With action at five venues, Thursday was the first full day of auctions during Arizona Car Week 2017 and, notably, overall totals were 30 percent above 2016 figures through the same point in the week, according to Hagerty, the insurance and value-tracking company that staffs each of the Arizona sales. Continue reading
Worldwide Auctioneers made its debut Wednesday night at Arizona Car Week with a well-attended — standing-room-only — sales room and a nicely loaded 82-car docket that was so well received that two cars each sold for a million dollars or more.
The million-dollar cars were a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 roadster and a 1955 Lancia Aurelia GT B24S Spider America. Continue reading
Bonhams is celebrating its fourth year in Scottsdale, and this year’s selection of cars is the best the venerable auction house has ever had here in the desert, as well as being among the best offerings of any of the seven auction companies working Arizona Car Week. This includes my second-favorite car ever offered for sale at any auction anywhere.
As always is the case, Bonhams has a bit of something for every price level, and my picks of cars that I would most want to take home reflect that.
After nearly every collector car auction, the auction houses publish on their websites a list of all lots that sold, and for how much. Some also will share information on the high bid on lots that didn’t sell. In most cases, the auction houses also issue a news release listing an overall sales total, a sell-through rate and a list of the 10 lots that brought the most money. Continue reading
If you wanted to see enthusiastic bidding on classic cars, you needed to be inside the Worldwide Auctioneers’ tent in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday morning when 120 fifth graders were introduced to the wonderful world of collector vehicles. Continue reading
Bradley Farrell may be the owner and chief executive, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t handle seemingly mundane tasks as his year-old collector car auction company prepares for its upcoming sales.
One of those sales will take place this spring in The Finest Automobile Auctions’ 48,000-square-foot headquarters and showroom in Danbury, Connecticut, where the CEO sweeps the floors when he’s not negotiating for an auction consignment or working on yet another way to revolutionize the collector car auction process. Continue reading
Just when you thought the Porsche passion had crested, a new wave of 911s, 356s, race cars and exotics from the German sports car brand washes into the Scottsdale/Phoenix area for the seven auctions of Arizona Car Week. The prophesized burst of the bubble has not occurred, although values have flattened somewhat.
The classic 911 experienced the greatest run-up in prices during the past four years, with many former entry-level models reaching toward six figures, and more-desirable cars going well beyond. The upcoming Arizona auctions are again awash in 911s, with the total number just slightly less than last year’s selection. Continue reading
In 1967, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett organized a Scottsdale car show to benefit local charities. By 1972, the car show had transformed into a classic car auction and has continued to support charities over the years, including the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund, established in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.
Hard to believe that 20 years ago, about the only automotive-oriented programming on television was MotorWeek, produced by Maryland Public Television and seen on many PBS stations. Continue reading
Muscle cars were what bidders wanted during the opening weekend of Mecum Auctions’ huge sale at Kissimmee, Florida, where a 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible led the “sold” parade, hammering at $230,000 (Mecum does not include buyers’ premium fees in its price reporting). Continue reading