RM | AUCTIONS
Auctions America concluded its 2015 collector car season on a high note this past weekend (31 October), generating in excess of $5.4 million in sales at its debut sale at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. A highlight of the 2015 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance, the boutique afternoon auction saw 95 blue-chip automobiles and select automobilia cross the block before a standing room-only crowd. Demonstrating the event's widespread draw, bidders hailed from six countries and 29 states from across the U.S.
Top sale honors at Saturday's auction went to a beautifully presented 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC, a well-sorted example of one of the marque's classic 12-cylinder touring cars. Glistening under the auction lights, the classic Rosso over Black Ferrari attracted bids from multiple collectors in the room and on the phones before selling for a final $638,000. It led a superb roster of European sports cars at the event, including a 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi, just 3,600 miles from new, which garnered $360,250, and an exceptionally original 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, which sold for $343,750.
Highlighting American-built automobiles, a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette returned to Hilton Head Island after claiming Best of Show honors at the 2009 Concours d'Elegance. The iconic Vette provided one of the most exciting auction moments of the weekend, spurring a heated bidding contest between a bidder in the room and on the phone, to well-exceed its high-estimate at $379,500.