Barrett-Jackson, RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co, and Bonhams
Classic Cars Excitement at 2017 Arizona Car Week

January, 2017 -- No fewer than seven auction companies held their first events of 2017 during Car Week in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ. This annual gathering of collector vehicles once again showcased a wide variety of muscle cars, race cars, prewar classics, and exotics. Imagine row after row of coveted dream rides, all on display at locations within a few miles of each other, and all for sale. Each of the auctions is open to the public and anyone can sign up to be a bidder if you're ready to jump into the action. There are always surprises at these shows to kick up the excitement another notch, such as seeing a famous car from a TV series or movie and celebrity appearances. Here was some of the action at four of the major auction companies from the 2017 events -- Barrett-Jackson, RM Sotheby's, Gooding & Company, and Bonhams.


Barrett-Jackson (Total Sales: $102.4 Million)

Barrett-Jackson, which celebrated its 46th anniversary in Scottsdale this year, brought over 1,750 vehicles to auction. However, as in previous years, this nine-day event is not your traditional auction. With more than 200 vendors and 100+ sponsored interactive exhibits, it's understandable that Barrett-Jackson would dub its Scottsdale auction a Lifestyle Event. With so much to see and do, it is definitely a “Party in the Desert.”

Of the many star cars in this year’s auction, the top sale was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which sold for $1,485,000. However, it wasn’t just the million dollar club cars that created excitement and bidding wars. Following is the top sale, as well as some of the other standouts that crossed Barrett-Jackson’s auction block.


1970 Superbird Sold for $216,700 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sold for $1,485,000 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Sold for $132,000 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV 1) Sold for $1,320,000 1955 Chrysler Ghia Streamline X -- Did Not Meet Reserve 1934 Packard Eight Rumble Seat Coupe Sold for $236,500 1930 Duesenberg J Dual Cowl Phaeton Sold for $880,000 1958 Corvette Custom 'Eye Candy' Sold for $225,500 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Sold for $302,500 1963 Corvette Z06 Big Tank Coupe (Mickey Thompson's) Sold for 247,500 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, Miami Vice Car, Sold for $151,800 1971 Cuda Sold for $101,200 1957 Continental Sold for $101,200


Celebrities and cool cars make for a winning combination. And, at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction there was an A-list of stars from both sports and entertainment, including Burt Reynolds, Reggie Jackson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Steve Tyler (Aerosmith), and Justin Bieber. Here are some of the paparazzi moments, as these stars took to the stage.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s  Chevy #88 Race Car Dale Earnhardt. Jr. Burt Reynolds Selling Iconic Trans Ams Burt Reynolds Steven Tyler Selling Hennessey Venon GT Spyder Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) 1989 Pontiac Trans Am 'Skoal Bandit' Funny Car 1972 Plymouth Barracuda Mattel Hot Wheels 'Snake II'  Funny Car Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme Floyd Mayweather on Stage to Sell his 2011 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Floyd Mayweather Justin Bieber's 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Justin Bieber


RM Sotheby's (Total Sales: $53.8 Million)


RM Sotheby's kicked off its season by offering approximately 140 classics and exotics for sale. Leading their top spot at this year’s auction was a German marque, a one-off, 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540. This rare five-speed K Special Roadster sold for $6,600,000. Ferraris claimed the next six highest sales spots, ranging from 2 – 4 million dollars, and a futuristic Tucker 48 brought $1,347,500. Here’s the top sale Mercedes-Benz, and other cars featured in RM Sotheby's 18th Annual Auction in Phoenix.

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster Sold for $6,600,000 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual Windshield Phaeton Sold for $1,300,000 1948 Tucker 48 Sold for $1,347,500 1931 Chrysler Imperial -- Did Not Meet Reserve 2003 Ferrari Enzo Sold for $2,695,000 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Sold for $1,017,500 1970 Shelby GT350 Sold for $77,000 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Sells for $1,100,000 1932 Cord L29 Sold for $236,500 1957 Thunderbird Sold for $45,100


Gooding & Company (Total Sales: $33.4 Million)


In its 10th year in Scottsdale, Gooding & Company offered an assortment of almost 150 stunning vehicles in its two-day auction. Top marques were Bugatti, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, Shelby, Bentley, and Porsche. Perhaps one of the most interesting cars on the docket was a 1969 American Motors AMX/3, a one of a kind prototype sports car, which was engineered and developed by Giotto Bizzarrini, ItalDesign, and BMW. Here are some of the highlights from the 2017 auction.

1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Sold for $3,300,000 1969 American Motors AMX/3 Sold for $891,000 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Sold for $110,000 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider Sold for $154,000 1971 De Tomaso Pantera Sold for $148,500 1934 DeSoto Airflow Coupe Sold for $68,200 1974 AAR Gurney Eagle Indy Car Sold for $192,500 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Sold for $2,915,000 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster Sold for $1,034,000 1957 Dual-Ghia -- Did not Meet Reserve


Bonhams (Total Sales: $36.5 Million)


Bonhams, who is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, is quickly becoming recognized as one of the leaders in the motorcar collector’s hobby. In their 6th year in Scottsdale, this year Bonhams showcased approximately 100 cars, with one of them, a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition being the top sale of Arizona Car Week. This sale set the world record for the most valuable E-Type and most valuable post-1960 Jaguar ever to sell at auction. Another star car was a 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S Supercharged Sports Tourer, which realized $4,812,500. Here are some of the cars that made the news at this year’s Bonham auction.

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Sold for $7,370,000 1973 BMW 3.0 SCL Batmobile Sold for $330,000 1956 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster Sold for $528,000 1976 Bronco Ranger Sold for $55,000 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 MK 3 BJ8 Sold for $56,100 1952 Ferrari 340 American Spider Competizione Sold for $6,380,000 1931 Essex Super 6 Boattail Speedabout Sold for $35,200 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Coupe Sold for $137,500 1928 Mercedes-Benz TYP S Supercharged Sports Tourer Sold for $4,812,500 1946 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible Sold for $79,750


*All Sales Prices include buyers' commissions.