2014 Classic Cars: Auction Results from Scottsdale and Arizona

Scottsdale and Arizona 2014 sales saw a good start to the classic car auction year with 38 automobiles achieving results of more than a million dollars each including the most expensive Corvette ever.

Side Profile of a Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti
Photo: Patrick Ernzen ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions

The year started well for classic car auctions with 38 cars achieving more than a million dollars each at the annual sales by Barret Jackson, Gooding & Company, RM Auctions and Bonhams in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. The highest price achieved was $8,800,000 for a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 sold for $3.85 million – the highest price ever paid for a Corvette at public auction. 15 of the top 30 best results were for Ferraris while 9 Mercedes 300 SL sports cars also achieved over a million dollars.

Scottsdale & Arizona Classic Car Auctions 2014

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti
Photo: Patrick Ernzen ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions

The mid-January classic car auctions in Scottsdale and Phoenix in Arizona traditionally mark the start of the auction year for classic, vintage, and exotic cars. All four big classic car auction houses were present in Arizona in 2014.

RM Auction’s Arizona 2014 sale on January 16-17, 2014 saw a great start to the year with the highest price achieved over the classic car festival weekend when a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB sold for $8,800,000, the 8thhighest price paid at public auction for a car in the past year. RM Auctions offered 126 automobiles and over a two-day period sold 108 (85% sale-through rate) for a total of $45.6 million – 11 cars made more than a million dollars.

Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet at Auction
Photo: Gooding & Co

Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale 2014 sale on January 17-18, 2014 also went very well by earning a total of $49.4 million and a remarkable sale-through rate of 94% of the 158 lots on offer. Gooding & Company achieved over a million dollars on 13 cars.

Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 auction on January 16, 2014 saw the British auctioneer grossing $25 million with a sell-through rate of 89% on 101 lots. Bonhams, at only its third year at the Arizona week, achieved a million dollars on six cars.

The largest auctioneer at Scottsdale, Barrett Jackson, sold 1399 cars over six days including the most expensive Corvette ever. In total, Barrett Jackson grossed $113 m in sales.

Top Prices Paid at Scottsdale & Arizona Classic Car Auctions 2014

The top-30 prices achieved at the annual Scottsdale and Arizona 2014 classic car auction sales were:

YearCarAuction House $ Price
11958Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by ScagliettiRM 8’800’000
21958Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 CabrioletGooding 6’160’000
31997 McLaren F1 GTR LongtailGooding 5’280’000
41967Chevrolet Corvette L88 CoupeBarrett Jackson 3’850’000
51956Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series i CoupeGooding 3’300’000
61951Ferrari 212 Export BerlinettaBonhams 3’190’000
71931Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Gran Sport SpiderBonhams 3’080’000
81969Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Convertible Race CarBarrett Jackson 2’860’000
91967Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by ScagliettiRM 2’850’000
101961Porsche 718 RS 61 SpyderRM 2’750’000
111966Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Coachwork by Scaglietti-Design by PininfarinaBonhams 2’640’000
121963Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ by ScagliettiRM 2’447’500
131961Ferrari 250 GT Coupe SpecialeGooding 2’365’000
141930Duesenberg Model J ‘Disappearing Top’ Convertible Coupe by MurphyRM 2’200’000
151929Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl PhaetonGooding 2’090’000
161955Mercedes-Benz 300 SL GullwingBarrett Jackson 2’090’000
171967Ferrari 330 GTSGooding 2’062’500
181956Mercedes-Benz 300 SL GullwingGooding 1’897’500
191988Ferrari F300Barrett Jackson 1’870’000
201966Ferrari 275 GTB by ScagliettiRM 1’815’000
211955Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider AmericaGooding 1’815’000
221952Ferrari 212 Inter CoupeGooding 1’787’500
231995Ferrari F50RM 1’650’000
241963Shelby Cooper Monaco King CobraBarrett Jackson 1’650’000
251966Ferrari 275 GTS by PininfarinaRM 1’485’000
261936Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports PhaetonBonhams 1’430’000
271959Mercedes-Benz 300 SL RoadsterGooding 1’430’000
281929Duesenberg SJ Labaron Dual Cowl PhaetonBarrett Jackson 1’430’000
291985Ferrari 288 GTOGooding 1’402’500
301956Mercedes-Benz 300 SL GullwingGooding 1’402’500
312008Bugatti Veyron “Simon Cowell’s”Barrett Jackson 1’375’000
321954Plymouth Belmont Concept CarBarrett Jackson 1’320’000
331956Mercedes-Benz 300 SL GullwingRM 1’292’500
341961Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with HardtopBonhams 1’237’500
351960Mercedes-Benz 300 SL RoadsterGooding 1’100’000
361955Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing CoupeBonhams 1’078’000
371935Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille by Rippon BrothersRM 1’045’000
381958Mercedes-Benz 300 SL RoadsterRM 1’045’000

All prices as provided by the relevant auction house and including premium.

Top Cars at the Scottsdale & Arizona Classic Car Auctions 2014

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta 
Photo: Bonhams

It was no surprise that Ferraris led the price tables at the annual Scottsdale and Arizona classic and exotic car auctions in 2014. Half of the top 30 million-dollar cars were Ferraris, including the top two prices: both 1958 Ferrari 250 GTs – one each for RM Auctions and Gooding. Bonhams’ top price was also for a 1950s Ferrari – a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta.

The third most expensive car was  a 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail sold by Gooding & Co for $5.3 million. This was the first McLaren GTR Longtail to have won a race and was in Fina livery as part of the official BMW racing team.

Red 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2 Door CoupeThe  fourth highest price paid at Scottsdale 2014 was for a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe, which achieved $3,850,000 – the highest price ever paid for a Corvette at public auction. Barrett-Jackson sold a further 1969 Corvette #57 Rebel L88 Convertible for $2,860,000 – the 8th highest price at Scottsdale this year.

Black 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Photo: Gooding & Co

Mercedes was also well represented in the top results with 9 Mercedes-Benz models including 9 300 SL models – five gullwings and four roadsters. The sensation was a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing sold by Gooding for $1.9 million. This car was a true barn find and in original but somewhat tatty condition – by contrast, Gooding sold a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing in concourse condition for nearly half million less. Barrett Jackson achieved over $2 million for a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing in pristine concourse condition.

Sterlling Moss driving a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2014 sale
Photo: Barrett Jackson

The three oldest cars at the auctions achieving more than a million dollars were Duesenbergs from 1929 and 1930.

The next major classic car auctions will be in early February in Paris (Bonhams and RM Auctions) and then early March at Amelia Island (Gooding & RM).

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Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.