Compared with the five other Arizona collector car auctions going on this week, Silver’s Fort McDowell sale is way out in right field, both in location and substance. While the other auctions are situated within the Scottsdale/Phoenix metro hub, Mitch Silver has planted his event northeast of town at the Fort McDowell Casino and Resort in the Yavapai tribal community.
And while the other auctions try to outdo each other in the splendor of their sales, Silver remains a laid back and easily accessible affair for the everyman enthusiast, with most of the collector cars on the docket readily affordable.
Silver attracts a decent crowd of sellers, bidders and onlookers, who Thursday checked out the varied collection of auction cars parking within the fenced-off compound in the casino parking lot. Most folks just moseyed up and down the rows of cars in the relaxed atmosphere while bidding was fairly brisk in the auction tent as Mitch called out the numbers.
There’s nothing snooty or high-end about this sale, and the plethora of late-model cars gave parts of the collection the look of a used-car dealership rather than a collector car auction. But there is much to like around here, and these are the cars that caught my eye: