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1932 Stutz Super Bearcat

1932 Stutz Super Bearcat

Every spring, like a migration of rare and elegant birds, an amazing array of automobiles roost on Amelia Island.  Plenty of spectacular specimens will be drawing attention at the Amelia Concours Week (March 12-15.) As a preview, we’re throwing a spotlight on five rare beauties you can expect to see at this weeklong, high-octane event. (If these don’t get your motor running for Amelia Concours Week, nothing will!) On March 12, Amelia Island’s first-ever Bonham Auction will feature the 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat Convertible, one of the most exclusive American collector cars. Featuring coachwork by Weymann, the Stutz was formerly in the collection of Dr. Frederick A. Simeone, renowned automotive enthusiast and foremost proponent of original condition competition cars. The Stutz still features its original fabric covering, which is quite amazing considering its age. The Super Bearcat and the Duesenberg SSJ are considered by many to be the only two “super sports” cars produced in the American Classic Era. The Gooding & Company auction on March 13 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation will feature a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Carbriolet, highly regarded as the most successful Ferrari series of its time. The Ferrari 250 GT is estimated between $2 and $2.5 million and has since been widely celebrated and showcased at many events. It won two Platinum awards at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Concours in Palm Beach, Florida and the Amelia Award and 2nd in Class at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, among other deserving accolades. Also held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the Festivals of Speed, which takes place March 13 and 14, will feature a rare Mercedes Benz CLK GTR Roadster. One of only six in existence, the CKL GTR Roadster is priced at $2 million and features a 6.9L V12 Generating 600+ HP engine. Reaching a top speed of 199 mph, the Roadster goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The RM Auction, an official Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event, takes place on March 14 and will be headlined by a rare 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet. Beautifully restored, the Ferrari Superamerica features a V-12 engine with three Weber 46 DCF carburetors and four-speed manual transmission. According to noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, chassis number 1945 SA was built in mid-1960 as the third of seven short-wheelbase Superamericas built. One of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend, the Superamerica is expected to fetch more than $6 million. Proceeds from the vehicle’s sale will support the owner’s foundation for the education of children. The 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance  will take place on March 13 through 15 and features more than 20 of Sir Stirling Moss’ racing cars. Stirling Moss’ 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was the hero car of the 1955 World Sports Car Championship season. With it Moss won all three Mercedes-Benz victories in the 1955 World Championship. The three-liter straight-eight cylinder engine produces nearly 300 horsepower and propelled Moss and navigator Denis Jenkinson to victory in the fastest Mille Miglia in history. Moss completed the grueling 1000-mile lap of Italy in just over ten hours, a 60-year-old record still stands.
The 722, then and now.

The 722, then and now.

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