Great Scottsdale! Barrett-Jackson for the Record
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Scottsdale AZ, Jan 23 2017 - Just about the best TV for a car nut is time watching Barrett-Jackson auctions. We've watched a thousand automobiles cross the block on screen - perfectly manicured metal trading owners and caretakers from afar. Buying or selling in their spotlight or just experiencing it is surely a worthy goal.
1980 GMC Caballero Pro-Street custom sold $18,700
While California has ready access to big coastal car events, Arizona is the classic automobile distribution hub for the rest of America. Barrett-Jackson has staked out a rock concert environment for their show, but they are only the biggest of many auction houses collectively making Arizona Car Week a big thing.
Given the desert and considerable open spaces, there is a lot of room to setup the large facilities needed to attract ever bigger numbers of builders, buyers and sellers. The Scottsdale-Phoenix region is well developed, easy to get around, and cost effective for visitors. You first get a sense of how big car things get when you see the seas of white tents around town. You notice how huge the parking lots are - largesse obviously needed for crowds and nicely accommodating for them.
When you finally walk into the Barrett-Jackson arena, you might be stunned at how damn big the room is, and how many chairs there are. It's like a football stadium with floor seating - more than half the floor near the stage reserved for bidders. Lining the row of incoming car lots is a gauntlet of food trucks, trailers and kiosks. Further afield is the endless rows of giant tents chock-a-block full of the nicest cars you can imagine.
It is a wonder that Barrett-Jackson can manage so much jewelry and put on a TV show so painlessly in the background. With over 1700 cars on offer, the most determined window shopper would find it a challenge to travel all of the rows and halls.
1929 Ford "Alumatub" Hot Rod sold $132,000
It is truly overwhelming to set eyes on that much autocraft perfection in one place - the average level of detail is extremely high, with nary a paint chip in sight. We gained a whole new level of respect for the classic car industry, from the builders to the buyers, sellers and movers.
1936 Ford Model 51 Coco-Cola Truck accurate re-creation sold $84,700
So now we've experienced it. We can see buying here, but if we're going to be a seller here, we'd better make the car as good as the competition here. The price of great just went up.
Justin Bieber's 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia sold $434,500
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Coupe sold $40,700
1923 Mercer Series 6 Sporting sold $99,000
Pictured below: 1959 Buick Le Sabre Convertible all original sold $55,000; and 1956 Ford F100 Pickup sold $20,900
by Randy Berg