January is the time and Arizona is the place, for classic car collectors, that is. There are collector car auctions and sales for buyers, sellers, and spectators alike. This area is so well-known for vintage and classic car events that it has evolved into a mega-event known as Scottsdale Collector Car Auction Week. Even if you can't round up hundreds of thousands of dollars (or millions) to actually buy one of these prime classic cars, seeing these special vintage cars and watching the action at the auction is worth the trip for any car lover.
The weather in the Phoenix area in January is an extra bonus for those who live in colder climates. You'll bask in the very mild average high of 67 degrees Fahrenheit, with the temperature dropping only to around 45 degrees at night. And the sun is almost guaranteed to shine.
No matter which event you are attending, if you are buying a vehicle or other auction item, make sure you understand what you are buying and what the auction house... rules are.
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Probably the most well-attended car auction in the Valley of the Sun, Barrett-Jackson offers an affordable ticket that's suitable for families for an auction that features classic and vintage cars. It also has a large vendor show if shopping is part of the experience for you. Barrett-Jackson takes place Jan. 13 to 21, 2018, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
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Gooding & Company is an auction house for collectors of rare and exceptional cars. It isn't unusual to witness record-breaking sales of extraordinary vehicles at this auction. The 2017 auction saw the sale of a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast for $2.9 million, a 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort for $1,089,000, and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra for $1.1 million. The 2018 auction takes place on Jan. 19 and 20 at the auction house near Fashion Square Mall and OId Town Scottsdale.
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Russo and Steele, which specializes in European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods, and customs, was launched in Scottsdale in 2001. The “Auction in the Round” format is unique to this event. The 2018 auction, which will include more than 800 classic cars, happens at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Jan. 17 to 21.
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Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house of fine art and antiques. In 2017 at Bonhams, a 1964 Porche 904 GTS brought $2.3 million. In addition to classic cars, the Scottsdale auction includes collector books and automotive-related collectibles. Check out these items at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale on Jan. 18, 2017.
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