Nethercutt Collection and also won a Palos Verdes Concours Best in Class in 2015. The Nethercutt Collection is owned by the Merle Norman Cosmetics family with Jack and Helen Nethercutt on the board of the Nethercutt Collection.

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance goes to a vintage classic motorcar, while the Concours de Sport goes to a classic sports car.

The coachwork by the Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones SA in Spain, a Spanish bus and truck company, and the “bubble top” glass trunk by designer Wilfredo Ricart, mark the 1952 Pegaso Z102 Cupula as a unique classic exotic sports car, possibly the rarest of its era.  This particular Pegaso was built for a President of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo. After his assassination, the government sold the car to a New York businessman. It’s most comphrehensive restoration was done in 1987. It is an 8-cylinder coupe.

This year there was a special display for the Spanish made Pegaso sports cars. Of the 87 ever built 15 were present here at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours, quite a coup for this historic show.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 21st year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg captured the show in photos and video for our Cars On Line.com readers. Here are some of the other cars from the showfield at the Gulf Course of Amelia Island.

Want to see some very special cars that showed up at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours? Click view window below:

On Saturday at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours we covered the RM/Sotheby’s Auction. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s sale.

The show which started on Friday ran through Sunday, March 13, 2016. For the main event, a world class exhibition of automotive history has convened here with 250 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. We’re at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Photo journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com has captured all the action this weekend for our readers, just as if you were here yourself. You can also follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. The highlight of the show weekend was the announcement of the 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Sunday afternoon.

In addition, there are four major auction houses setting up on Amelia Island to add some interesting vintage car sales to the event. Yesterday as the 2016 Amelia Island Concours was officially underway, the buzz was all about the sale of the Jerry Seinfeld Porsche collection. Seinfeld, comedian and star of the TV sitcom which bore his name,  took the stage at the Gooding & Company Auction here to introduce the high profile auction sale. He cheered from the sidelines as his rare Porsches were sold for big $$$.

Last night, on Thursday, the Bonhams Auction drew a packed crowd of bidders as their docket of fine motorcars set a new record for this sale. See the photos of the top sales in the slider below:

The top sale at the Bonhams Auction was a 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer by Vanden Plas. Armed with a generous amount of international buzz from the preceding weeks, this very special pre-war car had the auction tent packed to capacity with bidders and spectators. With a starting bid of $6 million, the bidding quickly rose to $8 million. Then, followed by strong applause from the audience, the car sold to a private American collector for a total sum of $9,735,000, making it the most valuable 57S ever sold at auction and the most valuable pre-war car ever sold at Amelia Island.

A Connecticut-built 1896 Armstrong Phaeton Hybrid was also sold during the Bonhams Auction. As the oldest – and likely the very first – known modern hybrid-driven car in the world, this landmark automobile predates the Lohner-Porsche by four years and the Toyota Prius by 100 years. Amazing all in attendance as it drove around the grounds, the Armstrong was purchased for $483,400 by renowned Dutch collector Evert Louwman, who indicated it will be proudly displayed at his museum in The Hague, Netherlands for all to enjoy.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2016 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.

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Winners of the 2015 Amelia Island Concours

A 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C Zagato Spider (above left) and the 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster (right) were to Best of Show winners at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours here on Sunday. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eCassicAutos.com.)

 

Rare Cars Win 2015 Amelia Island Concours …

AMELIA ISLAND, FL, March 15, 2015 — Two presitigious awards, among the top trophies in the collector car hobby, have been awarded here at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. A 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster with Woodlites, owned by Ed Schoenthaler of Oak Brook, Illinois, has been awarded the Best of Show Concours D’Elegance for the Amelia Island event. And a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider, owned by David Sydorick of Beverly Hills, California, has won the Best of Show Concours de Sport. These two cars were chosen out of a field of 315 cars from all over the world to be honored as this year’s Best of Show at the 2015 Amerila Island Concours.

1932 Alfa Romeo ) and the 1930 Cord L29 Roadster (in back) have won the top awards at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours

The 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagata Spider (in foreground) and the 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster (in back) have won the top awards at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours

 

1930 Cord L29 Roadster

The 2015 Amelia Island Concours Best of Show award the Concours D’Elegance award went to this 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Steven Speedster. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

Brooks Stevens was a famous designer who hailed from the Milwaukee area in Wisconsin. Although he was one of the great designers of the 20th Century, his work in the automobile industry brought him the most fame. He worked for Studebaker and American Motors during his glory days. But he himself was an avid sports car racer and builder. Stevens was a young man when he bought this 1930 Cord L29 Cabriolet as a new car purchase. After his studies at Cornell University in New York, he decided to rebuild his L29 into a speedster much like the Auburns of that era. The car was entered in road races, hill climbs and rallies. In fact, Stevens loved this car so much that it was still in his collection at his death in 1995. Mr. Schoenthaler purchased the car from the Stevens estate, and put the car through a 2-year detailed restoration. The results are so stunning that it won the prestigious Best of Show Concours D’Elegance here at Amelia Island.

Here is a You Tube video about the 1930 Cord L29 Speedster done by Rides With Chuck as Chuck Derer interviewed Ed Schoenthaler on the car. Click video window to watch:

 

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider

The Concours de Sport Award as Best in Show among two-seater sports roadsters at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours went to the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

The 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider (shown above) won the Amelia Island Concours de Sport award as the top two-seater sports car here at the Concours event. The Italian made sports car shows styling by the Zagato design house, and is powered by a 2.3 Liter straight 8 cylinder engine built by Vittorio Jano. The Amelia Island judges noted its outstanding racing history and its impeccable restoration as reasons for its selection as Concours de Sport. Present for the awards ceremony was its current owner, David Sydorick of Beverly Hills, California. In 2003 Sydorick bought the vehicle and had Wisconsin-based restorer Rick Bunkfield rebuild the engine.

A gathering of some of the most avid car collectors in the world has convened here at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. It is one of the world’s most exclusive automotive Concours D’ Elegance. Photo journalists Bob and Donna Boberg are covering the event this weekend. You can follow their reports on their Twitter feed, as well as on their eClassicAutos.com website. They are enjoying the 80 degree weather and getting great photos of some of the world’s finest motorcars.  The top cars selected here are among the most prestigious and collectible automobiles in the world.

Here are some of the winners in other categories:

1913 Mercedes-Benz

Best of Show 1913 Mercedes-Benz

 

1954 DeSoto Adventurer II

Best of Show 1954 Desoto Adventurer II

 

1933 Packard 1005 Coupe

Best of Show 1933 Packard 1005 Coupe

 

1929 Stutz

Best of Show 1929 Stutz

 

1969 Corvette L88

Best of Show 1969 Corvette L88

 

1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

Best of Show 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

 

1965 Ferrari Dino

Best of Show 1965 Ferrari Dino

 

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is an automotive charitable event held each year during the second weekend in March at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida and along the fairway of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. As a top collector car event it is considered as important as the Pebble Beach Concours, Meadowbrook Concours and the Louis Vuitton Classic in midtown Manhattan.

Click the video window below to watch a video by eClassicAutos.com from the 2015 Amelia Island Concours:


2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance from eclassicautos on Vimeo.
 

As the big 2015 Amelia Island week, or as they call it, “March Car Week,” kicked off here, there were several high level collector car auctions to hold everyone’s attention. We watched on Saturday as the RM/Sotheby’s Auction was conducted at the Summer Beach Golf Club of Amelia Island. This is the first auction sale conducted by RM Auctions after being merged with Sotheby’s. It was the mosts successful sale RM has ever had here at Amelia Island with $60.3 million in total sales. RM has been holding an auction at the Amelia Island event for 17 years. They told us that 17 vehicles were sold for seven figure amounts. Here are some of the results:

1960 Ferari 400 sold at the RM/Sotheby Auction at Amelia Island

A 1960 Ferari 400 sold for $5,8 million at the RM/Sotheby Auction at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. This was the the top price paid in the Saturday auction with the proceeds donated to childrens education.  It was also the highest price paid on any collector car at any of the three auctions here this weekend. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra sold here at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours at the RM/Sotheby Auction

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra sold here at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours at the RM/Sotheby Auction. The hammer price was $1,925,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

Beautiful vintage motorcars as this 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton crossed the block at the RM/Sotheby Auction here at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. The hammer price was $1,050,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

Beautiful vintage motorcars as this 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton crossed the block at the RM/Sotheby Auction here at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. The hammer price was $1,050,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1995 Ferrari F512 M sells for $410,000 at RM/Sotheby Auction at Amelia Island.

The final Testarossa revision, the 1995 Ferrari 512 M, was very desirable among collectors here at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. At the RM/Sotheby Auction here on Saturday this one was sold for $410,000. The 512 M was the last Ferrari to be produced with a mid-engine V12. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

On Saturday we visited the Gooding & Company Auction. For Gooding & Company the results were also spectacular. They told us their total sales for the auction were $26.9 million. According to their numbers, 76 vehicles out of 85 were sold compiling an 89 percent sell through rate. (Gooding & Company allows the consignor to set a reserve value for the sale.) Seven of the vehicles sold went for more than $1 million.

Here are some of the results:

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 sold at Gooding & Co Auction on Amelia Island

The top sale at the Gooding & Co Auction at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours was a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 which sold for $3 million. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet also sold at the Gooding sale for $1,900,000 before commission. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1934 Duesenberg received a high bid of $775,000 although it did not clear reserve at the Gooding & Co Auction at Amelia Island

1934 Duesenberg received a high bid of $775,000 although it did not clear reserve at the Gooding & Co Auction at Amelia Island

 

1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible at the Gooding & Company  Auction

1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible sold at the Gooding & Company Auction at 2015 Amelia Island Concours weekend. Back in 2007 it would have sold for twice that price. That’s proof that we still have a ways to go to catch up to pre-recession values in the collector car market. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

Bonhams’ inaugural Motorcar Auction was held on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. This is the first year that a Bonhams Auction has been presented at the Amelia Island Concours. Here are the top sales at the auction:

1930 Cord L-29 Town Car

The high sale at the Bonhams Auction on Thursday was a 1930 Cord L-29 Town Car which went for $1.6 million. Click here to see the Facebook post. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1992 Ferrari F-40 at Bonhams Auction

Less than 10K miles on the clock for this 1992 Ferrari F-40 which drew a high bid of $1,050,000 at Bonhams Amelia Island Auction. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1987 Lamborghini 5000 QV

1987 Lamborghini 5000 Quattrevalve crosses the auction block at the Bonhams sale on Thursday. We have been especially interested in the Countach era Lamborghinis. We think they will be the next million-dollar cars.  (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP 500 S at Bonhams Auction at Amelia Island

Another Countach, a 1983 Lamborghini LP 500 S, crossed the auction block for sale for $380,000 at the Bonhams Auction on Amelia Island. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

In our coverage of the 2015 Amelia Island Concours we will be bringing you more photos and auction action from the Ritz-Carlton of Amelia Island. There is a great video about the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance that explains the history of the event and how important it is to the collector car hobby on the East Coast.

Click the video window below to see the sights and sounds of Amelia Island Concours:

2014 Amelia Island Concours Winner – 1937 Horch 853

Best-of-Show-Cars

Best of Show Concours de Sport winner 1958 Scarab Meister Brauser 1 (foreground) and Concours d’Elegance winner 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet (background.) Photos by Bob Boberg of  eClassicAutos.com.

2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Best of Show trophy goes to a 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet

Spectators gathered on Amelia Island, Florida this past weekend, where  a 1937 Horch 853 took home the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance “Best of Show” trophy. Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos covered the event and provided us with numerous photographs of the show’s best cars, including the Concours d’Elegance and Concours de Sport winners. Click here to see more photos and feature article by eClassic Autos.

1937-Horch-853-Winner

2014 Amelia Island Concours Winner: 1937 Horch 853 Voll and Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet

 

1958-Meister-Brauser-Scarab

2014 Amelia Island Concours Winner: 1958 Meister Brauser Scarab

 The 1937 Horch 853 and 1958 Scarab Meister Brauser I may have been the cream of the crop, but there were many more incredible vehicles in attendance. Take a look at the photos eClassic Autos provided below.

1934-Bugatti-Type-57

1934 Bugatti Type 57

 

1947-Delahaye-135M

1947 Delahaye 135M

 

1954-Packard-Panther

1954 Packard Panther

 

1963-Chrysler-Turbine-Expermential-Car

1963 Chrysler Turbine Expermential Car

 

1973-Eagle_Offy-Indy-500-winner

1973 Eagle Offy Indy 500 Winner

 

1989-Sauber-Mercedes-C9-with-driver-Jochen-Mass

1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 with driver Jochen Mass