Bonhams Amelia Island 2023

Thursday, 2 March

Lots: 9

Fernandina Beach, FL; US

Bonhams first came to Amelia in 2015, and has assumed its place as the first sale of the week on Thursday. Held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, it typically features a mix of high-dollar highlights and neglected but intriguing project cars, plus a grouping of prewar, brass and nickel era motorcars not found anywhere else on the island. This year was no different. The oldest car there was a 1903 Knox. The newest was a 2022 911. Projects included several scruffy Facel Vegas as well as a group of Jaguars in need of love and attention.

Sales totaled $12.8M, with 80 out of 102 lots sold for a 78 percent sell-through rate and an average price of $16,044. The most valuable car, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S by Vanden Plas that headlined this sale in 2016 before it was restored, failed to change hands at an $8.5M high bid. But there were plenty of intriguing automobiles further down the price ladder, and we highlight some of them in detail on the pages below.

by Andrew Newton
6 April 2023
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