Several of the big auctions houses pitch at Amelia Island in Florida during its prestigious concours event this week. They bring with them the usual vast array of vastly expensive machinery for the world’s vastly wealthy car enthusiasts to squabble over.

All eyes will be on Gooding & Co., whose sale includes no less than 17 cars from comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s world-class Porsche collection. But RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams have plenty that’s tickled out fancy, too.

Here, we focus on the catalogues of the latter two. Among our picks are a couple of short-lived manufacturers we hadn’t heard of before; a ’58 Chevrolet that looks like it could have belonged to a Mafia hitman; possibly the most expensive Pagani Huayra ever built and the world’s first petrol-electric hybrid, built 120 years ago.

View the full RM Sotheby’s catalogue here; the full Bonhams catalogue here.

By Only Motors

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