Highlights from the 2014 Scottsdale Collector Car Auction Week

  • Ezekiel Wheeler

For over 40 years, the month of January has brought automotive enthusiasts to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Scottsdale Collector Car Auction Week. At the 2014 auctions, Barrett-Jackson, Gooding & Co., RM Auctions, and Bonhams were all out in full force, with stunning four-wheel works of art up for grabs and a handful of new auction records. Gooding & Co. set 12 records this year—among them the sale of six cars above the $2 million mark and 13 cars above the $1 million mark—and sold 110 of its 117 total lots in just two days, for a total value of $49.4 million. During its sales, RM Auctions unloaded $45.5 million worth of classic cars, but the largest total-lot value was garnered by Barrett-Jackson, which sold vehicles totaling more than $113 million during its six-day auction extravaganza. Of the hundreds of rare and beautiful cars sold at the 2014 Scottsdale auctions, here is a selection of our favorites from each of the aforementioned auction houses.

Barrett-Jackson (www.barrett-jackson.com)

The 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2-door Coupe ($3.85 million) is extremely rare—only 20 were ever produced—and this one is the only red-on-red version known to exist. The price this L88 garnered at this event makes it the most expensive Corvette ever sold at an auction.

The winner of four out of five International Motor Sports Association races in 1971 and the first-place finisher in the GT1 category at the 1972 12 Hours of Sebring, this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car ($2.86 million) remained the highest-finishing Corvette for the next three decades. It was not until 2001 that Chevrolet brought back the C5-R Factory Corvette to break the race records set by the Rebel Corvette #57.

This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe ($2.09 million)was originally ordered through the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Hollywood, Calif. And the original owner enjoyed the car until 1957, when he traded it back to the dealership. The second owner had it for only 18 months, but the third owner kept the car for 53 years, until Barrett-Jackson sold it in Arizona last month.

Gooding & Co. (www.goodingco.com)

Among the most beautiful creations ever conceived by the famed Italian designer Carrozzeria Pininfarina, the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet ($6.16 million) is extremely rare. This example—the 14th of only 40 Series 1 Cabriolets ever built—was outfitted with covered headlights and bumperettes. Only four previous owners enjoyed the car, and its entire history has been documented by the Ferrari historian Marcel Massini. Concours enthusiasts can expect to see this stunning example at some of the popular classic-car events in the near future.

Perhaps one of the rarest and least-known Ferraris ever made, the 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series 1 Coupe ($3.3 million) is among the most powerful and exclusive road cars bearing the marque’s name. Only 16 examples of the 410 Superamerica Series 1 were ever created, and this is an especially beautiful one.

Sometimes owning a trophy car is just as satisfying as restoring it to its race-winning glory. This 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Specialé ($2.365 million) won First in Class at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and took home the 2002 Ferrari Club of America Nationals Platinum Award.

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