The Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 auction was held Friday, March 7 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, resulting in $30,953,450 in total sales and an 89% sell-through rate. A total of 15 auction records were set at this year’s sale, with four cars selling above $2 million.
David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company, said, “We were very proud of the outstanding results at this year’s Amelia Island Auction. It was wonderful to see the room respond so well, with a strong sale total, which was up 11% from last year, and a number of world records. Throughout the sale, we saw collector demand for elite BMWs progressing on the same trajectory as Ferrari, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz. Gooding & Company was proud to continue our successful record of offering high-profile racecars at auction such as the 1968 Porsche 907 and 1959 Porsche 718 RSK in Amelia Island.”
Gooding sold 78 of 88 lots at average price of $396,839 per car sold. The top result at the 2014 Gooding Amelia Island sale went to the 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail, which sold for $3,630,000, a new auction record for a 907. Only seven of these race cars were built for the 1968 racing season. This car is finished in white Porsche livery, and is one of only two extant. In 1968, it was the first Porsche to win a 24-hour race as overall winner at the Daytona 24 Hours during the Porsche 1-2-3 finish. The 907 Langheck was a four-time entrant at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its class at the 1971 race at the hands of Walter Brun and Petter Mattli.
Additional Porsche highlights included new auction records for a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK that sold for $3,300,000, a numbers-matching 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight that brought $1,402,500 and a 1988 959 Sport that made $1,100,000.
Another star lot of the 2014 Gooding Amelia Island auction was an original 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT that sold for $2,530,000, an auction record for a 250 Europa GT. Having covered just 14,000 km from new, this car was recently displayed at Pebble Beach in the Post-War Preservation Class and at the Uniques Concours.
Gooding & Company also presented a collection of 18 BMW automobiles from the 1950s to the 1980s. The collection brought more than $3.3 million with stand-outs that included an original 1958 BMW 507 that sold for $1,815,000, as well as other V-8, Neue Klasse and high-performance models.
Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 – Top Ten Auction Results
1. 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail – $3,630,000
2. 1959 Porsche 718 RSK – $3,300,000
3. 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT – $2,530,000
4. 1964 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – $2,035,000
5. 1958 BMW 507 Series II – $1,815,000
6. 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster – $1,430,000
7. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight – $1,402,500
8. 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America – $1,292,500
9. 1988 Porsche 959 Sport – $1,100,000
10. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Roadster – $990,000
For complete auction results, visit www.goodingco.com.
Gooding & Company’s next sale, the Pebble Beach Auctions, will take place on August 16 and 17, 2014 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. For additional information, visit www.goodingco.com or call (310) 899-1960.
[Source: Gooding & Company; photo: Eric Fairchild]