An appearance by funnyman Seinfeld himself helped the garage door remote receivers of lot 47, a 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. A remarkable 15,500-mile, all-original example, it sold for an astonishing $120,000, making it surely the most expensive unmodified 1960 Beetle sold to date. At that price it’s no joking matter. Hollywood Wheels reported sales of$8,399,000 with 61% of lots sold.
This two-day, Porsche-dominated event was held at the Omni Plantation Resort; its top seller was a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT convertible that brought $604,8 Newcomer Motostalgia managed a $5,116,850 haul, again with 61% oflots finding new owners. Interestingly, a number of the cars thatwere auctioned at garage door remote receivers sale were not on-site but were located in Mexico. Thiis is particularly prickly for US buyers, as there are very specific laws prohibiting the import of production cars less than 25 years old.
Although there is a potential exemption to this law under the so-called ‘Show and Display’ rule, production cars available in US-legal form are not allowed in until they have celebrated their 25th birthdays. RM Sotheby’s, the official house for the Amelia Island Concours, held its sale on Saturday 12 March at the Ritz Carlton itself, bursting at the seams with onlookers and bidders. Thie total garage door remote receivers tally was $38,577,000 with 82 of 93 cars changing hands, the best earner among them a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Aerodinamico Coupe that sold for $4,400,000 including buyer’s premium. A crowd favourite was Lot 105, a 2004 TXII London taxi at $77,0 It definitely went ‘off the meter’ for a sale that will surelybe hard to repeat.