Scottsdale and Orlando Auctions

My partner and I visited the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale AZ as well as the Mecum Auction in Orlando, FL and they provide some interesting insights into the world of car collecting and restoration. Barrett Jackson is the ultimate ‘marketing show’ where the quality of the cars is consistently high and some of the cars that cross the auction block may be the only chance most of us ever will have to see them. As a lover and restorer of many 1920’s and 1930’s automobiles I was happy to see many Packards, Cadillacs, Pierce Arrows, etc. at Barrett Jackson and getting the ‘love’ they deserve! It may be that certain cars never fall out of style and that whole new age segments of the car collecting world are discovering them anew.

We were fortunate to have our unique 1972 GTO cross the auction block in prime time television and if you happen to watch the replay of coverage, we are Lot 429 and I even made it on television! We were pleased with the outcome of the sale and expect to return next January with a few more unique automobiles.

A very different, but interesting auction was the Mecum auction in Kissimmee (Orlando) Florida in late January with over 2,000 cars. If you have never attended an auction, it’s hard to imagine 2,000 cars … just trying to get around to look at all of them is a major challenge in terms of time and on your feet! Mecum has a wider mix of cars from your basic drivers to some real diamonds in the rough. We found some new cars that we are going to have in restoration that are those “diamonds” and you are welcome to follow our progress under the restoration in progress tab.