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Ferrari tops £4 million at RM's Amelia Island sale

The highest achiever of the RM sale was a fully restored Ferrari 400 Superamerica cabriolet. The matching numbers Ferrari was the third of seven short-wheelbase cabriolets built and was finished in an unusual olive green with a deep red interior. It sold for £4.3 million with the proceeds going to the vendor’s foundation for children’s education.

It was one of 10 cars to sell for more than £1 million at the Amelia Island 14 March auction. They included a 1955 Jaguar D-type with period racing history that sold for £2.4 million, a 1971 Lamborghini Muira – ex-press vehicle and the first to be sold in the US – which went for just over £1.5 million, and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis cabriolet with gorgeous coachwork by Gangloff, the desirable supercharged model was sold for £1.5 million.

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The car that exceeded its estimate most was a 2007 Ferrari 599GTB in virtually as-new condition. One of only 20 delivered new to the USA, it had covered just 3,800 miles. It sold for £450,000 - more than double its upper estimate.  

Other tempting cars included a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage MkII that had one owner from new and was in original unrestored condition. It sold for £464,000, a little over the average auction price for this model in top condition over the past 24 months.

Many of the cars on offer had famous previous owners, but none were as glamorous as the 1941 Cadillac Series 60 Sepcial Town Car, which was first owned by Hollywood star Bette Davis. One of six Derham-bodied cars made, it was snapped up for just over £100,000.

While most of the highest achievers were American or European, one Japanese classic made strong money. The two-owner 1970 Datsun Fairlady Z was in stunningly good original condition. It sold for just under £170,000.

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By Claire Evans

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