As we enter 2018 the stock market is booming, will the collector car market follow suit? Where the 2018 Scottsdale car auction results will land is anybody’s guess. The big ticket items don’t seem to be falling off and each season a fresh lot of super special cars go across the block. For the top sellers it will be a battle of the legendary works cars from Porsche vs Jaguar, who will take top dollar? For our purposes, we’ve found a handful of rare special cars you’ll want to watch at the big four auctions in Scottsdale.
Mid to late century trucks, itty bitty Mercedes convertibles which look like toys and too many examples from bored American automotive designers are certainly not special in my eye. There are oodles of Corvettes, customized this and that, muscle cars, a few interesting Porsches, a handful of Lambos and high production number Ferraris. You know the saying there’s and ass for every seat? Eh, there is nary a seat for my liking in 95% of the Barrett-Jackson’s nine day (January 13-21, 2018) 1,700 car auction. I’m a car snob and comfortable with it. Of course there is a one owner, low miles Delorean DMC, which could be interesting to see how this is valued. Though I’m also curious how the sale of five different De Tomaso Panteras will go.
The 1966 Superperformance GT40 Mark I offered at no reserve is sexy but do your research. While it is eligible for the GT40 Registry and is virtually the same as, it is a recreation not a Ford GT40. There are a couple 2006 and 2017 versions as well.
Barrett-Jackson is a big auction, you have to look hard… until you get to the Salon Collection. This is where the goods are.
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa, is rare, special and a looker from every angle. One of just eleven 212 coupes built by Pininfarina. Ferrari’s official show car at the Turin Motor Show in April 1953.
Remember this copper 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca De Ville we just saw at Pebble Beach, its on the block. What will it bring?
Gooding and Company
With only 131 cars, the two day 2018 Gooding Scottsdale auction on January 19 and 20, is a well curated selection of automotive specimens with seventeen cars over the one million dollar category, including a few seductive Ferraris.
The big, big money ($10,000,000 – 12,000,000) is required to pick up the numbers matching 1956 Jaguar D-Type steeped in racing heritage and important owner provenance.
Called the oldest eight-cylinder Bugatti in existence, this 1922 Bugatti Type 29/30 has spectacular charm, but will it prove a good investment? It sold for $1,045,000 inc. premium at Bonham’s 2015 Quail Auction and the current estimate is $800,000 – $1,000,000.
In 2016 I was ga ga over this 1949 Bristol 402 Cabriolet in its original color at Pebble Beach. It is unusual, has collector provenance, perfection for the English automotive or blue car collector.
Bonhams will offer a rather classy selection 111 cars on January 18, 2018. There are cute cars, rare cars, race cars and historically important cars.
Interesting to watch will be another De Tomaso, one of 401 Mangustas built. Hmmm is this brand going to have a moment? They have a following. Low build Ferraris are in untouchable for most, younger (under 65) collectors are vying for something cool, sexy, and something everyone else doesn’t have.
In the super cute category who wouldn’t love this 1963 GLAS Goggomobil TS 250 Coupe? And at an estimate US$ 25,000 – 35,000 one might call reasonable. Hey, we can’t all buy million dollar cars. This little guy could be the start of someone’s collection. (Hint to husband, it meets my specification of having to be older than me and it is blu-ish.)
A “incredibly rare” 1980 Renault Alpine A310 is a car I do not get. Its a rally car, well any actual history prior to 2014 “remains unknown” so we don’t know if it has actual rally experience or just looks the part. Touted as one of 30 which came stateside. they built well over 1000 of them just in 1980! However, this is not a group I have any knowledge of, surely there is an ass for this seat.
The big car, possibly one of the most watched of the entire Scottsdale Auction offering will be this 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder. It is the 2nd to last Spyder constructed of the only 40 total examples. As a werks car, this is a major offering. It has a stellar racing pedigree and comes with great history.
RM | Sotheby’s
With 274 lots of cars and automobilia including a Ferrari Riva (boat) and the token collectable European tractor, RM | Sotheby’s will be held on the 18th and 19th of January. As this sale overlaps two important sale days for those auctions above, let’s see what is going to pull buyers in. Apparently its the words without reserve or collection.
For starters 11 cars called ‘A Century of Sports Cars’ form a private collection of rather desirable important cars, all offered without reserve, including a beautiful blue Ferrari Lusso and an important 1921 Alfa Romeo G1.
If big cars are too rich how about some child’s cars? There are four in the $10,000 – $30,000 range.
The high dollar showstopper is another legendary Jaguar D-Type, this one from 1954. It arrives with a spectacular pedigree estimated to roll over the $10,000,000 mark. This works car, which comes with a spare factory engine, is the car Stirling Moss set the fastest time with 172.97 mph on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans in 1954. Though it didn’t achieve any victories with Moss at the wheel, it does have years of admirable race and works testing history being driven by 16 of Jaguar’s well known driving legends. All this is further proven with extensive historical documentation which comes with the vehicle.
All in all Scottsdale will be interesting. Will recent stock market gains allow the collector car market to have another bullish run? Will new records be set? Will there be a new “it” brand or car? We’ll all be watching.