1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe. Click image to enlarge
Jacksonville, Florida – An original 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe with coachwork by Murphy sold for $2.64 million at RM Auctions’ 10th annual Automobiles of Amelia Island event last weekend. Held March 8th at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, the single-day auction saw over 100 vintage automobiles cross the block.
The star attraction of the auction was a historic 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster, custom-built for Edsel Bryant Ford, former President of the Ford Motor Company. Previously hidden in storage for decades, the Amelia sale marked the auction debut for the distinguished Speedster, an occasion which spurred lively bidding and significant interest before the gavel fell at an impressive $1.76 million.
Additional auction highlights included:
A 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer with coachwork by Harrison, one of only 10 originally built, sold for $2.2 million
A 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline with coachwork by LeBaron brought $1.2 million
A 1931 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton, one of only 18 V16 Sport Phaetons in existence, achieved $522,500
A multiple Best of Show winning 1933 Packard Super Eight Convertible Victoria was won with a final bid of $412,500.
The auction event was followed by the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Next month, RM Auctions will hold three separate auction events in North America: the Classic Car Auction of Toronto to be held April 4th to 6th at the International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario; the Wayne Davis Collection to be offered on April 19th in Southlake, Texas; and the Classic Car Auction of Michigan to be held April 26th to 27th at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan. In May, RM Auctions will return to Maranello, Italy for the much anticipated Ferrari: Leggenda e Passione auction event.
For full sales results from the Amelia Island auction and further information on upcoming RM events, visit RMAuctions.com.