Silver Auction has been a presence in the Phoenix, AZ region for years. They typically hold three auctions a year at the Fort McDowell Casino and Hotel. They run a low key affair and have friendly staffing. The cars they consign are nice, vary from current models to classics and generally are more affordable than other high end sites. So the cars might have some blemishes or flaws but are still solid pieces of steel.
We have monitored the auctions for years and spotlighted some of their offerings.
If a car is offered at auction on reserve and doesn’t sell, the auctioneers typically hint at what the bid price might need to be to buy the car. Frequently the deals are made after the car rolls off the auction block.
If the bidding for a car meets the reserve the auctioneers are quick to announce the fact, a multicolor “disco” light turns on and the crowd gets energized knowing the car will sell.
Silver Auction Trading Hands
Now Mitch Silver has sold off the Arizona portion of his auctions to Emmett Rice. Rice is a car dealer from Amarillo, Texas, owning Vintage Autohaus & Imports. Rice has staged his own auctions there and is ready to take on the Arizona scene. Joining him will be Andy Stone, who formerly worked at Leake Auctions, and Jason Rose from the Barrett-Jackson powerhouse.
Next Silver Auction
Their first auction will fire up after Thanksgiving on November 24-26, 2017. Here’s hoping they continue the success that Mitch Silver struck in Arizona.
Barrett-Jackson wrapped up their three days of car auctions on Sunday with sales exceeding $25 million in sales for over 500 vehicles. The auction was held in Palm Beach, Florida and crowds were evident throughout the auction. The prices were right and seven cars linked to charities sold for over $2.25 million dollars.
Among the cars being auctioned off were Chevrolet’s first 2015 Camaro Z/28 for $500,000, a 2013 Mustang from the Hollywood film, Need for Speed went for $300,000 and the first production 2015 Z06 Corvette went for a smooth $1 million dollars!
Three Preview Cars from Barrett-Jackson Did Well
Previously we previewed three classics to keep an eye on and the prices sure were high for these beauties.
The 57 fuel injected Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible went for $110,000.
The 1971 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible went for $104,500.
The silver 1967 Corvette coupe went for $165,000
Not bad for just three cars!
Barrett-Jackson TV Coverage Changes for 2015
Perhaps responding to complaints/concerns of their recent coverage on a variety of Fox stations, Barrett-Jackson announced that starting in 2015 with their Scottsdale auction the television coverage will be on Discovery and the Velocity channel. That might be a better linkage for the car auction, especially with the heavy emphasis that Velocity gives to cars and restoration shows. Wonder who the reporters will be?
Barrett-Jackson Auctions comes to Palm Beach, Florida this weekend for car sales on April 11-13, 2014, just before Easter. They have a variety of cars for sale and provide live coverage from Fox Sports 1 and National Geographic for over twenty hours.
Barrett-Jackson is a great auction house and runs a well organized operation. Their cars are well presented and the action is brisk. It is a great show and definitely not one to miss.
We had the chance to preview some cars at a recent Goodguys event and here are some of our picks.
This 1971 Oldsmobile 442 is a numbers matching convertible. The OLDS 445 engine links to a manual four speed and comes with factory optioned air conditioning, power steering, power lift top for the convertible and power front disk brakes. The black paint is flawless and is coming from NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick.
You can’t go wrong buying or selling a Corvette at Barrett-Jackson and this silver beauty looks great. It too has a four speed, naturally, matched up to a 427 Chevy engine. It has lots of documentation and awards but the coupe would be a neat drive even without all the restoration efforts.
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Finally, readers know we like 57 Chevy’s here at Route 66 PubCo and this white convertible looks great. It is one of eight 1957 Chevy Bel Air’s selling this weekend at Barrett-Jackson. The 283 engine is updated to fuel injection, which is a sure way to bump up the fun and the price of these classics. It comes with a correct red and silver interior.
Check out the auction and let us know your favorite.
January in Arizona can only mean one thing! It is classic car auction time. Between all the car auctions being held in January, if you want a specific car this is the place to find it. And if you want to sell your car, this is the spot that will have the most buyers available. Most sites are held in impromptu tents on large pieces of vacant land. In six days, six auction houses will descend on the Valley of the Sun and offer a collective SEVENTEEN days worth of auctions. Surely a busy week for every car aficionado.
Craig Jackson’s dad was one of the pioneers in the classic car auctions and once again over 1300 cars will be sold over six days, January 14-19,2014. The auction takes advantage of permanent buildings at Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ and will have live coverage on three networks, after SPEED dropped off the cable scene. So the auction can be seen on Fox Sports1, Fox Business and National Geographic channels. Remember when the TV turns on, the prices go up! The funny cars and trailers from Don Prudhome and Tom McEwen recently popularized by the movie “$nake and Mongoose” will be for sale.
Most of the cars are sold with no reserve, except for a select few offered for sale on Saturday during prime time
Russo and Steele
This auction run be Drew Alcazar starts up on January 16th and runs through Sunday the 19th in North Scottsdale. Russo and Steele was the site of a horrendous storm where plenty of classics were damaged by uprooted tents a few years back, but Drew has persevered and offers a great event.
Gooding and Company
This British sounding group based in Santa Monica, CA will be having two days of sales on the 17th and 18th of January at the Scottsdale Fashion Center shopping mall. Last year they hit the fences with the highest selling car, a 1958 Ferrari California Spyder, which sold for $8,250,000.
This auction is a one day affair on Wednesday January 16th at the Westin Kierland resort in Scottsdale. It is interesting that they want to have their slots over with before the heavy weekend of car sales.
Mitch Silver runs a low-key, unpretentious auction on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and they are known for good cars at fair prices. They will be set up for Friday-Saturday the 17th and 18th as well, and expect 400 cars.
This site sneaks in for a quick two day sale on the 16th and 17th, again avoiding the hectic frenzy of a Saturday auction, while being held in the venerable Biltmore Resort in central Phoenix.
First time entrant offering strictly automobilia from various dealers will be held for two days January 16-17 at the Fort McDowell Radisson Resort, the same site as the Silver Auction. This is similar to the automobilia scene at Monterrey in August. It’ll be interesting how this fares as most car auctions have some car themed pieces to sell before the cars run through.
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On March 16, 2013 at the SilverÂ Auction’s “Spring in the Desert” car auction at Fort McDowell AZ, a nondescript 1964 blue Impala was offered up for sale.Â Here’s the listing from the auction web site.Â Â Silver Auction
To say it was well worn would be an understatement.Â The interior was torn up and the paint was in poor condition. What made this car somewhat interesting was the past ownership.Â It was listed as titled in Green Day’s vocalist – Billie Joe Armstrong’s – name and was claimed to be his personal car.Â The seller’s description could be best described as “optimistic”.
Although the auction indicated the title was in Billie Joe Armstrong’s name it had just recently sold on eBay .Â It sold for $12,600 at eBay and at this auction it now hammered sold at $12,250 plus 8% commission (Total price for the math challenged is $13,230) .
This was probably not the type of crowd that knew who Billie Joe is or listen to Green Day, so it’s not surprising that the seller couldn’t generate more interest in this car.
What say you?Â Was it a buy or a dud?Â How much is the past ownership by Green Day’s vocalist worth?
The bass player for Green Day, Mike Dirnt, was recently offering up for sale his 56 Ford Panel Truck.Â It was for sale March 15-16, 2013 at the Silver Auction held in Fort McDowell,AZ (Phoenix metro area).Â It drew some interest but never approached the actual reserve (the required minimum bid needed to buy it).Â It might have been a deal if the bidding reached $60,000 or so.Â Instead it went back on the trailer.
Seems that Dirnt bought this panel when a struggling band member and after they hit it big, he had the truck restored to how it was when he first bought it.Â It was funny to hear the auctioneer explain who Green Day was to this “mature” set of buyers.Â They probably never heard American Idiot.Â Not sure why he decided to sell it, but I’m sure another place and time it’ll sell.Â The panel is nicely done but a bit of a plain jane.Â A little pin striping
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