A single-marque collection of BMW automobiles will headline the 2014 Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction, scheduled for Friday, March 7th at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida. This collection is composed of more than 15 cars, representing BMW design from the 1950s to 1980s. Highlights include a 1957 BMW 507 Series II, a 1980 BMW M1 and a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL among other V-8, Neue Klasse and high-performance models, with many offered without reserve.
David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company, said, “Spanning four decades of German engineering and innovation, these cars represent a significant presentation of BMWs. The emerging market for BMWs has set a trend in the collector car community not unlike the demand for Mercedes and Porsche from the same period. It is a very exciting time for these collectibles and we feel privileged to offer this impressive single-marque grouping in Amelia Island.”
One of 252 examples built, the 1957 BMW 507 Series II was designed by Albrecht Goertz and powered by an alloy 3.2-liter V-8 with twin Zenith carburetors (estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000). This original roadster, finished in white with blue leather, has its matching-numbers engine and date-coded wheels intact. Delivered new to the United States, this particular car was featured on the cover of Roundel Magazine and was loaned to BMW for use at the Los Angeles Auto Show for the launch of the Z3.
The 1980 BMW M1 is an example of BMW’s original supercar (estimate: $325,000-375,000). The development of the M1 represented a departure for the Bavarian marque. Designed to do battle with Porsche at the height of international endurance racing, the mid-engine BMW supercar was developed in cooperation with Lamborghini, designed by Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro and constructed by Karosserie Baur in Stuttgart. This car is one of 399 road cars built and boasts single family ownership for three decades. This white M1 has covered approximately 25,000 miles from new and features a tool kit and service records. Gooding currently holds the world record for a BMW M1 road car during its 2014 Scottsdale Auctions at $440,000.
The 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL features a lightweight alloy bonnet and outerdoor skins, thin-gauge steel panels, lightweight interior and an uprated motorsport-inspired engine (estimate: $125,000-175,000, without reserve). One of 169 early carbureted CSLs, this car was restored with marque-expert supervision. This black coupe has previously enjoyed the benefits of single-family ownership for more than 20 years.
Additional highlights from the BMW collection include several V8 models (501, 501A 3200 CS, 503 Coupe), various Neue Klasse models (2000 CS, 1602, 2000 Sedan), a selection of high-performance models (1600 GT, M6) and a full range of Isettas, from the early 300 to the 600. The majority of lots being offered without reserve.
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2014 Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction – Event Details
Date(s): Friday, March 7, 11:00am EST
Location: Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Racquet Park, 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034
Public preview: March 6-7
Auctions catalogues: $75, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $30, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Live auction broadcast: GoodingCo.com
[Source: Gooding & Company; photo: Brian Henniker]