Amelia Island is synonymous with beautiful beaches, southern charm, grand oak trees…and cars! Gooding & Company, the internationally-celebrated auction house, will once again be returning to Northeast Florida for their 2013 Gooding & Company Amelia Island car auction on Friday, March 8th at Racquet Park at Omni Amelia Island Plantation! The annual Gooding & Company Amelia Island car auction is an exciting presentation of extraordinary collector cars, available to viewers around the world via live webcast on Goodingco.com. The auction house is thrilled to announce several early consignments including a 1928 Bently 4 1/2 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer as well as a 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster, 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster and a 1959 AC ACE Bristol. Auto enthusiasts can enjoy a weekend of cars on Amelia Island with the Gooding & Company Auction, the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance and the Festival of Speed which will also take place at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Saturday, March 9th!
Gooding & Company has created waves on the Atlantic coast for the last several years. The top-selling lot of last year’s Amelia Island Weekend was the Drendel Family Collection’s 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder that sold for $4.4 million. Previews for the 2013 Gooding & Company Amelia Island car auction will take place on Thursday, March 7th from 9 am to 6 pm and Friday, March 8th from 9 am to 11 am. The March 8th auction will be commence at 11 am.
Estimate $2 – $2.4 million
One of the most complete and original of all the original Semi-Le Mans Spec Tourers, this pre-war Bentley has an extraordinary provenance that started with a prestigious distributer in Buenos Aires, Argentina who ordered the car. Though specified for the distributer, the car was never shipped and therefore was subsequently sold to Gerald Bevan, a respected and influential Bentley enthusiast who had close ties to Captain Henry Birkin, the Le Mans team driver and revered Bentley Boy, whose company developed all of the factory team racing cars and supercharged cars. As a part of Bentley’s inner circle, he arranged to have Birkins upgrade his sports tourer to Le Mans spec, which included the factory exhibition engine, a 4 1/2 Litre with racing pistons and a rare magnesium alloy crankcase, which still exists with the car today. This extraordinary historic and significant Bentley is one of the best Semi-Le Mans Tourers extant.
1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster – estimate $250,000 – $280,000
1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster- estimate $225,000 – $275,000
1959 AC ACE Bristol – estimate $225,000 – $275,000
Catalogues for the Gooding and Company Amelia Island car auction are available for $75 a set and admit two to the viewing and the auction.
There is limited free parking at Racquet Park on Amelia Island Plantation. A satellite parking lot will be available starting Friday at 9 am on Burney Road, just east of Florida A1A Highway and ¼-mile north of the Gooding & Company auction site. Shuttles will run from 9 am until the end of the auction. In addition to the round-trip shuttles running from the satellite parking lot between 9 am and 5 pm, there will be separate coaches running round-trip from the auction site to the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, March 9.
The Amelia Island Auction will once again be broadcast live from Gooding & Company’s website at www.goodingco.com/viewauction. For additional vehicle and company updates, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook, Twitter @GoodingCompany or subscribe via RSS to channel our press releases directly into your news reader of preference.