The 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance continued to grow in stature and attendance this year, but it was the growing cluster of elite auctions surrounding the event that threw up the most interesting results. The collector car market is undergoing generational change, attracting a younger clientele driving prices below $500,000.
There are many elite auctions in Europe each year, but few compare with Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, mainly because of the incredible concentration of enthusiasts that gather for the Duke of Richmond's most beautifully curated and successful event, held in the grounds of his family estate, Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.
The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este weekend on the shores of Lake Como in May each year holds a special place on the heritage motoring calendar and the official auction for the event, the Villa Erba auction staged by RM-Sotheby's, always throws up some spectacular machinery. This year eight cars topped the €1,000,000 mark and there were some very special cars offered below that figure as you will see from the summary below.
Last month, the limited-production 986 hp McLaren P1 LM became the world's fastest production car around the most demanding circuit in the world, the 20.8 km Nürburgring Nordschleife. It's such an extraordinary time that it is a significant automotive landmark for McLaren, the Lanzante team that executed the mission, and the the car that was used. Here's why.