It’s one thing to see classic cars in auction catalogs, be they printed or online, to read the various auction-house descriptions, even to write the series of auction previews we shared with you last week. But it’s quite another thing to actually go to the auction venues, to see and to walk among those cars in person.
But that’s what we’re doing in the early days of Arizona Auction Week. For example, Monday, our newest staffer, Nicole James, and I spent much of the day doing a lap at Barrett-Jackson. Tomorrow, I plan to go to Bonhams. Wednesday, Bob Golfen is to visit RM and Gooding & Company and I’m planning to head to Russo and Steele and to Silver, with Nicole joining either Bob or me.
At each of those visits, what we plan to do is wander through the cars, cameras in hand, and to share with you the six to nine (or maybe even more) cars that we’d most like to take home with us.
This is a very personal process, dependent on very personal moods and tastes. But, hey, isn’t that the way it is with classic cars: You like Ferraris. He likes cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. She likes European sports cars. I like affordable classics.
Oh, and I’ll admit that what may have caught my eye a year ago, I barely may have noticed today as I was attracted to that bright and shiny thing over there.
With that said, and with the note that my focus was more on the cars in the tents out back than on the more expensive Salon or Ron Pratte cars up on the hill, here are the cars that really caught my eye Monday at Barrett-Jackson: