Sunday, October 2, 2016

Unusual Cars at RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2016 Auction was March 12 and 13th at the Ritz-Carlton, Florida and featured more than 100 automobiles. Here are a few of the more remarkable.
The Toyota 2000 GT may be one of the few Japanese cars capable of drawing six figures.

RM Sotheby's will have a 1967 example finished in white, one of just 62 left-hand drive examples that were sold new in the U.S. The auction house claims that it is considered to be the most authentic 2000 GT in the U.S. $797,000
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Prices of Porsches are going nowhere but straight up. RM Sotheby's offered an example from 1997, one of just 183 Turbo S models built for the U.S. This one displays 13,379 miles and is said to be a numbers-matching car.

With a 424-hp engine, these were essentially supercars back in the day. $495,000
1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Park Ward

This 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by Park Ward is an example with 20,000 miles. That's low mileage even for the typical royal deferred-maintenance-mobiles, and it's rare to see such a purpose-made limo see so little use.

1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

A 1978 example will roll across the block, the subject of a frame-off restoration. 1978 was the first year for front disc brakes on these, even though the basic design dates back to the 1950s. A 4.2-liter inline-six lives under the hood, good for 135 hp. $82,000
1985 Ford RS200 Evolution - The Group B racer is famous for holding the Guinness record for "fastest accelerating car in the world" for some time. This particular RS200 is one of just 24 built to Evolution spec and packs a 600-hp 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, connected to a five-speed manual. RM states that this one shows less than 450 kilometers, which makes it one of the least used RS200s in the world. $522,000
1963 Volkswagen Type 2 '23-Window' Super Deluxe Microbus with Eriba Puck camper

RM will offer a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Super Deluxe Microbus with a "safari" windshield, complete with a 1967 Eriba Puck camper. The VW boasts a 50-hp four-cylinder. The Bus itself received a bare-metal restoration in the 1990s. $159,500