Those of us living in the Northeast are in the grip of a cold snap and we are looking westward for some relief from winter’s icy grip. Scottsdale, Arizona beckons to the collector car afficionados with the inaugural 2012 collector car auctions beginning today, Tuesday, January 17 and running through Sunday, January 22.
The most famous and widely known of these events is the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. This year’s event features a record 1322 consignments with over ten cars each considered to be likely to reach the one million dollar mark. These gems include a 1948 Tucker Torpedo, the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Coupe concept car by Ghia (my personal favorite), an ultra-low-mileage Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, an exquisite 1947 Bentley Franay Mark VI Cabriolet, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Town Car, a Castagna-bodied 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Roadster Cabriolet and a 1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow, one of just five ever built!
39 hours of live television is scheduled on SPEED, commencing on Tuesday at 7:00 PM Eastern until midnight. Coverage is the same on Wednesday and Thursday and the Friday/Saturday coverage begins at noon through 10:00 PM. Sunday closes the event with television from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend this year’s record breaking auction. For more detailed information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website by clicking here.
On a slightly smaller scale but no less grand is the RM Auctions event scheduled for Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20. RM has established itself as perhaps the premier automotive auction house in the world, selling no less than five of the top ten most valuable cars in history, including a world record setting (at the time) 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold in 2009 in Maranello, Italy for the princely sum of 12,402,500 USD.
For a look at their digital catalog with all cars being offered, click here. You can also visit their website for more information and to watch the event live on the 19th and 20th.
Muscle cars rock your world? Then the Russo and Steele event is for you. Presented in a raucous “in the round” environment, the auction runs from January 18 through January 22 with over 700 classic cars being offered. CEO Drew Alcazar drives the event at ground level in a coliseum type atmosphere featuring unique intensity and emotion. For a peek at featured consignments, click here. See the video…
A more reserved and distinctive event can be found at the Gooding and Company auction on January 20 and 21. Gooding claims the world record for a car sold at auction at the Pebble Beach event last year as a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype sold for an extraordinary 16.39 million USD. This will be Gooding’s first ever two day event at Scottsdale and you can view their consigments here.
Bringing up the rear on this list but in no way any less distinctive is the Silver Auctions event slated for Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21. Silver celebrates its 20th anniversary event in Scottsdale, bringing affordable collector cars to the auction that many collectors believe are the best value in town. For a glimpse at their consignments, click here.
This year’s Scottsdale auctions promise record breaking sales and all of the pomp and pageantry that surrounds this celebration of the collector car hobby. I await this weeks activities with bated breath and hope that each of you can find the time to enjoy some of the gleaming paint and chrome that will fill your television screen. As always, I’ll see ya down the road…