Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
The Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions 2011 was presented on January 21-22 at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Benny Caiola late model Ferraris, the Fiat 8V Supersonic, Tucker #10, barn find Cobra CSX 2289 and other headline cars made Gooding & Company’s fourth Scottsdale sale an important auction.
But more than that, delicacies like the Stutz Speedway Six Brougham, “Bonnie Jean” the Renault AX and the Kurtis family’s 500S resurrection made it a celebration of the diversity and wide ranging appeal of the automobile’s history.
It is place where all sorts of auto enthusiasts feel at home, rubbing elbows with mega-collectors, brokers, writers, restorers and dealers who share the same fascination. You make your living trading cars, writing about them, restoring them? No problem. You’re part of the party. Sure, money talks, but appreciation of the mystique of old cars (and new ones, too, as shown by the Audi R8, Ferrari FXX, Corvette ZR1 and Saleen S7) counts more.
As it has since 2008, Gooding’s sale topped the charts with the most expensive car, the highest sale total, and the highest mean and median transactions. Its 93.8% sale rate was impossible to fault, as we’re fond of saying. The amenities are the best, including the Friday morning breakfast which has become one of the week’s must-attend events.
Gooding sold a 300SL for $951,500 … and it was a Roadster, not a Gullwing. They also sold the most magnificently restored, presented and prepared XKE vintage race car I’ve ever seen for only $96,800, a huge value.
There’s a diversity of cars, and the history of automotive evolution, design, elegance and luxury in the following report that is delightful to report. The prices weren’t always great, but the cars were never boring.
Jonathan Sierakowski contributed many of the following reports. His assistance, knowledge, insight and support was invaluable in Scottsdale.
Gooding and Company Scottsdale Auction 2011 – Auction Results
Gooding and Company Scottsdale Auction 2011 – Day One Auction Report
(See Reference – Auctions Explained, A Note on Conditions and Character).