At Amelia Island’s 2012 show, vintage automobiles are
kings of the road.
Darin Schnabel / Courtesy of RM Auctions
1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe
Of the 92 classic cars that changed hands at the Amelia
Island auction, the 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe fetched the top price of $2.42
million. While the Cord name fell victim to the Great Depression, this car made
its mark in automotive history, being the first American car with front-wheel
drive and four hydraulic brakes. This particular car was designed by Count
Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and built by Hayes Motor Body Works specifically for
international auto-show competitions.