Larry’s likes at Silver’s Spring in Arizona auction

Silver Auctions tent with resort and Four Peaks in the background | Larry Edsall photos
Silver Auctions tent with resort and Four Peaks in the background | Larry Edsall photos

A couple of days ago, our collector car marketplace analyst Andy Reid shared word that while the tip of the auction iceberg is solid (at least if the car you’re selling is immaculately preserved or restored and has stunning provenance), the values of much of the mass of cars below the surface, those with six-figure valuations, is, well, melting. Continue reading

What Bob would buy at Silver’s fall Arizona auction

A 1940 Lincoln Zephyr stands among the collector car selections at the Silver Auction | Bob Golfen photos
A 1940 Lincoln Zephyr stands among the collector car selections at the Silver Auction | Bob Golfen photos

Three times a year, Mitch Silver brings his laid-back collector car auctions to the Fort McDowell Casino in Arizona: In January during the famous Classic Car Week in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, in March as the snowbirds prepare to fly back to their northern homes, and in November to catch the snowbirds as they return for the sunny winter season.

The fourth annual Arizona in the Fall auction is happening this weekend with the goal of providing a cool set of fun wheels for the out-of-town folks to enjoy over the winter, and possibly re-sell at Silver in the spring. But it’s also just a fun, local sale in which old-car fans can engage without spending a whole lot of money. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Arizona in the Spring with Silver Auctions

A sample of the diversity of the docket at Silver Auctions' spring sale in Arizona | Photos by Nicole James
A sample of the diversity of the docket at Silver Auctions’ spring sale in Arizona | Photos by Nicole James

Silver Auctions held its annual “Arizona in the Spring” sale over St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Fort McDowell resort and casino near Fountain Hills, Arizona. The docket showcased a series of diverse and opulent vehicles that ranged from classic Bel Airs and late model Camaros, from Rolls-Royce Phantoms to BMWs. Continue reading

Mitch Silver’s auction trumps Donald Trump protesters

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Police barricade at Shea Boulevard and Arizona Highway 87 | Nicole James Photos

This morning I set out to cover the Spring Silver Auction at the Fort McDowell resort just beyond the Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Usually, it’s a relatively quick drive along Shea Boulevard from my home in Scottsdale. Saturday, it was anything but that. Continue reading

2016 Arizona auction sales total tops $256 million

Cars on the block at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photos
Cars on the block at Barrett-Jackson | Larry Edsall photos

Now that they’ve had time to check their figures and to add in post-block sales, the six collector car auction houses doing business last month in Arizona report total combined sales of more than $256 million.

While that figure is less than the nearly $293 million in sales last year, a number that was boosted by the sale at Barrett-Jackson of the huge Ron Pratte Collection, the $256 million total exceeds the strong 2014 auction sales results of more than $248 million. Continue reading

Analysis: Why some cars didn’t sell during Arizona Auction Week

Pre-war American cars not yet desired by next-gen buyers | Larry Edsall photos
Pre-war American cars not yet desired by next-gen buyers | Larry Edsall photos

While the various Arizona Auction Week sales enjoyed some $251 million in transactions and an overall sell-through rate of more than 80 percent, there were a number of no-sale cars this year, and many of them would have sold a year ago for the same high bids that were rejected this time.

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Arizona auctions showed a changing market, not a retreat

This 1992 Ferrari 512 TR sold at Barrett-Jackson for nearly $360,000, part of the rising interest in later exotics | Matthew Fink
This 1992 Ferrari 512 TR sold at Barrett-Jackson for nearly $360,000, part of the rising interest in later exotics | Matthew Fink

The collector car auctions last week in Arizona did not result in a major shakeout or a bursting bubble, as some had feared. But they did show a general stagnation of prices overall compared with the boom of the past few years, with some bright spots but also some receding values.

Auction analysts are poring over the numbers, sifting through the more than 2,000 cars that sold at six auctions in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. They’ll draw conclusions about what happened, but some things are already apparent. Continue reading

McKeel Hagerty talks ‘Mona Lisa cars’ and ‘mustache muscle’

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540, a 'Mona Lisa' car, rolls onto the block at RM Sotheby's | Larry Edsall photo
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540, a ‘Mona Lisa’ car, rolls onto the block at RM Sotheby’s | Larry Edsall photo

The collector car equivalent of Chicken Little is wrong. The sky isn’t falling. We haven’t rolled back the clock to the era of the gold-chain speculators. A bubble hasn’t burst. It is not time to panic.

Says who? Says McKeel Hagerty, that’s who, and as the largest insurer of classic and collector vehicles, Hagerty monitors the pulse of the hobby as closely as anyone. Continue reading

Will Porsche 911 overabundance ding prices in Arizona?

A long lineup of Porsche 911s are parked at Bonhams' auction in Scottsdale | Bob Golfen
A long lineup of Porsche 911s are parked at Bonhams’ auction in Scottsdale | Bob Golfen

The Porsche 911 seems to have it all – evocative styling, sparkling performance, competition history, a remarkably long-lived heritage – and there are plenty of them to go around. Since they hit the ground running in 1963, 911s have occupied a special space in the hearts of millions of enthusiasts of every stripe.

Porsches seem to be everywhere at the Arizona auctions this week, especially the 911 and its variants that have seen such a run up in values in the past few years. Bonhams has 21 Porsches out of its total of 115 collector cars being offered at auction today in Scottsdale. Sixteen of those cars are 911s, most of them lined up in a row that repeats the iconic form like an arcade mirror. Continue reading