The Top 5 Cars at Tomorrow's Amelia Island Car Auction

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Over the past week, we’ve previewed some of the rare and expensive cars headlining RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Car Auction. The event gets underway tomorrow, so we thought we’d compile a shortlist of the cars we’re the most excited to see.

We based our list on criteria like rarity, value, history, and quite simply, if the car just looks good. These are the vehicles we expect to turn heads at tomorrow’s auction:

 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

Arguably the best example of American and European engineering combined, the Shelby Cobra is an iconic American sports car. It has that size, power, and straight line performance you’d expect from an American machine, but is lithe and finesse in its precision handling.
The ’63 289 Cobra available tomorrow has been fully restored by marque specialist Dave Wagner of Detroit, Michigan, including a rebuilt engine by the Ford experts at Roush. This is one of the cars that we’re enamored with thanks to its rich history, so we’re sure it’ll be a hit on Amelia Island, too.

 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta 'Tour de France'

The Berlinetta made our Top Ferraris at the auction list, and we couldn’t omit it from this one either. After all, this is the car that dominated GT-class racing in the late 1950’s, capturing the ‘Tour de France’ three years straight (‘67-‘69).
The 250 GT IS recognized as the most successful 250 GT in the Ferrari family. Considering it’s the most significant competition automobile of Ferrari’s illustrious history, we expect this ’57 Berlinetta to garner major interest over the weekend.

 2014 Pagani Huayra

Okay, we’re a bit biased for the classic cars, so we’ll include something a little more modern. And the Pagani Huayra is at the top of high-end, modern supercars.
This could be the most powerful car on Amelia Island; the 720 brake horsepower and incredible 1,000 Newton-meters of torque is unstoppable. It allows the Huayra to hit a top speed of 238mph, and accelerate 0-60mph in 3 seconds flat.
What this 2014 Huayra lacks in history is made up for in raw power and performance.

 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina

Another Ferrari to make our list, the Superamerica makes the list on looks alone. Simply a timeless, classic car look – what else can we say? Just look at that frame.
Not to say the car is nothing but aesthetics: the Superamerica is considered the first true ‘supercar’, in a time when those supposedly didn’t exist. It used the best chassis derived from the latest racing engineering at the time, and the most powerful engine possible, making it one of the best Ferraris around in that era.

 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

Daimler-Benz’s first attempt at a roadster designed for the general public was, well, a mess. It was rushed, and didn’t do the Mercedes company any justice as a high-end automaker.
The Benz boys really came around in their second iteration of the 300 SL Roadster, improving every aspect of the car into the beauty you see here. The Roadster was only produced for six years (the good one, anyway), making this a nice, niche piece of Mercedes-Benz history.
Oh, and it looks killer, too.

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