Auctions America showcases evolution of the sports car at its 14th annual Fort Lauderdale sale

By: Auctions America

• Sports cars from across the decades dominate Auctions America's Fort Lauderdale sale, April 1-3 in Florida

• From a classic Jaguar E-Type to a fascinating BMW M1 and a limited-production Ferrari F355 Spider, auction docket superbly illustrates the genre's progression

• Multi-day auction presents more than 450 quality automobiles and select automobilia

• Frequently updated list of entries available at www.auctionsamerica.com

AUBURN, Indiana (February 17, 2016) – Auctions America's annual Fort Lauderdale event is well-known for providing a wonderful showcase of automotive history and design for enthusiasts of all stripes. Over the past 13 years, collectors have come to know the event for its incredible quality and diversity, and the 2016 auction, returning April 1-3, will be no exception, lifting the gavel on more than 450 collector vehicles. Among the mix, stunning European sports cars feature prominently, with a variety of milestone examples from across the decades up for bids.

'Time and again, it is not only the quality of entries, but the diversity of our Fort Lauderdale sale that draws most compliments, and this year's event will be no different, offering something for everyone,' says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. 'European sports cars are perennial favorites at our Fort Lauderdale venue, and for sports car fanatics, this year's docket is filled to the brim with great examples from across the ages. From the seductive lines of the E-Type—a sports car that has truly stood the test of time and continues to be highly sought after by collectors—to the aggressive, low-slung BMW M1, another icon of its era, and the advanced BMW i8, the line-up provides a great illustration of the evolution of the sports car. To this end, our Fort Lauderdale sale is more than an auction, the event doubles as one of South Florida's leading car shows.'

Early sports car design is illustrated by a well-presented 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster. Recognized by many as 'the original sports car', the E-Type set the world on fire upon launch; hitting the scene with a sub-seven second 0-60 time and an impressive 150 mph top speed, monocoque construction and sleek curves, its combination of high performance, sensational looks and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of 1960s motoring. The example on offer has been expertly prepared and comes with a rare removable hardtop, original books and tools, as well as many upgraded components including a modern radio (Est. $150,000 - $200,000).

1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster
Another classic sports car with enduring appeal secured for the April sale is a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. An 'instant hit' with collectors and enthusiasts alike, the 365 GTB/4 was drastically different from the 275 GTB/4 that it replaced; the voluptuous curves of the 1950s and early 1960s were traded for more angular and aggressive bodywork, and it was fitted with an all-new 4.4-litre V-12 engine. Capable of accelerating to 174 mph, the 365 GTB/4 became the fastest production car in the world at the time of its introduction, earning the nickname 'Daytona' following Ferrari's incredible 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona. Exported new to the United States, the car on offer is an iconic example of the famed Italian sports car, restored in classic Rosso Corsa over black and fitted with Borrani wire wheels (Est. $675,000 - $725,000).

Auctions America's spotlight on European sports car design at Fort Lauderdale continues with an original 1981 BMW M1 – a shining example of the iconic '80s supercar'. The first production mid-engine BMW, the featured M1 is one of just 399 road-going examples. Fully documented and in single-ownership from new, it remains in pure stock form having never been federalized, and has been sparingly driven, showing only 13,500 original kilometers. Additionally, it retains many original components, including drivetrain and interior, and is accompanied by its original owner's manual, factory tool roll, luggage and M1 sales literature. The appeal of this particular example is further bolstered by its fascinating provenance. If there is such a thing as a globe-trotting automobile, it can be exemplified by this original BMW M1. Its journey began in Germany, where it was built, with the car then delivered new to Johannesburg, South Africa. It was later taken by its businessman owner to Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, and eventually, Australia, and New Zealand before landing in the United States in 2012. Shown at numerous events over the years, including festivities during the Australian Grand Prix, it is offered in Fort Lauderdale for the first time in 35 years by its first and only owner (Est. $500,000 - $600,000).

1981 BMW M1

The 'emerging collectible' category is illustrated by a limited-production 1999 Ferrari F355 Spider Serie Fiorano; one of only 100 built and one of just 26 fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, it is a highly desirable, rare model, making it one to watch in terms of collectability and value (Est. $200,000 - $250,000). The Fort Lauderdale docket also includes an 'instant classic' 2004 Porsche Carrera GT. Arguably the most important road-going Porsche of the last 20 years, the Carrera GT is the final six-speed supercar likely to be produced, making it incredibly valuable, even as new. The featured example, presented in rare Fayence Yellow over Dark Grey interior, boasts less than 6,000 actual miles and comes with original fitted luggage and air-conditioning (Est. $750,000 - $825,000).

Among the more recent sports car designs on show at Fort Lauderdale is a highly sought after 2001 BMW Z8 Convertible, the iconic modern successor to the 507. At time of introduction, the limited production Z8 was BMW's fastest roadster to date, capable of a 0 to 60 sprint in just 4.2 seconds. Equipped with the 4.9-litre DOHC V-8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the stylish example on offer shows just over 7,000 miles and is resplendent in black with a black canvas top, tan interior and a host of factory options (Est. $220,000 - $240,000). For BMW aficionados, the Fort Lauderdale offering also includes an outstanding 2014 BMW i8. In the years between the Carrera GT and i8, modern advancements led to the creation of a new hybrid – a sports car with 911-type performance, yet infinitely more eco-friendly. Presented in the optional Crystal White with i Blue colors, the featured car is well-appointed with fewer than 2,000 original miles on the clock (Est. $125,000 - $140,000).

1999 Ferrari F355 Spider Serie Fiorano

Additional notable entries for Auctions America's Fort Lauderdale sale include:

• a striking 2010 Spyker C8 Spyder; one of less than 300 built and showing fewer than 950 actual miles (Est. $200,000 - $250,000);

• a 1997 Porsche Turbo S Coupe; a wonderful example of the last of the air-cooled Turbo S, featuring air-conditioning and other conveniences (Est. $340,000 - $380,000);

• a 1930 Bentley 'Blue Train' Re-creation; a wonderful interpretation of fabled Bentley history, this example was built on a Bentley platform and has only covered a modest number of miles since, therefore remaining in as-new condition (Est. $600,000 - $650,000); and

• a 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Convertible Coupe, offered from its second long-term owner and featuring a rare rumbleseat windshield and many desirable extras ($140,000 - $170,000).

In addition to the automobiles, the Fort Lauderdale sale will present an assortment of automobilia, including a terrific selection of rare mascots, unheard-of Gas pump/service station lots, neon signs, fine bronzes and original art. Standout lots include a beautiful original Alfredo de la maria painting of the 1967 LeMans; a large scale Stutz Blackhack Special model of the land speed car driven by Frank Lockhart; along with a selection of 1960s era l'autopede carousel rides.

Auctions America's 14th annual Fort Lauderdale auction will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, April 1-3. To discuss limited consignment opportunities, call toll free 877-906-2437 (or +1 954 566 2209 outside North America) or visit www.auctionsamerica.com to view further event details and a frequently updated list of entries.

ABOUT AUCTIONS AMERICA

Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists, who offer over 150 years' combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company's established roster of annual events are held in some of the country's leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California; and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To learn more about Auctions America, visit auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.

Photo credit: Auctions America / : Ryan Merrill
Auctions America / Ryan Merrill
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