Amelia Island Auctions + Cars and Coffee

March 11-12 2016

So this year I had the pleasure of making it back to North Florida for what is clearly the East Coast alternative to Pebble Beach, the several days of automotive fun centered around the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.  I did not attend Concours Sunday this year, as I was too tired after driving down late (VERY late) on Thursday from North Carolina, and running about at the RM Auction preview on Friday.  Combine the fact I had my car (a newly restored 1970 Fiat 124 Coupe) entered in the Cars & Coffee event, and attended a private party on Saturday night,  it meant I was pretty knackered by Sunday AM, and unable to get out of bed to get to the Concours.

Nonetheless, I saw plenty of fine cars over Friday and Saturday, and had fun talking about my 124 to the attending crowds at the Cars & Coffee.  I was asked numerous questions about the car, many saying “I once had one and wish I had kept it”, and one person saying “you look rather young to be interested in this type of car”.  I said in response “well, my tastes are a bit unconventional” (only the tip of the iceberg there) while finding the question a bit funny.  I have a real affinity for cars built between about 1950 and 1973, the reasons are somewhat hard to explain, but foremost because it was an era in which styling reached its peak.  Before computers, in an era where automobiles could be designed with few design restrictions forced by need to adhere to safety and emissions laws , cars reflected the creative thoughts of the engineers and designers at the auto companies, resulting in a great diversity of product. In addition, it was an era of global trade protectionism, so auto companies focused heavily on domestic markets.  This also meant the cars were direct reflections of the tastes of the consumers and auto designers of the originating nations.  The auto was not the appliance it is today, but much more a creative expression of the society from which the designs sprang.

To give you a flavor of the auction and Cars and Coffee event, without further delay let me head on to the pictures.

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Ferrari Daytona Spyder (sold for $3 million)

 

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1894 Silsby Horse Drawn Steam Wagon, $270k
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Ferrari 250 GT “Tour de France” with competition history.  Price undisclosed, est. 10 million+
Ferrari 400 Superamerica interior
Ferrari 400 Superamerica interior
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Ferrari 400 Superamerica $4.4 million
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Shelby 289 Cobra, $1.8 million

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Toyota 2000GT, big money nowadays
Toyota 2000GT, big money nowadays, $800k
Ferrari GTO
Ferrari GTO
Ferrari Daytona
Ferrari Daytona
Auburn Speedster
Auburn Speedster, $715k
Auburn Speedster
Auburn Speedster
Auburn Speedster hood ornament
Auburn Speedster hood ornament
Ford RS200 Group B Rally Car. Never saw rally action.
Ford RS200 Group B Rally Car. Never saw rally action.

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Ferrari 599 GTB
Ferrari 599 GTB

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Special Bodied Alfa Romeo 1900
Special Bodied Alfa Romeo 1900SS Coupe, $300k
Alfa Romeo 1900 engine
Alfa Romeo 1900 engine
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Ferrari 365 GTC, $341k, my favorite car from the auction
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Maserati Ghibli (the good one 🙂 )
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Maserati 3500GT “Sebring”$325k

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Gordon Buehrig's Cord
Gordon Buehrig’s Cord
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Maserati 3500 GT Interior 🙂

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Vignale badge on a Maserati 3500 GT
Vignale badge on a Maserati 3500 GT
Cadillac V12 Emblem
Cadillac V12 Emblem

 

The following are some select photos from the Amelia Cars & Coffee event on Saturday

Ferrari 360 Spyder
Ferrari 360 Spyder (belongs to my father)
Ferrari 330 GTC
Ferrari 330 GTC
Ferrari 330 GTC engine
Ferrari 330 GTC engine

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Gorgeous Alfa Giulietta Spider
Gorgeous Alfa Giulietta Spider
Alfa Romeo GTA
Alfa Romeo GTA
Alfa Romeo GTA engine, note twin spark plugs per cylinder
Alfa Romeo GTA engine, note twin spark plugs per cylinder
Ferrari 166
Ferrari 166

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Ferrari 166MM interior
Ferrari 166MM interior
Fiat 695 Abarth. Sadly restomodded. The badging was the best part of it
Fiat 695 Abarth. Sadly restomodded. The badging was the best part of it

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BMW 1500GT. The affordable car I'd most want to take home were it for sale (it wasn't)
BMW 1500GT. The affordable car I’d most want to take home were it for sale (it wasn’t)
BMW M1
BMW M1
Fiat 124 Sport Coupe belonging to author of this blog
La Ferrari
La Ferrari
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