Category archives: Auctions

1,000 vintage motorcycles is a sight to behold

From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left...
From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left…
... and to the right | Larry Edsall photos
… and to the right | Larry Edsall photos

You may recall the scenes in the Nicholas Cage National Treasure movies when the bedraggled group somehow has survived a succession of life-and-limb threatening ordeals and finally beholds the acres of treasure arrayed below. Continue reading

Arizona auction analysis: Emerging trends in the marketplace

Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo
Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo

The final results from the Scottsdale auctions held during Arizona Car Week are in, and it looks like the total sales numbers are $262.8 million this year compared with $250 million last year. So, it looks like the market is climbing and all is great.

But if you actually attended the auctions, you probably have a different opinion about the pulse of the collector car marketplace. Continue reading

What makes Arizona Car Week special? It’s the people

Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos
Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos

I had an epiphany of sorts during Arizona Car Week 2017. Well, actually two of them:

  1. You can’t be everywhere at once, so don’t even try.
  2. The best part of the gathering of the clan of the car, in this case here in the Valley of the Sun, really isn’t the cars, as spectacular as they are, but the people they bring, and in the case of Arizona Car Week, they’re brought to the place where I live. How cool is this: I get to see amazing cars, talk with fascinating people, and sleep each night in my own bed.

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Driven: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

Honda offers all-new and second-generation Ridgeline pickup for 2017 | Honda photos
Honda offers all-new and second-generation Ridgeline pickup for 2017 | Honda photos

Honda’s next-generation Ridgeline may be the perfect pickup truck — at least for those buyers who need such a vehicle even if they really don’t want one.

If that seems confusing, let me explain: Crossover sport utilities are all the rage on American roads right now. For the most part, they combine the driving dynamics of a sedan with the ability to load in people or cargo like an old-fashioned station wagon or minivan. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale sale

Russo and Steele is known for sports, muscle, rods and customs, there there are classics available as well | Larry Edsall photos
Russo and Steele is known for sports, muscle, rods and customs, there there are classics available as well | Larry Edsall photos

The cars are cool but what I really like best about Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction this year is the new venue. After several years in what otherwise was a rough, open field near the intersection of Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 freeway, the auction this year has moved to its new home, the northwest corner of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Continue reading

Mopar performance muscles in at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

This restored 1963 Dodge  330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos
This restored 1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge Lightweight is one of just nine built by the factory | Bob Golfen photos

‘You don’t usually see these kinds of muscle cars here.”

That was the comment from a passerby at RM Sotheby’s auction as she walked by a group of vintage Mopar performance machines at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, where the sale is being held.

Big pre-war classics and high-end sports cars are what come to mind at RM Sotheby’s, although the Arizona auction generally features a fairly wide range of collector cars. Still, a solid contingent of mighty 1960s muscle cars is somewhat unexpected in such polite society. Those more likely are found headlining the boisterous Barrett-Jackson or Russo and Steele auctions, both of which specialize in American ground pounders. Continue reading

Andy’s favorites at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

Pre-war classics lined up at RM Sotheby's Arizona auction in Phoenix | Larry Edsall
Pre-war classics lined up at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction in Phoenix | Larry Edsall

Over the years, RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix has consistently featured cars that are right in the middle of the pulse of current market conditions.

This year is no different, with much of the inventory being either up-and-coming collector cars or serious muscle cars. Of course, these are mixed in with the usual assortment of high-value classics. RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale is one of my favorites of the year.

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What Bob would take home from Gooding’s Scottsdale auction

The 400-horsepower 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast greets visitors to Gooding's collection | Larry Edsall
The 400-horsepower 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast greets visitors to Gooding’s collection | Larry Edsall

As usual, Gooding & Company’s selection of collector vehicles is quite impressive, making it difficult to whittle my favorites to a mere nine. Forgetting about values and such (this is an exercise in dreaming, after all), I tried to hit a wide range of types and vintages without indulging my own desires. Too much.

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No-reserve drifting with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. drifing his 2017 Mustang RTR Spec 2 near Barrett-Jackson tents | Mustang RTR phtotos

Barrett-Jackson recently teamed with “professional fun-haver” Vaughn Gittin Jr. to create “No Reserve Drifting,” a video showcasing the world champion drifter’s abilities as he slides around the 74-acre WestWorld auction site in his 450-horsepower 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec II.

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