When it comes to buying, selling, and gawking at classic and vintage cars, January is the best time to visit Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the rest of the Valley of the Sun since some of the biggest car auctions take place this month, including events associated with the 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 vehicles and watching the action at the auctions 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 down to around 45 degrees Fahrenheit at the lowest overnight.
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.
Probably the most well-attended car auction in the Valley of the Sun, the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction offers an affordable ticket that's suitable for families. This auction features classic and vintage cars and has a large vendor show, which is great for visitors in the market to buy. You can also just attend the auction if you'd like a chance to see some of the Valley's best cars. Barrett-Jackson takes place from January 12 to 20, 2019, at Westworld of Scottsdale.
Gooding & Company is an auction house for collectors of rare and exceptional cars, and 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 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix for $3.3 million, and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra for $1.1 million. The 2019 auction takes place on January 18 and 19 at the auction house near Fashion Square Mall and OId Town Scottsdale.
Russo and Steele Auction
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, where buyers are able to bid while walking around the car itself. The 2019 auction, which will include more than 800 classic cars, happens at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick from January 16 to 20.
Bonhams Scottsdale Auction
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 January 17, 2019.
Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale Auction
Worldwide Auctioneers is a company with multiple auctions across the country each year and will hold its Scottsdale vintage car auction on January 16, 2019. There will also be previews and test drives available on January 14 and 15 at its auction location on East McDowell Road. In order to bid at this auction, though, you'll have to register to become a member of the "team."
RM Auctions is a well-respected investment-grade collector car auction company that has an event in Phoenix every year. In 2017, the owner of a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster took home a cool $6.6 million. RM Sotheby's takes place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa on January 17 and 18, 2019.