RM Auctions has announced a line-up of spectacular cars for its Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance sale. Preview gallery here
RM Auctions has described this year’s Amelia Island Concours sale as its ‘finest offering to date’, and with cars like the 1955 Jaguar D-type, 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV and 1972 Ferrari Daytona (the single-owner ‘garage find’), it’s easy to see why. The single-day auction on 14 March will see a total of 100 cars – 14 with pre-sale estimates exceeding $1m – go under the gavel.
1955 Jaguar D-type – lot 135 ($3,750,000 - $4,250,000)
This is one of the 54 D-types originally produced for privateer race teams to take racing. Sold new to a Finnish Tennis player, he instructed the factory to make the car appear used to avoid paying excessive import duties. He successfully raced the D-type in local circuit events, and even had pretty good success competing in ice races. When the car was sold, the body was removed, and a replacement fitted. This body was then sold, and repaired by another racer, in effect creating two D-types with the same identity. In recent years, both cars were reunited, and the car was full restored by Jaguar specialists CKL.
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1971 Lamborghini Miura SV – lot 152 ($2,250,000 - $2,750,000)
Chassis number 4884 was officially the first ever Miura SV model to be imported into the USA, with a further 20 eventually following it into the USA. The SV was the final incarnation of the fabulous Miura, and this was actually the prototype that was tested by the EPA to officially federalise the car. Beautifully restored, this is one truly remarkable Miura.
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1988 Jaguar XJR-9 – lot 160 ($3,000,000 - $5,000,000)
With an estimated power output of 670bhp this IMSA-spec Jaguar racing car is actually fairly mild compared to some of the 1980s turbocharged Group C monsters. Competing largely in the IMSA GTP Championship, it did well with many podium finishes 1989, and actually won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1990.
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1968 Toyota 2000GT – lot 155 ($900,000 - $1,100,000)
Prices for the tiny Toyota 2000GT have been high for many years, and with just 351 produced, there aren’t many to go around. This is one of just 84 built in left-hand drive, and has been comprehensively re-built. This particular example, sold new in Belgium, features the more supportive and hard to find sports seats, as well as the complete tool kit.
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2006 Aston Martin DBRS9 – lot 156 ($150,000-$200,000)
The Aston DBRS9 was built as a slightly less extreme version of the all-out Le Mans DBR9. Built to compete in the GT3 class, this particular example was campaigned in the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT championship, and is currently the only example in the USA.
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