Amelia Island 2020

Bonham's auctioned off these four classic cars for over $1 million each this weekend

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is known for showcasing some of the best-looking cars from past and present to the rich and famous. Over the weekend, Bonham's auctioned off some of the most desirable vehicles collectors are after. Four breeched the $1 million mark.

Lot 153: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

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This unique Ferrari has coachwork by Pininfarina. It is the 28th of only 100 330 GTS models built and made its way to the U.S. in 1967. It has a 4.0-liter V12 engine that gets 300 bhp. When it was new, it was offered with leather seats, and. electric windows. The car has 50,952 original miles on the odometer.

Bonham's sold the car for $1,475,000 including the premium.

Lot 159: 1907 Renault Type AI 35/45HP Vanderbilt Racer

1907 Renault Type AI 35/45HP Vanderbilt Racer

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William Kissam Vanderbilt lived a life of leisure and luxury thanks to his family's vast fortune. His passions included yachting and car racing. He purchased this Renault for racing. The model is powered by a 7.5-liter four-cylinder engine that yielded approximately 65 bhp. The car is only one of four that survives in the U.S.

Bonham's sold the car for $3,332,500 including the premium.

Lot 180: 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

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With its gullwing design and stylish exterior, the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was a hit right off the bat. This model started its life in Germany but then was sold to a buyer in Italy before making its way to the U.S. In 2010, Mercedes borrowed the model for its commercial "Welcome". In 2015 it led the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance.

Bonham's sold the car for $1,028,000 including the premium.

Lot 123: 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster

1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster

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This model is one of the rarest gems in the automotive world. It's an icon of automobile design and this particular one has a matching chassis, engine, drivetrain, and coachwork. The coachwork is by Jean Bugatti Design, making it even more special. Before it made its way to Amelia Island, it was a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance First in Class. It was originally purchased by Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, later the 3rd Baron Rothschild.

Bonham's sold the car for $7,100,000 including the premium.

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The Ford Motor Company will recall about 3 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag recall.

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Following the denial of a 2017 petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of 3 million vehicles, a move that will cost the company an estimated $610 million, according to internal estimates.

The petition is part of the larger Takata airbag recall and specifically involves the defect of phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate in the driver-side air bag inflators that Takata manufactured with a calcium sulfate desiccant. Ford wasn't the only recipient of the defective inflators. Mazda also utilized the parts.

The list of impacted Ford vehicles ranges from the 2006 to 2012 model years. They include Ford Ranger (2007-2011), Fusion (2006-2012), Edge (2007-2010), Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr (2006-2012), MKX (2007-2010), and Mercury Milan (2006-2011). Approximately 2.7 million of those vehicles are in the U.S. and 300,000 are in Canada.

Mazda is also part of the recall, with 5,848 vehicles effected by the inflator issue. Those models are 2007-2009 B-Series pickup trucks, which were built on the same platform using the same air bag inflators as the 2007-2011 Ford Ranger.

Late last year, the NHTSA ordered General Motors to recall 7 million trucks and SUVs after a four-year back-and-forth battle over whether or not the Takata air bag recall was absolutely necessary for GM products. The models recalled as part of this action are "GMT900" models that contain "SPI YP" and "PSPI-L YD" inflator variants. The GMT900 is a General Motors-specific platform that underpins a number of light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks and SUVs including: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Avalanche, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, and Cadillac Escalade EXT. The petition involves approximately 5.9 million model year 2007–2014 vehicles.

2014 Chevrolet Suburban The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban is one of the models NHTSA recently ruled needed to be recalled. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

In early 2020, 10 million vehicles were recalled after having their original equipment replaced with new versions of the same thing with the same design and chemistry rather than newly designed parts.

The Takata airbag recalls are part of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. It involves more than 67 million vehicles to date.

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This 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 is one of one.

Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Three vintage Aston Martins will be part of the first Silverstone Auctions sale of the year on March 5-6, 2021. The three models represent some of the rarest Astons in the world. Let's take a closer look.

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5

This car (seen above at the top of the page) is one of just 50 Series 5 DB4 saloons built prior to the arrival of the DB5, and it was one of the last ones off the line. The left-hand drive car retains its original engine and gearbox, and is finished in its original specification of Aegean Blue over White Gold.

The car is well-traveled. It was originally delivered new to California and comes to its new owner with an Aston Martin Assured Provenance document.

If it looks familiar, Bond fans, that's because it was a DB4 Series 5 Vantage that was used in filming "Goldfinger".

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage

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This is one of only 71 DB6 Mk2s that was equipped with the Vantage engine straight from the factory when new. Making it more rare is the fact that it is a right-hand drive saloon with a factory fitted manual gearbox. Those factors make it a one of one.

This chassis has been presented in multiple concours, had several successes with the Aston Martin Owners Club, and has undergone a significant engine overhaul by Aston Martin Works. It's finished in British Racing Green.

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2

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Lots of special attention courtesy of Aston Martin Works has made this 1969 DB6 a model worth taking a second look at for enthusiasts looking to invest. A history file of the car detailing all the work done includes notes regarding a full interior retrim, which was conducted at the same factory where the car was originally built.

The model was originally delivered new to Halesowen in October 1969. The car's original Celeste Blue metallic paint job was accompanied by a dark blue Connolly hide interior (bodywork is now finished in dark blue). It was supplied with the optional two front seat belts when new.

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