This year’s RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2017 sale featured cars with incredible racing heritage set on the distinctly luxurious backdrop of the Ritz-Carlon. There were so many perfect iconic of automotive culture’s past that it’s quite hard to choose which one was the best. Here are a few glimpses from the preview as we wait for the next event at Lake Como on May 27, 2017.
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta. The open gated gear shift and the badging marked the return of the full-fat V12s to convertible Ferraris after 30-years with the 550 Barchetta.
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. While Maranello never planned to race the Daytona despite of being the fastest production car in the world, privateers understood the potential and did it anyway. Later supported by Ferrari, the Datyona would be made from lightweight body panels and the engine tuned up to 450bhp. Shot at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2017 Sale.
1995 Ferrari F50. When one speaks “racing car for the road”, it doesn’t get any more literal than the Ferrari F50. One of the very few cars where the naturally-aspired engine screams past 10,000rpm.
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. With Le Mans and Carrera Panamericana wins, the 300SL has the ultimate pedigree with utmost elegance in design, both inside and out.
1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre 2.+2. Possibly the most desired car in automotive culture, the E-Type’s owner-list included Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison, Tony Curtis and George Harrison.
What was created from the leftovers of the 3.5-Litre V10 Formula 1 engine that got dumped mid-way of development. Porsche revived it by boring out the engine block to 5.7-Litres that took the power up to 605hp and the torque up to 435lb-ft (). The Carrera GT was never meant to comfort your drive. Instead, it was made to give you a kick in the spine every time you shifted gear. The last of the greatest analogue supercars. Shot at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island.
The inspiration from period aircrafts is clear in the of the E-Type cockpit while the oversized wheel still has some catch-up to do with post war design inspirations.
It was the purest of purebreds of Nissan where they took the same race-prepped S20 straight six from the Skyline GT-R and dropped it into the Datson 240Z. This version sadly was only meant for Japan with only 420 units ever made.
2011 Porsche 911 Speedster. The fourth generation speedster celebrated 25-years of Porsche exclusives. Based on the 997, it was limited to 356 to pay tribute to the 50’s Porsche icon.
With the introduction of the Boss 302 for the 1969 season, Tasca had so much pull with Ford that they quite literally stopped the presses at the Metuchen Plant in New Jersey while they turned out a red ’69 Boss 302
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