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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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5 things I love about Arizona Car Week

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1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer | Photos by the Function Factory and Nicole James

I survived 2017 Arizona Car Week. If you were here for the auctions and car shows, you know that’s quite a statement as the entire week was plagued with rain and — to a Phoenix native — very cold weather.  But that didn’t deter many enthusiasts from venturing out to enjoy the events as best we could.

Here are five things I loved about Arizona Car Week 2017: Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Lancia Fulvia

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1971 Lancia Fulvia

Ten-years after leaving Formula One racing, Lancia re-established its motorsports department in 1965 with the Fulvia Coupe and placed a new focus on rally racing. Driven by privateer Lancia enthusiasts, the Fulvia was considered a prototype racecar until 1969.

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Driven: 1942 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Club Sedan

1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM's revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos
1942 Oldsmobile was the first car equipped with GM’s revolutionary Hydra-Matic transmission | Nick Kurczewski photos

For automotive purists, now might be the time to look away. That’s because standing right in front of you is the car that helped bring automatic shifting to the masses. While the sleek Art Deco exterior of this 1942 Oldsmobile is striking, it’s what connects car’s inline8-cylinder engine to the rear wheels that makes this truly an historic automobile. Continue reading

Ford leader Fields talks of Broncos, Mustangs and much more

Ford president and chief executive Mark Fields at recent Consumer Electronics Show | Ford photos
Ford president and chief executive Mark Fields at recent Consumer Electronics Show | Ford photos

They come to Barrett-Jackson from all walks of celebrity. There are the entertainers; this year it was Justin Bieber, selling his Ferrari 458 Italia F1, and Steven Tyler his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, with proceeds from later going to charity. And sports stars, too: Floyd Mayweather offering up his Bugatti Veyron and Dale Earnhardt Jr. selling his NASCAR Chevrolet, like Tyler also for charity. Why, even ol’ Burt Reynolds got into the act, with yet another of his 1978 Pontiac Firebird Bandits.

Also up on the block last week at Scottsdale was the perhaps lesser-known Mark Fields. While he may not be a star of the stage or screen or sports arena, Fields is president and chief executive of the Ford Motor Company and he helped sell a uniquely outfitted 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup that raised $207,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Continue reading

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