BBC Autos

Auction stars of Arizona – and one white dwarf

  • 1965 Aston Martin DB5
    Pre-auction estimate: $525,000-$625,000. (Jeremy Cliff/RM Auctions)
  • 1905 REO Two-Cylinder Five-Passenger Detachable Tonneau
    Pre-auction estimate: $60,000-$80,000. (Courtesy of RM Auctions)
  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
    Pre-auction estimate: $1.1m-$1.4m. (Pawel Litwinski/RM Auctions)
  • 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Custom Pickup
    Pre-auction estimate: N/A. (Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)
  • 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti
    Pre-auction estimate: $7m-$9m. (Patrick Ernzen/RM Auctions)
  • 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6
    Pre-auction estimate: $1.2m-$1.6m. (Pawel Litwinski/RM Auctions)
  • 1933 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster
    Pre-auction estimate: $375,000-$475,000. ( Auctions)
  • 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS 'Barn Find'
    Pre-auction estimate: N/A. (Mike Maez/Gooding & Company)
  • 1959 BMW 600
    Pre-auction estimate: $30,000-$50,000. ( Auctions)
  • 1930 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix
    Pre-auction estimate: $750,000-$900,000. (Patrick Ernzen/RM Auctions)
  • 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail
    Pre-auction estimate: $5m-$7m. (Courtesy of Gooding & Company)
  • 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Park Ward
    Pre-auction estimate: $500,000-$700,000. (Pawel Litwinski/RM Auctions)
  • 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder
    Sell price: $2.75m. (Patrick Ernzen/RM Auctions)
  • 1958 Fiat 500 Jolly by Ghia
    Pre-auction estimate: $65,000-$75,000. (Drew Shipley/ RM Auctions)
  • 1951 Siata Daina 1400 Gran Sport
    Pre-auction estimate: $250,000-$325,000. (Courtesy of Gooding & Company)
  • 1961 Volkswagen '23-Window' De Luxe Station Wagon
    Pre-auction estimate: $90,000-$120,000. (Chad Bee/RM Auctions)
  • 1948 Buick Roadmaster Two-Door Sedanette
    Offered at no reserve. (Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)
  • *Bonus* 1972 Winnebago Custom RV
    Sell Price: $12,100. (Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)


The hills surrounding Scottsdale, Arizona, are alive with the sound of gavels.

No fewer than five auction houses have decamped to the affluent enclave in the US’s desert southwest, wielding prime examples of sought-after collector cars.

Sales have been ongoing throughout the week. On of the most closely watched lots, a 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder, achieved $2.75m at RM Auctions’ sale on 16 January – below the vehicle’s low estimate.

Indeed, prices for collector cars have been wildly uneven in recent months; a record $27.5m price paid in August 2013 for a competition Ferrari has not lifted all boats.

Herewith, a look at some of the most desirable cars that have crossed the block in Scottsdale, and many that still await their turn, just off the auction dais.