From ultra-exotic modern hypercars to pre-war American classics and mid-century sports cars, RM Sotheby’s is bringing 80 “blue chip” automobiles to Amelia Island, Florida, for its March 5 collector car auction.
The headlining hypercars, representing three storied marques, are a 2020 McLaren Speedtail, a 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport and a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, all of them rare limited-production performance machines and each valued in the multi-millions.
The Speedtail is the fastest and most-aerodynamic ever produced by McLaren, the legendary British builder of top racers as well as innovative cars for the road. One of the just 106 built, the Speedtail has a pre-auction estimated value of $2.6 million to $3 million.
The Bugatti Chiron Sport, one of 60 built, is the first to be sold at public auction and has been driven just 3,950 miles. Renowned for its brutal performance, the Chiron can sprint from zero to 100 mph in just 4.4 seconds. This Beluga Black example is valued by the auction company at $3 million to $3.3 million.
The most valuable of the hypercar trio is the LaFerrari, heralded as the most-extreme performance car ever built by the famed Italian manufacturer. In the rare color combination of all black with a black interior, the LaFerrari is equipped with an F1-derived gas/electric hybrid powertrain, which led a new era for supercar technology. The black beauty has been driven just 576 miles and is valued at $3.6 million to $4 million.
A rare early example of the supercar that relaunched the Bugatti brand, a 1994 Bugatti EB110 Prototype, is a car that originally was used by the factory for promotion and display of its seminal effort, and what was then considered to be the world’s fastest production car. Far ahead of its time, the EB110 GT is powered by a quad-turbocharged, 60-valve V12 with all-wheel drive. Driven only 680 miles, the Bugatti is valued at $2 million to $2.5 million.
Among the pre-war classics is what the auction company calls “one of the finest, most significant Packards ever produced. An automobile that is spectacular in history, performance and presentation.” The 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria by Dietrich is one of just three known examples remaining today, and it has received a concours-quality restoration.
The Packard’s show-winning history includes First in Class at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it was runner-up for Best of Show. The magnificent classic is valued at $3.75 million to $4.5 million.
Another fine classic that will cross the auction stage is a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan with one of the most-famous body designs produced for the premier luxury car, produced by the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, California. Gorgeously restored and with its original frame, firewall, engine and coachwork, the Duesenberg is valued at $2 million to $2.4 million.
Other notable offerings at the Amelia Island auction are a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe in Fire Engine Red with a tan-leather interior and valued at $1.5 million to $1.65 million, and a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S “Package,” one of only two finished in Grand Prix White, driven just 13,000 miles from new, and valued at $900,000 to $1.2 million.
Another significant auction car is a well-documented 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, recently restored to “delivery specification” with Bright Blue paint over a red interior. The Cobra is valued at $1.1 million to $1.3 million.
For more information and full catalog for RM Sotheby’s Florida auction, held in conjunction with the famed Amelia Concours d’Elegance at the Ritz-Carlton resort, visit the auction website.