Category archives: Auctions

What’s caught Andy’s eye at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

This makes my 16th year of covering RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction. I have had some great times and seen some great cars at the sale. Part of the charm of this auction is the diversity of the cars that RM Sotheby’s offers.

This year is no different, which makes it difficult to narrow my “Pick6” selection. Actually, I couldn’t reduce my list of likes that far, so I’m including seven cars on the docket that I would love to have in my personal collection. Continue reading

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

Cars fill four huge tall tents at 16th Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos
Cars fill four huge tall tents at 16th Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos

The first of the several hundred cars on the docket is scheduled to roll into Russo and Steele’s auction-in-the-round “block” at noon Thursday, when Drew Alcazar and his team launch their 16th annual Scottsdale sale. Wow. Has it really been 16 years since this high-energy auction made its debut? Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole at Gooding & Company

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One of the Ferrari’s being offered at Gooding & Company | Photography by Matthew Fink

So far the selection of cars at Gooding & Company has been the most enticing I’ve seen this week at the Arizona auctions. From the moment I walked in I was drawn to so many vehicles, especially the Ferraris.

There’s a stunning Ferrari that greets you as you enter the first big tent, and a row of them is just around the corner.  But there were other cars that also caught my eye, including those from Japan and several barn finds. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction

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Around the Classic Cars News office, we refer to this feature as a “Pick6.” It’s a not-so-veiled reference to my earlier career as a daily newspaper sports editor and the sports media’s use of “pick six” in referring to an interception that is returned for a touchdown at a football game.

But while we call it a Pick6, we don’t limit our selection of auction cars that catch our attention as we visit a sales venue to just six. We often share eight or 10 or even a dozen cars we like. Continue reading

Russo and Steele presents its Scottsdale ‘Sweet 16′

Excitement in the auction ring is a hallmark of Russo and Steele sales | Russo and Steele photos
Excitement in the auction ring is a hallmark of Russo and Steele sales | Russo and Steele photos

Russo and Steele stages its 16th annual Scottsdale, Arizona, auction from January 27-31 and, in a nice piece of creativity and timeliness, offers a “Sweet 16″ of sheetmetal, well, and maybe some fiberglass as well. Continue reading

New Year’s resolutions, intentions and wishes for the classic car community

Barn-found Maserati | Larry Edsall photos
Barn-found Maserati | Larry Edsall photos

For car collectors everywhere, larger garages.

For the automotive archeologists, more barn finds. There doesn’t seem to be anything that excites the hobby quite as much as the discovery of a dust-covered classic behind doors that have been closed for a few decades. Continue reading

Larry’s likes for Sunday at Leake’s Dallas auction

A Chevrolet SSR pickup makes its way Saturday from the block to its new owner at Leake Auction Company's Dallas sale| Larry Edsall photos
A Chevrolet SSR pickup makes its way Saturday from the block to its new owner at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale| Larry Edsall photos

Leake Auction Company is staging an experiment Sunday at its sale in Dallas Market Hall. In addition to its usual fare, it will offer some 125 cars at no reserve. No debating on the block with a car owner regarding the minimum sales price. Instead, the car simply sells to the highest bidder. Continue reading

Larry’s likes for Saturday at Leake’s Dallas auction

Cars await their turn across the block Saturday at Leake Auction Company's Dallas sale | Larry Edsall photos
Cars await their turn across the block Saturday at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale | Larry Edsall photos

I arrived after the bidding already had begun Friday at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale, though I arrived in time for the highlight of the day — the sale of Gas Monkey-fame Richard Rawlings’ 1929 Packard, fresh from its appearance just a few months ago at Pebble Beach.

I also arrived in time to wander through the collection of cars that will be crossing the block Saturday. Actually, make that crossing the blocks because Tulsa-based Leake employs two bidding turntables at its sales so the sale finishes each day by dinner time (or in the case of today’s sale, in time for the 7 p.m. kickoff of the Oklahoma vs. TCU football game; both teams are 9-1 and bidding to make the final four in the college football playoffs). Continue reading

Larry’s likes from Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale

Some of the cars awaiting the start of bidding at Auctions America's Hilton Head Island sale | Larry Edsall photos
Some of the cars awaiting the start of bidding at Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale | Larry Edsall photos

Bidding begins Saturday at 1 p.m. for Auction America’s inaugural Hilton Head Island sale, a 100-car boutique event being held in conjunction with the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance at the Weston hotel and spa on the South Carolina coastal island. Continue reading

Window Shopping with Nicole at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

I love getting lost in the beautiful paint, the glimmering chrome and the exotic cars that come to Barrett-Jackson at each auction location, and have learned each site seems to bring out a different style of cars. Maybe it’s because I am in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but the cars being offered for Barrett-Jacksons’ eighth year in Vegas are to die for. The cars, bikes, trucks and even boats are all show-stoppers in their own right, making it difficult to select just which ones I’d want to take home.

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