Traditional auction Marathon at the beginning of the year

One week long the whole classic car world looked Phoenix / Arizona in January, where a very special auction marathon took place in Scottsdale. All major auction houses were there: RM & Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Gooding & Co. , but also the special auction for US cars: Berett Jackson.

And also this year, all auction houses were able to present new world records.

Aston Martin DB4 with horrendous scrap value

One highlight of this auction week was the auction of an Aston Martin DB4, which was turned off since the early 1970s in a wooded area in Massachusetts / United States. The nature has left its marks on the Aston Martin. But the originality remained unaffected and all parts are still complete. He was the star at the auctions at Worldwide Auctioneers and reached 374,000 dollars (348.790 euros) at the end. This is approximately one hundred times of the original sales price and would be about the price that you would pay for a perfect and original restored vehicle today.

A black Aston Martin DB5, built in 1964, pre-owned by a prominent, scored a record price at the Barrett Jackson auction. The original and very rare left hand driven Aston Martin with matching numbers was sold for 1.485.000 dollars (1.381.200 euros).

Bidding battle at Barrett Jackson

Every year Barrett Jackson offers a real auction show. For nine days the auction house auctioned 1719 vehicles and approximately 1800 Automobilia. Over 320,000 bidders and visitors watched the spectacle in the WestWorld arena in Scottsdale. 99.5% of the offered vehicles were sold, and achieved a total of approximately $100 million. Superlatives, speaking for the size of this auction. This auction is one of the most important sales platforms for high-quality U.S. cars in the United States. It serves as a trend barometer for more auctions in the country. Some of the offered cars were auctioned off for charitable purposes and by celebrities such as rock musician Steven Tylor, Justin Bieber or boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Steven Tylor auctioned his Hennesy Venom GT, build in 2012, and scored all 800,000 dollars for it. Justin Bieber BB´s Ferrari 458 Italia reached 434.500 dollars.

A highlight in the mass the auctioned vehicles were the 146 classic cars from the Charlie Thomas Collection, a renowned US car collectors from Texas. Including a Mercedes Benz 190SL Roadster, built in 1955 ($ 137,000 / € 127.420), a Plymouth Superbird from 1970 ($ 165,000 / € 153.467) or a Ford Thunderbird “F” convertible ($ 148.500 / € 172.663). Overall, the vehicles from the collection generated $7.1 million.

Among the top ten of the auctioned classic cars is the one-seater Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle CERV1 (built in 1960), that was used as a technical study for the Corvette, ranked at the top. The design study, which was brought only once into an official race, reached the record price of $1,320,000 / € 1.228.650. Surprisingly were also the results for the two Chevrolet Corvettes, a 1963 Corvette 327/360 split window “Fuelie” with a total bid of $385,000, but also of the 1964 Corvette LT1 which reached $330,000.

The TOP TEN Barrett Jackson results

  • 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (lot #1397)-$1,485,000
  • 1960 Chevrolet engineering research vehicle (CERV) 1 (lot #1390)-$1,320,000
  • 1930 Duesberg J dual cowl Phaeton (lot #1378)-$880,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (lot #1396)-$616,000
  • 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback (lot #1365)-$445,500
  • Justin Bieber’s 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia (lot #1372)-$434,500
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 split-window “Fuelie” (lot #1393)-$385,000
  • 1969 Ford Mustang boss 429 (lot #1400)-$385,000
  • 1932 Rolls-Royce Roadster (lot #1382)-$341,000
  • 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (lot #1374)-$330,000
  • 1964 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 (lot #1399)-$330,000



Record price for a Mercedes Benz Special Roadster

Although the RM & Sotheby’s auction took place only on two days, it proofed that the air of classic car auctions is still not out. Ninety percent of the offered lots have been sold. Offers ranked from the small Kleinschnittger F125 ($29,700), to the DAF 750 Daffodil ($ 8.800), up to the Ferrari Enzo owned by Tommy Hilfiger ($ 2.695.00). But at the top of sales was a 1939 Mercedes Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster with a body of Sindelfingen. This Spezial Roadster with a special body, which once was built for an entrepreneur in Berlin, has been sold for the record price of $6.600.000. Of course, the Ferraris spearheaded the auction again. The only 20 times built Ferrari 365 GTS with Pininfarina body stood at the top of the list, because he put a new top mark with $3.602.500. Also, a record exceeded the 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico, whose customer got the nod at $3.080.000. But even the young classics are already at the top. The black 1995 Ferrari F50 scored the record price of $3.135.000.


1 1939 Mercedes Benz 540 K Special Roadster 6,600,000
2 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS 3,602,500
3 1995 Ferrari F50 3,135,000
4 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico 3,080,000
5 2003 Ferrari Enzo 2,695,000
6 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS 2,475,000
7 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB / 6C. 2,117,500
8 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport 300 2,090,000
9 1948 Tucker 48 1,347,500
10 2008 Lamborghini Reventon 1,320,000

Jaguar E-type shone at Bonhams

Also at Bonhams the auction was spearheaded by a Ferrari 250GT SWB California spider. But at $10.6 million, the bidders fight increased and the vehicle did not reach the scheduled estimate and was not auctioned at the auction. So, the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Roadster lead the top of the Bonhams advanced sales. This racing icon reached a total of seven million dollars. Bonhams sold around 81 percent of the offered vehicles,


Mercedes Benz 300SL sets new record at Gooding’s & co.

Also two days took the auction of Gooding’s & Co. and also here record sales were scored. At the top of this years Scottsdale sales at Gooding’s & Co. was the Bugatti Type 35. The hammer fell at $3.3 million. Maybe this record price was also the driving force for the bidders, who bid on the Bugatti Type 52 electric children car. Ettore Bugatti had built this 1:2 vehicle for his five-year-old son. Here the hammer dropped at around 88 thousand dollars.

A Ferrari 500 Superfast reached just under the three million mark. A trend is continuing in all auctions. Sports cars are the top sellers of the auctions. Like the Shelby Cobra, with a small block unit, that left the stage for $1.1 million. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was this years shooting star at Gooding’s & Co., because the bidder dispute ended at scarce 1.5 million dollars.


This years Scottsdale Auctions presented themselves again with outstanding auction records. Whether this trend barometer really can be transferred to the international auctions, must be proved yet again at the next auctions. Certainly, these achieved prices can not be named as a standard for European auctions. A Kinding-It designed Volkswagen T2 bus 21 window Deluxe is for was for example sold for for $302.000 , which is definitely not the price to be achieved in Europe.