Gooding & Company held its third annual sale at Amelia Island, Florida, March 9, 2012, and "Porsche” was the name on everyone’s mind. Courtesy of $17.7m in sales of the Porsche-centric Drendel Family Collection, Gooding posted $36m in total sales, with 70 of 77 automotive lots selling. Additionally, the sale had 10 million-dollar cars (6 of which came from the aforementioned collection) and set 11 world records. This year’s total was its best Amelia effort to date, as the company’s 2011 sale earned $17.9m (just above what the 17 Drendel lots tallied), and its initial Amelia auction garnered $19m in sales.
Not surprisingly, top sale was the final evolution of the Porsche 917, a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder which traded at $4.4m. The restored car is reportedly the most powerful road-racing car ever built, and now holds the title of most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction. Second place for the event was a 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder that went for $3.685m, or nearly three times the price of the last 550 we watched sell. The top five lots were:
1. 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder sold for $4.4m
2. 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder sold for $1.43m
3. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 coupe sold for $3.685m
4. 1976 Porsche 935/76 coupe sold for $3.245m
5. 1984 Porsche 962 coupe sold for $2.53m
Aside from Porsches, the Gooding sale contained several other highly anticipated cars. Lightning did not strike twice for the Tucker market as Gooding sold one for $1.32m (versus the remarkable $2.9m Tucker at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale earlier this year). Likewise, a Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder was a no-sale at $440k, a strong number, but still far short of the eye-popping $880k Gooding sold an SS Spyder for during their January sale. A 1957 AC Ace Bristol roadster sold for 2008 dollars at $308,000.
Gooding will next have gavel in hand at the end of the summer with its annual blockbuster Pebble Beach sale, August 18 and 19, 2012.
Brian Rabold is editor of Hagerty Price Guide.