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Big bids back at Barrett-Jackson as auction season opens in Arizona
By Larry Edsall

Larry Edsall at ClassicCars.com Arizona Auction Week generated some $184 million in sales, half of it at Barrett-Jackson's 41st Scottsdale event where, after a two-year draught in seven-figure sales, bidding on nine vehicles reached or exceeded the million-dollar mark.

Barrett-Jackson's total sales showed 1,291 vehicles totaling more than $92 million, with $5.8 million going to charities, including $1 million to the Armed Forces Foundation from the sale of a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 custom two-door hardtop built by Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis.

The other million-dollar cars at Barrett-Jackson were part of the auction house's new Series 5000 Salon Collection, a group of 32 vehicles assembled to help Barrett-Jackson regain ground at the high end of the market it had lost in recent years to the Gooding and Company and to RM Auctions.

Included in the Salon offering were a 1948 Tucker Torpedo (sold for $2.915 million), a Franay-bodied 1947 Bentley Mk VI (sold for $2.75 million), a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow (sold for $2.42 million), a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" coupe (sold for $2.2 million), and a 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II coupe, a 1928 Daimler P.1.50 Royal limousine, a 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo Cabriolet and a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Town Car, each bringing more than $1 million.

High individual sale honors for the week went to one of the special aluminum-bodied 1955 300 SL "Gullwing," which brought $4.620 million at Gooding, where a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT long-wheelbase California Spider went for $3.905 million while a 1930 Duesenberg, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast and 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV also topped the million-dollar mark.

The only other million-dollar sale of the week was $1.8 million for the Scaglietti special 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica coupe at RM.

Other high sales included $687,500 for a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 at Russo and Steele; $667,000 at Arizona newcomer Bonhams for a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C sold after 40 years in a collection; and $93,960 for a 1960 Facel Vega HK500 two-door hardtop at Silver Auctions.

Gooding totaled $39.8 million on 116 sales. RM took in $25.5 million on 174 transactions. Russo and Steele sold 401 vehicles for $18,2 million. Bonhams did $5.7 million on 40 sales. Silver sold 175 vehicles for $2.95 million. MotoExotica and GRG/Scottsdale International Auto Museum also held auction events in the Phoenix area.

Among the 401 vehicles sold at Russo and Steele were several wearing Road-Ready Certified stickers from ClassicCars.com and Hemmings Motor News, meaning each had passed a pre-auction road test and 50-point inspection by an independent ASE mechanic. Those vehicles also traveled across the auction block with the Road-Ready Assurance coming equipped with a 3 month/3,000 mile powertain warranty and a one year Roadside Assistance program awaiting the new owner’s name.

"The Road-Ready Certified program helped to produce a sell-through rate of 78% over the course of the four day weekend," added Road-Ready Certification Manager Alan Gill.

Larry Edsall at ClassicCars.com Arizona's million-dollar sales

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (aluminum-bodied) "Gullwing" -- $4.620 (Gooding)
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider -- $3.905 (Gooding)
1948 Tucker Torpedo -- $2.915 (Barrett-Jackson)
1947 Bentley Mk VI Franay -- $2.75 (Barrett-Jackson)
1930 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible coupe -- $2.54 (Gooding)
1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow -- $2.42 (Barrett-Jackson)
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" -- $2.2 (Barrett-Jackson)
1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Scaglietti coupe -- $1.8 (RM)
1954 DeSoto Adventurer II coupe -- $1.43 (Barrett-Jackson)
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4-- $1.2 (Gooding)
1928 Daimler P.1.50 Royal limousine -- $1.155 (Barrett-Jackson)
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast -- $1.1 (Gooding)
1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo Cabriolet -- $1.1 (Barrett-Jackson)
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV -- $1.1 (Gooding)
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Town Car -- $1.045 (Barrett-Jackson)
1964 Ford Fairlane 500 custom two-door hardtop -- $1.0* (Barrett-Jackson)

*funds from this vehicle's sale go to Armed Forces Foundation

Auction action moves to Florida

The Republicans seeking their party's presidential nomination aren't the only ones heading to Florida. So are classic car enthusiasts, many of whom will be in Kissimmee this weekend when Mecum Auctions has some 2000 vehicles ready to cross the block in Osceola Heritage Park.

The auction launches Mecum's 25th anniversary season.

Among the consignments are the Gulf Oil-sponsored 1961 Chevrolet Corvette that Dr. Dick Thompson drove to the SCCA national B-Production championship, one of 35 1941 Packard Darrin 180 Convertible Victorias, a 1957 Ford race car formerly driven by "Fireball" Roberts and rescued from a forest in North Carolina in the late 1990s, and Ridetech's much-modified 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

Other upcoming Florida auctions include the Milhous Collection sale February 24-25 by RM and Bonhams at Boca Raton; Gooding & Company (March 9) and RM Auctions (March 10) on Amelia Island; Auctions America (March 13-16) at Fort Lauderdale and Barrett-Jackson (April 5-7) at Palm Beach.

Larry Edsall at ClassicCars.com Bikes bring $4.1 million at Vegas

One of the three motorcycle auctions held recently in Las Vegas has reported its results, with $4.1 million in sales and an 82-percent sell through at Auctions America by RM's inaugural event.

The top sale at the event at the Rio was a 1910 Flying Merkel (see photo) that brought $86,800. A 1926 Cleveland Fowler went for $76,160.

Among the 490 motorcycles offered were those from eight private collections.

"I was sorry to see my late husband's bikes go," Arlene Christiansen said, "but Auctions America had a very nice event and took excellent care of them and me."

Mullin takes 10 to Retromobile

Ten cars from the Mullin Automotive Museum, homage to French and Art Deco styling in southern California, will be displayed February 1-15 at the 37th annual Retromobile Salon in Paris.

Among the vehicles returning to France from the Mullin are the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne, and the 1938 "Million Franc" Delahaye Type 145 V12 racer.

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