2013 Scottsdale Auction Week

Living here in Arizona, one of the year's highlights is auction week in January. Dad and I made our way around the circuit and enjoyed every minute. Our week started at Barrett Jackson. There's not a whole lot I can say about Barrett Jackson - quite a circus, with a lot of cars... that I'm not really interested in. However, there was one car that I was very interested in - the 1919 Pierce 66 A-4. This is the ex-Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle car with Don Lee coachworks produced at an incredible cost back in 1919. I had seen this car when in the Blackhawk collection (prior to it's current restoration). A fantastic car that failed to sale after a high bid of $1,000,000.
1919 Pierce-Arrow at Barrett Jackson





















Next up was our friends at Bonhams and one of the cars that stood out was the 1928 Stearns-Knight roadster (chassis F-1368). This car had a known history from new and was beautifully presented. Dad had the chance to drive this car and noted that felt tight and ran well. The car sold for a very reasonable $126,000.
1928 Stearns-Knight at Bonhams






















From there we visited RM Auctions, who had a freshly restored 1916 Pierce-Arrow model 48. I have a friend who has one of these and they are wonderful cars - this one sold for $181,500. RM holds it's auction at the Biltmore Hotel and the valet parking area is almost as good as the sale area. A lovely Aston Martin DB5 and Mercedes 300SL can be seen in the photo below - both local cars.
1916 Pierce-Arrow Model 48

The valet parking area at the Biltmore
 







































Another interesting event at the Biltmore was the exhibit of the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild student design competitors (1930 - 1968). Not only was there a great showing of the student's models (competition entries), but some of the individuals who made these as a kid were on hand as well.
Examples of the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild student offerings






















We ended our week at the Gooding and Company's wonderful breakfast and sale. David Gooding had some of the most impressive offerings of the week. The most expensive car in town, the 1958 Ferrari 250GT California Spider (chassis 1073GT), is seen below. This car sold for $8,250,000. I'm not sure what you do with a 8 million dollar car, but driving it to the store is probably out - shame... it's quite a car.
1958 Ferrari 250GT California

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