The Arizona Auction week is one of the biggest classic car sale events of the year, with thousands of cars to be sold. Here’s everything you need to know
A full week of classic car sales kicks off on Saturday 10 January 2015, taking place in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. Although the bulk of the cars are naturally of Americn heritage, there is also a strong showing of European cars too – with a reasonable number of high-value cars.
Saturday 10 January to Sunday 18 January
Rather than one big sale, Barrett-Jackson will actually host a number of large auctions in Scottsdale on each day of the week. Last year, the auction house sold more than 1400 cars – most of which had no reserve, making for some interesting results.
Star car: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
Russo and Steele
Thursday 15 January to Sunday 18 January
For the muscle car specialist Russo and Steele, this year represents its 15th year at Scottsdale. The sale will feature the unique Coliseum-style ‘auction in the round’ layout, getting the crowd more involved with the process. An interesting spectacle for all those involved, including buyers, sellers and auctioneers.
Star car: 2007 Creative Workshop Sport Speciale SPCNS
Thursday 15 January
v Back for a fourth year at the increasingly popular US auction week, Bonhams sale is somewhat smaller than the local efforts. It does make up for the small numbers with much higher average values and a focus on rare European exotics, pre-war and as well as the odd Ferrari competition car...
Star car: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione
Thursday 15 January to Friday 16 January
It’s fair to say that RM’s 2014 $45.6 million sale was mightily impressive in terms of numbers, but it is the quality of the cars that really shines through. More than 120 high-value classics will be offered this year, with an increasing number of newer 1980s and 1990s supercars making up the catalogue.
Star car: 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT
Gooding & Company
Friday 16 January to Saturday 17 January
Like RM, Gooding & Company offers a selection of very high-value cars. Last year it actually sold close to $50 million worth of cars. Expect to see more world record prices this year with the array of supercars, competition cars and many other desirable classics like the 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ.
Star car: 1990 Ferrari 641/2 F1