Arizona Car Week 2021 Update

January is a sacred time of year for classic and sports car enthusiasts in Arizona. It’s a time when multiple collector car auctions converge on the desert for a week of excitement and events known as Arizona Car Week. But with the current restrictions in place regarding public health and safety, things are going to be very different for 2021. Here’s a quick update on what you need to know.

Three auction houses including RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., and Bonhams will hold collector car auctions in January. Two of them are hybrid events (live stream plus limited in-person attendance) and one is online-only. There are no auction events open to the general public in January.

The two larger collector car auctions, Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele, have been moved back to March 2021. Barrett is planning on an in-person event, though general admission ticket holders will not be allowed to enter the Auction Arena. Russo and Steele will only be open to registered bidders, and not to spectators or the general public.

Please see below for detailed information about each auction event.


Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March

The largest event during Arizona Car Week is Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale collector car auction. This event usually draws more than 300,000 attendees from across the country. Originally scheduled for January 16-23, the auction house announced on December 10, 2020 that their Scottsdale event would be rescheduled for March 20-27, 2021. Another important change is that only registered bidders will be allowed access to the Auction Arena. Only single-day tickets and VIP packages are available; I did not see any weekly passes for sale at the time of publication.

Preview Dates: Mar 20-23, 2021 (ticket required)
Auction Dates:
Mar 24-27, 2021
Location: Westworld of Scottsdale
Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 146+ vehicles for sale
Admission: $25-$70 advance online (varies by day)
Website: barrett-jackson.com


Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2021 Rescheduled for March

Russo and Steele will be hosting an exclusive private auction event at their headquarters in the Scottsdale Airpark. This invitation-only event is not open to the public. It will be a one-day event on March 27th instead of a multi-day event as in the past.

Preview Dates: Private Event, registered bidders only
Auction Dates:
Mar 27, 2021, 5:00 PM
Location: Russo and Steele Scottsdale Office
Address: 7722 E Gray Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: Not Available
Admission: Exclusive Private Event – By Invitation Only. Not open to the public.
Website: russoandsteele.com


RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021

RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale 2021 collector car auction will primarily be a live-stream event, with limited in-person attendance. Attendance is limited to registered bidders only, and is not open to the public.

Preview Dates: Jan 18-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates:
January 22, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Location: OTTO Car Club, Scottsdale
Address: 15550 N 78th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 80 vehicles
Admission: Open to registered bidders only. Not open to the public.
Website: rmsothebys.com


Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2021

Gooding & Co.’s Scottsdale 2021 auction will be an online-only event via the company’s Geared Online platform. There will be no in-person event for Scottsdale 2021.

Preview Dates: Online starting January 11
Auction Dates: Jan 18-22, 2021
Location: Online-only event
Address: Online
Catalog: 36+ vehicles
Admission: Online
Website: goodingco.com


Bonhams Scottsdale 2021

Bonhams will be offering a Live Stream with limited attendance auction event at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. The event is open to registered bidders only, and previews are available by appointment only.

Preview Dates: Jan 19-21, 2021 by appointment only
Auction Dates:
Jan 21, 2021
Location: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Address: 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85254
Catalog: 37+ vehicles
Admission: Open to registered bidders only.
Website: bonhams.com

Scottsdale Auto Auctions 2014 Calendar

January is the busy season for classic car auctions in Phoenix. For 2014, there are six different auctions coming up and two concours shows! This will be an exciting winter if you are looking to buy or sell your classic car, muscle car, hot rod, or other custom vehicle. Check out this list of upcoming Arizona car auctions for 2014:

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 Auction
Dates: Jan 12-19, 2014
Location: Westworld
Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Catalog: 1,600+ vehicles for sale
Gate Price: $15-$60 (varies by day)
Week Pass: $175
Website: barrett-jackson.com

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2014 Auction
Dates: Jan 15-19, 2014
Location: Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road
Address: 18601 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ
Catalog: 700+ Vehicles for sale
Tickets: $20 per adult/single day
Five-Day Pass: $80
Website: russoandsteele.com

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