One of my destinations during Monterey Car Week 2019 was the RM Sotheby’s auction, which was held at the Monterey Conference Center. I paid $40 dollars admission to view the auction cars during the preview hours.
While I couldn’t document every car in the catalog, here are some highlights from the Monterey 2019 auction:
1994 McLaren F1 LM
The McLaren F1 is considered by many to be the “Greatest of All Time” of the supercar world. Just 106 of these amazing vehicles were built between 1992-1998. Of those, only 64 were road legal, and of those, only two were upgraded by the factory to “LeMans specifications.” This is one of those cars. As if the regular F1 weren’t special enough, the LeMans spec gets an unrestricted 680 hp engine (up from 618 hp in the standard F1), and a High Downforce Kit (HDK) with a revised nose with front fender vents and a huge rear wing.
For a car spotter like myself, seeing this car in person was the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail. It was an absolutely stunning example and perhaps the most outstanding vehicle of Monterey Car Week 2019. On the auction block, the car’s high bid was $18 million, slightly below the estimate of $20 to $25 million. With the buyer’s premium, the final sale price was $19,805,000. Congratulations to RM Sotheby’s and to the new owner!
2019 McLaren Senna (Serial No. 434/500)
McLaren’s latest hypercar, the Senna, is the latest and greatest in its lineage of “Ultimate Series” cars, which include the P1 and the F1. The Senna is limited to just 500 units worldwide. This one, car #434, is painted in Victory Grey with Papaya Spark accents. The car’s twin turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine produces 789 horsepower and was designed as a track-focused design with minimal comforts and amenities. The car did not meet its reserve price at the auction. Continue reading →
While collector car auctions like Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele capture much of the media spotlight during Arizona Car Week, there are other auctions like RM Sotheby’s that cater to the true enthusiast. Though their catalog is much smaller at around 200 vehicles, I find that RM Sotheby’s offers a wide variety of classic and contemporary cars, each one of which is truly outstanding.
The following are some personal highlights of cars I spotted at their 2019 Scottsdale Auction, held at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort. While I would love to do a feature on every car in their catalog, time simply does not allow such a luxury. I have chosen some of the cars that I feel represent the quality and selection one would find at an RM Sotheby’s event.
Lot #273 – 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale by Pininfarina
Every Ferrari is special, but this one is really something to write home about! This 1957 250 GT Speciale is a one-off custom bodied car by Pininfarina that was built for Lilian, Princess of Réthy, the royal lady of Belgium. The car was appraised at $11 to $13,000,000 by experts, but it did not meet the reserve price, with the highest bid received of $7,500,000 according to Hagerty.
The Tucker 48 is today appreciated as an automobile that was far ahead of its time. Just 51 cars were ever built before production ended. RM Sotheby’s is no stranger to Tuckers. They sold chassis no. 44, the legendary Ohio barn find car, at the Scottsdale 2017 auction for $1,347,500. Chassis no. 29, Preston Tucker’s personal car, crossed RM’s auction block in 2018 for a handsome $1,792,500. Now in 2019, chassis no. 40, a beautifully restored blue car (shown above) sold for $1,600,000 (including buyer’s premium).
Barrett-Jackson returned to Scottsdale, Arizona for their 46th annual Collector Car Auction event, which was held from January 14-22, 2017. They sold a record number of cars, and raised nearly $2.2 million dollars for charity. In case you missed it, here are some photos that should give you a sense of what it was like to be there.
Approximately 320,000 people passed through this entrance during the eight day event. Continue reading →
This 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle sold for $1.3 million at Barrett-Jackson’s 2017 Scottsdale auction.
For 46 years, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale has been the cornerstone event of what has grown into “Arizona Car Week.” I have been attending the Scottsdale auction for over 10 years now, and have covered the event on this site for 5 of those years. Usually, I recap the auction by writing about a couple of unique cars that caught my eye, or industry trends like Micro Cars, hot rods, and celebrity car sales. This year, I want to do something different and share some thoughts about the January 2017 auction.
Setting Records The Scottsdale 2017 auction was a record-breaker for Barrett-Jackson and for the collector car community. Consignments were way up this year, indicating that confidence in the market is on the rise.
The auction normally features 1,400-1,500 collector cars, and 2017 saw a jump to 1,719 vehicles on the docket! In fact, they actually started the auction a day early on Monday, January 16th, just to get through them all!
Here are a couple of highlights from the Scottsdale auction:
Over 320,000 people attended the 8-day event
Total auction sales (including memorabilia) were approximately $102 million
Cars in the auction had a 99.5% sell-through rate
The Charlie Thomas Collection featured 146 vehicles and yielded more than $1.7 million in sales
There were 8 Charity Auction cars, which raised a total of $2.28 million dollars for charities ranging from Military Veterans to Children’s Hospitals
The top charity car was Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder supercar which sold for $800,000, of which 100% of the proceeds went to Janie’s Fund, a program that provides support for abused and neglected girls
More than 36 hours of live auction coverage aired on Velocity TV and Discovery
You might think that after 46 years, the car auction business would be a humdrum event, but that’s not the case at all. Compared to other car auctions, Barrett-Jackson has the largest catalog of cars, the largest audience, and nearly half a century of experience, and they know how to generate excitement unlike anyone else. I think that is reflected by the record-breaking numbers in this year’s auction.
Making Memories One of the hallmarks of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is that there’s so much to do. While the cars are the main focus, there were vendor exhibits, Dodge Thrill Rides, celebrity appearances, a Polo match, a BMX exhibition, and plenty of food options to create a full day’s entertainment each day of the event.
While all of these are great, my favorite part of the auction is walking around under the tents outside and looking at the different cars that have been consigned for sale. While I am out there, I see lots of other people doing the same thing. The love of cars is an interest that brings people together, regardless of age, income, or other factors.
Barrett-Jackson is not in the business of selling cars – they are selling dreams.
There are groups of friends both young and old walking around checking out the cars. I see best friends reminiscing about the cars they had in high school and the mischief they got into. Barrett-Jackson is not in the business of selling cars – they are selling dreams. Dreams of the car they always wanted, or the one they used to have that got away.
I see young kids whose eyes light up when they see a Plymouth Prowler or a gigantic supercharger sticking up out of the hood of a muscle car. This is the event to see all things weird and wonderful of the automotive world, from the Amphicar to a Ferrari Testarossa. You don’t need to know a single thing about cars to see something that stirs your soul, and Barrett-Jackson is the place where that happens. These kids are the collector car owners of the future. What they see at these events may start them down a path that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Whether you want to see record-breaking auctions or create lasting memories with friends and family, Barrett-Jackson is the place to be. It is the excitement and the memories that keep me coming back, year after year. You can find out more about upcoming auction events by visiting www.barrett-jackson.com.
The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction will be returning to Scottsdale in January of 2017 for its 46th year. I have attended the Scottsdale auction for over 10 years, and I am impressed with Barrett-Jackson’s ability to keep the event fresh and interesting time after time. Here are some highlights of recent auctions to illustrate my point:
2005 – Barrett-Jackson sells a one-off Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car for $3.24 million.
2006 – Barrett-Jackson makes headlines by selling a 1950 GM Futurliner bus for $4.1 million.
2007 – Barrett-Jackson sets an all-time record when they sold Carroll Shelby’s personal 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” for a staggering $5.5 million dollars.
2008 – Barrett-Jackson auctions off cars from the hit TV show Monster Garage.
2009 – Barrett-Jackson auctions off hundreds of concept and prototype cars from the GM Heritage Collection, and sells a rare Ford Tri-Motor Airplane for $1.21 million.
2010 – The top seller is a Hamilton H-47 Metalplane, which sells for $671,000. Other big sales included a 2011 Mustang Glass Roof Coupe for $330,000 and a 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback for $247,500.
2011 – This was a rough year for the collector market, with the economic recession putting a damper on things. The top seller was a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition for $450,000 – followed by a 1950 Mercury Custom Coupe and a 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica selling for $330,000 each.
2012 – Barrett-Jackson debuts “The Salon Collection” featuring highly desirable collectible automobiles from Duesenberg, Isotta-Fraschini, Pierce-Arrow, Packard, Delahaye, and other prestigious marques. Highlights include a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe selling for $2.2 million, a Ghia-designed DeSoto Adventurer Coupe concept car for $1.43 million, and a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow that sold for $2.2 million.
2013 – Barrett-Jackson celebrates the memory of Carroll Shelby with over 50 Shelby vehicles up for auction. They also sold the Original #1 Batmobile for $4.6 million.
2014 – The Scottsdale Auction was held in the all-new permanent auction building this year. Simon Cowell’s Bugatti Veyron fetched a $1.375 million price, while a Ferrari F40 from Gas Monkey Garage sold for $643,500.
2015 – Barrett-Jackson auctioned off an amazing collection of 140 American classics and customs from the Ron Pratte Collection. Sales from the Pratte Collection topped $40.4 million.
2016 – The 45th Anniversary of Barrett-Jackson was highlighted with the sale of a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Supercar, which sold for $1.76 million dollars.
So what can we look forward to in 2017? The January 2017 auction will feature the Charlie Thomas Collection. 141 collector and classic vehicles will cross the block. Charlie Thomas made his fortune through car dealerships in Texas. At one point, he owned 50 dealerships in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He sold many of them to AutoNation and is now down to 14 dealerships in the Galveston, TX area.
Charlie’s car collection covers a broad range of American history, from a 1929 Studebaker President to a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12. The bulk of the collection consists of original and restored 1950s and 1960s Ford and Chevrolet cars – which is the era of vehicles that Barrett-Jackson is best known for.
Here are some of the standout lots to look forward to at next month’s auction event:
Lot #1016 – A 1970 Dodge Challenger coupe that has been updated with an 8.0L V10 engine from a Dodge Viper.
Lot #1022 – A 1949 Mercury Coupe that has been chopped into a “lead sled.”
Lot #2016 – A Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2 door hardtop with a column shifter – the only one known to exist and one of just 22 ever built.
Lot #2049 – An extremely rare all-original 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback that was originally ordered by a retired Ford employee.
We are eagerly looking forward to the Charlie Thomas Collection and to the other cars that will cross the block from January 14-22, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona! Be sure to follow Generation: High Output on our website, Facebook page, and Instagram for auction updates and highlights.
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
January is the busiest time of year for auto auctions in Scottsdale! Whether you’re bidding or just browsing, there are a plethora of car auctions to satisfy your need for speed with the thrill of the auction environment. These annual consignment auctions feature everything from classic cars, muscle cars, and concept cars to rare and exotic or historic vehicles. Let’s take a look at the big events coming up this month:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Dates: Jan 13-20, 2013 Location: Westworld Address: 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Catalog: 1,365 vehicles for sale Gate Price: $10-55 (varies by day) Week Pass: $160 Website:barrett-jackson.com