The inaugural Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 Auction will be held Thursday, March 12 at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Amelia Island. More than 80 automobiles will be offered at Bonhams’ debut sale held during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance week.
Headlining the 2015 Bonhams Amelia Island sale will be a 1930 Cord L-29 Town Car; 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster; 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat; 1911 EMF Model “30” Factory Racer; 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S; 1908 American Underslung 50HP Roadster; 1992 Ferrari F40 and 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Four-Passenger Tourer; among others.
The 1930 Cord L-29 Town Car with coachwork by Murphy and Company was recently discovered after having been tucked away in the Pacific Northwest for more than half a century. Offered from the estate of Jay Hyde, this Cord is one of four survivors known to have been built. Owned by Jay Hyde since 1959 up until his passing in 2014, the car was kept and sparingly used in a private manner. Rarely seen in public, in 1987 it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in a class devoted solely to custom-bodied Cords. With its shorter wheelbase, the L-29 Town Car is powered by a 8-cylinder inline engine providing 125bhp. Still in its original and unrestored state, Bonhams said the Cord is well-preserved and runs well (Est. Unavailable).
Another highlight is the 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat with coachwork by Weymann, formerly part of the Dr. Frederick A. Simeone collection. With around ten built, fewer than five are believed to exist today, making the Super Bearcat a rare car. This particular example is reported to be in excellent mechanical condition, while also retaining its original fabric covering $850,000 – $1,200,000).
A 1911 EMF Model ’30’ Factory Racer (Est. $150,000 – $200,000) will be among the headline offerings at the new Bonhams Amelia Island Concours auction. This EMF #33 driven by Jack Tower in the 1911 Tiedeman Cup against a field that included entries from Ford and Abbott-Detroit, finished third and helped EMF clinch a total podium sweep of first, second and third places. The EMF is being offered for the first time directly from its custodian for the last 35 years. Fully restored to Concours condition in the late 2000s, the EMF has been both a frequent prize-winner and an active vintage racer, competing at the Milwaukee Mile, Lime Rock Park, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Mount Equinox Hill Climb and Savannah GP reenactment. Number 33 has even raced up Mount Washington 17 times.
Adding to the list of consignments is a selection of modern classics from marques such as Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus and Porsche. The 1992 Ferrari F40 to be offered by Bonhams is the last of 213 US-delivered cars built by the factory and benefits from all production run upgrades. This Ferrari Classiche-certified car has less than 10,000 miles (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000).
The 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S (Est. $425,000 – $500,000) consigned for Amelia Island has 6,525 miles, while the 1981 BMW M1 Coupe, one of 399 road cars built, has fewer than 7,600 original miles (Est. $400,000 – $450,000). Also representing Germany is the 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe. This example is one of 518 Euro Carrera MFI Coupes produced that year and, as a matching-numbers car, is optioned with low original mileage from new (Est. $280,000 – $340,000).
Other highlights include a 1980 Ferrari 512 BB, 1991 Aston Martin Virage Coupe, 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider, 1995 Lotus Esprit S4S Coupe and 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo and a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, almost all of which will be offered without reserve.
In addition to the pre-war American cars and modern classics, Bonhams will also offered several British cars at its March 2015 Amelia Island auction.
From the estate of collector George Fink, an avid enthusiast of British-built cars, are three examples from Austin-Healey and Morgan. This 1956 Austin-Healey 100M Roadster has covered just over 37,000 miles from new and, as a two-owner car, was bought by Fink directly from the original purchaser. In red and black, with original red interior, the car comes with its original handbook and is certified on the Austin-Healey 100M Le Mans Registry.
This 1962 Morgan Plus Four Super Sports Two-Seater, chassis #5322, was supplied new to Alton Rogers and was contested by Fink and Richard Halquist in the 12 Hours of Sebring and Daytona 2000 Km in 1963 and again at Sebring in 1964. Another Morgan is the 1964 Morgan Plus Four Plus, one of 26 coupes built. This matching-numbers example has been part of the Fink Collection for over 30 years and comes with a well-documented history.
Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 Auction Information
Date: Thursday, March 12 at 10:00am (Automobilia) and 12:00pm (Motorcars)
Location: Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 4700 Amelia Island Parkway, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32024
Public preview: March 10-12
Auction catalogues: $100, admits two to all events
General admission: $20, admits one to all events
Note: Client parking is located at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport only. Bonhams will be operating continuous and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Bonhams Pavilion during Auction and Preview Days. Bonhams will also be operating continuous and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island on March 12th, from 9am to 6pm.
For further information, visit Bonhams.com/Amelia.