Two top-dollar Ferraris and a record-setting Bugatti

If you’re based on the East Coast and looking for exclusive automotive deliciousness, then the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance should be on your itinerary. Located north of Jacksonville, Florida, this annual event rolls out the red carpet for some of the world’s finest (and most expensive) collectible cars. And while the main attraction is undoubtedly the “competition of elegance,” there are a variety of ancillary car auctions that put the best on the block, with many lots exchanging hands for millions of dollars.

In fact, in this crowd, it’s hard to get noticed at all if you’re dealing in figures under seven digits. Of course, that’s the kind of thing you gotta expect in the world of top-shelf collectible automobiles. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest sellers from this year’s event, so read on and grab the drool bucket.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Amelia Island auctions.

Bonhams – Bugatti Type 57SC Sports Tourer

2016 Amelia Island – Auction Recap
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Kicking things off Thursday morning was Bonhams, which got it rolling with a slew of vintage push-pedal toy cars, many of which sold for several thousand dollars. Then the big boys rolled in, and while many commanded a high price, none came close to besting Lot 139 – a 1939 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer by Vanden Plas.

The bidding started at $6 million and quickly rose from there. When it was all over, this pre-war stunner went for $9,735,000, becoming the most valuable Bugatti ever sold at auction.

Check out the other million-dollar cars sold at Bonhams below (for a complete listing of lots sold, click here):

Bonhams Auction March 10, 2016
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Lot 123) $2,750,000
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Sports Tourer (Lot 139) $9,735,000
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A (Lot 167) $2,970,000
1933 Maserati 8C 3000 Biposto (Lot 175) $1,001,000

Gooding & Company – Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scaglietti Exterior
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World-renowned auction house Gooding & Company is reporting total sales cresting the $60 million mark – just from Friday’s singular event.

Contributing more than its fair share was Lot 69 – a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. Coated in red and fitted with a black interior, the car is simply breathtaking to behold. It’s also the twenty-second short wheelbase California Spider ever built, and it’s one of the only 37 examples with covered headlights. The previous owner had it for over three decades before bringing it to Amelia for its first public sale, and before that, it was used in the film Ieri, Oggi, Domani, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

When the gavel finally fell, Lot 69 went for a whopping $17.16 million.

Listed below are some of the other big sellers (for a complete listing of lots sold, click here):

Gooding & Company Auction March 11, 2016
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra (Lot 14) $1,320,000
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (Lot 20) $1,512,500
1931 Dusenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe (Lot 22) $2,640,000
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder (Lot 34) $5,335,000
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR (Lot 36) $2,310,000
1990 Porsche 926C (Lot 38) $1,650,000
1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder (Lot 44) $3,000,000
1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau (Lot 45) $1,017,500
1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster (Lot 46) $1,540,000
1959 Porsche 718 RSK (Lot 48) $2,860,000
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort (Lot 56) $1,120,000
1966 Ford GT40 Mk. 1 (Lot 62) $3,300,000
1995 Ferrari F50 (Lot 64) $2,310,000
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (Lot 69) $17,160,000
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (Lot 71) 1,875,000

Making headlines and topping the list of prices realized was the wide variety of Porsches and VWs from the Jerry Seinfeld collection. For the full story, click here.

RM Sotheby’s – Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico
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On the following Saturday, RM Sotheby’s managed to post some impressive sales numbers of its own. While not quite as extreme as the Gooding & Company event, Sotheby’s still moved $38.6 million of machinery.

At the top of the list was Lot 163 – a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina. The car was previously shown at the 1962 Turin Automobile Show, and it was owned by America racing driver Erwin Goldschmidt for over four decades.

Lot 163 went for $4.4 million, easily surpassing the original $2.7/3.3 million estimate and setting a new world record for a 400 Superamerica Coupe sold at auction.

Here are the other top-sellers from Sotheby’s (for a complete listing of lots sold, click here):

RM Sotheby’s Auction March 12, 2016
1932 Packard Twin Six Coupe Roadster (Lot 118) $1,210,000
1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria by Rollston (Lot 132) $1,100,000
1968 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina (Lot 139) $2,000,000
1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner (Lot 147) $1,815,000
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO (Lot 148) $2,585,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (Lot 161) $1,265,000
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina (Lot 163) $4,400,000
2014 Pagani Huayra (Lot 164) $2,035,000
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra (Lot 179) $1,155,000
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