Jim’s Blog: What’s The Next Big Thing?

The auction world is starting to prepare for January’s Arizona events, with some companies already announcing certain special consignments to their auctions. That’s got me thinking: What’s going to be this year’s big new trend?

Last year we saw hefty pricing for 5.0 Mustangs from the 1990s. The year before that, it was big money Bandit-era Trans Ams. Prior to that? Several years of increases on good original-style trucks and SUVs from the 1960s and 1970s.

I think we’ll see Read More

Mecum to Debut Los Angeles Collector Car Auction, Feb. 17-18

Mecum Auctions will join the long and historic list of car-related events at the Fairplex, Feb. 17-18, with an estimated 600 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, Resto Mods and more to cross the auction block.

The selection of consignments for Mecum Los Angeles 2017 will showcase the variety of offerings Mecum prides itself on bringing to each event. As an “every-man’s auction company,” Mecum will offer a broad selection of vehicles from entry-level to museum-grade with sale prices Read More

Russo and Steele Totals $22.1m in Arizona

After much fanfare surrounding their new venue at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions has annoucned market-leading sales results with early totals reaching $22.1m on 780 lots offered with 606 hammering sold. This represents an impressive sell through rate of 78%, helping the auction company’s Scottsdale numbers grow seven figures over 2016’s previously impressive showing.

Russo and Steele was Scottsdale 2017’s only major auction house to garner two consecutive years of positive growth momentum.

Some of Russo and Read More

Leake to Offer 50 Car Collection Without Reserve

Leake Auction Company will offer a collection of 50 cars from Leaded Gas Classics and the Jim McLane Collection without reserve during their Oklahoma City auction, February 24, 25 and 26. This year’s event will be held in the newly constructed Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park. The collection features a variety of vehicles, ranging from Corvettes and Mustangs to a Ford GT and Yenko Deuce Coupe.

“Presenting a collection of this caliber, without reserve, is a great way to Read More

Jim’s Blog: Firing Up a New Year

The auction year rumbles to life this week, with Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM, Gooding, Bonhams, and Silver all hosting auctions in sunny Arizona.

The Arizona stats speak for themselves. Typically, we see about 2,800 cars cross the auction blocks in the Grand Canyon State, and last year, 2,300 of them sold for a combined $253m — a highest-ever auction total out of the Janaury week. High-end million-dollar Read More

Jim’s Blog: Planning Ahead in Reno, and on to Monterey!

Hot August Nights is a busy event — every day, from dawn until well after dark, there are car events happening all over the Reno-Sparks area. You have to plan out your day carefully to be sure you get to everything you want to see. But even the most well-thought-out plans have a tendency of falling to pieces every once in a while, and that certainly was the case for us this year.

ACC Associate Editor Chad Tyson Read More