Huge prices were achieved at RM's Amelia Island auction on 8 March, with many lots besting their estimates. Top of the pile, though, was a 1939 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster that made a colossal $6,600,000.
The 135 Competition Court was only built for around two years and this example is one of just two short-chassis survivors. It was clothed by eminent French coachbuilder Figoni et Falaschi, and is the only car with its Geo-Ham nameplate in place – a late nod to illustrator Georges Hamel's influence on the design.
The car was part of the Pray Collection and had remained in the same ownership for more than half a century. It boasts a straight-six 3557cc engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.
Big figures featured across the board, with a 1957 BMW 507 Series II selling for $2,420,000, despite its upper estimate being $1.8m. Also part of the Pray Collection, it sported its original engine, Rudge wheels and removable hard-top. The car was bought by Pray in 1972, but before that it had been used extensively in competition. Its previous owner, Alan Friedland, campaigned the BMW in many SCCA races in Ohio. Among the spares was a set of straight-cut gears.
British classic cars did well on the day too, with a 1939 Aston Martin 15/98 Short Chassis Open Sports selling at $616,000 – more than $200,000 above its pre-sale upper estimate. Finished in Elephant's Breath Grey, it is believed to have been the last of just 50 15/98s produced.
The micro-car resurgence following the Bruce Weiner sale in February 2013 continued at Amelia Island, with three examples all topping their estimates. Most sought-after was a 1958 BMW 600, which sold for $55,000 – $20,000 over upper estimate.
Close on its heels was a 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly that went for $99,000.
A 1958 Goggomobil T400 also did well at $35,750.
No Amelia Island sale would be complete without the presence of the prancing horse and the 1961 Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet didn't disappoint. The 250bhp V12 sports car sold just under its upper estimate at $1,760,000. It was also offered from the Pray Collection.
Not all the lots were perfectly restored and a 1930 BNC Type 527 Voiturette was a real tonic, resplendent with chipped paintwork, surface rust and an exposed metal dashboard. Though it had taken part in the inaugural Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, the car was placed in storage in the late 1960s before being uncovered in 2008. It sold for $181,500, at the lower end of its estimate.