If you’ve ever envisioned driving off into the perfect southwestern sunset in your dream car, Scottsdale is the place to be this weekend! From January 23 through 31, three separate luxury car auctions are taking over Scottsdale and offering you the chance to own a little piece of history while maybe making those dreams a reality.

The World’s Greatest

Barrett-Jackson, “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” might the one of the most well-known luxury car auctions in the southwest with events held year-round from Scottsdale to Las Vegas and even Palm Beach. The auction held every January in Scottsdale’s Westworld is certainly one of the most popular, drawing sellers, buyers and spectators from literally around the world.

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Transformers Optimus Prime Stunt Truck, image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

The 2015 auction was the local company’s biggest event to date, so you can expect some impressive collector’s items and deep donations to charity this year. On the 2016 docket are historic showstoppers as well as Hollywood legends. One of the items getting a lot of attention is the Transformers Optimus Prime Stunt Truck, also known as a 1992 Peterbilt 379 diesel truck. Due to the nature of the movies, the truck was not just a prop but an actual character. If you’re looking for an older movie legend, the Smokey and the Bandit promo car, a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, might be more your ticket.

Then there are the cars for car aficionados, like a 1938 Coddington V12 Hemi known as “The French Connection.” Or a 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible that just underwent two years of full restoration, complete with transmission and interior upgrades and now ready for the road. The 2016 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction is already in full swing and continues through Sunday, January 31.

Muscle the Crowds out of the Way

While all the crowds are at Barrett-Jackson, you could be at the Russo and Steele Scottsdale 16, self-named the “epicenter of the collector car universe.” Located near Westword but in a venue all its own on Hayden and Mayo Boulevard, auction previews start January 27 with bidding starting January 28 and continuing through the weekend.

image courtesy of Russo and Steele

2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, image courtesy of Russo and Steele


Russo and Steele specializes in European sports, American muscle, Hot Rods and custom cars. Their unique “auction in the round” format gives bidders an up close view of the over 750 classic luxury cars on the block. Some of the featured cars include a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster, a 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270 Roadster.

The “Refined” Auction for Luxury Cars

Looking for something a little tamer than the wild and crazy north Scottsdale auctions? Gooding & Company hosts an intimate two-day luxury car auction right next to Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and Old Town. Their “refined” approach to a luxury car auction features vehicles “across marques and eras.”

Past Gooding & Company auctions in Scottsdale have raised the bar in auctions and have even been known to set the value for the market. Luxury cars are offered at nearly every price point, from a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster estimated at $300,000 to $400,000, to a 1962 MGA Mk II 1600 Roadster estimated between $35,000 and $45,000. Many of the cars are also listed without reserve.

The three luxury car auctions certainly offer a variety of vehicles and experiences to choose from, whether you like your auctions loud and action-packed, or subdued and subtle. Just mind the other motorists on the roads next week when you take your new pride and joy out for a ride.