Motoexotica/Manheim, Phoenix (Tolleson), Arizona, January 14-15, 2011
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Motoexotica is a specialty car dealer in St. Louis. In 2009 they held their first sale at the Manheim wholesale auto auction there. They added a second St. Louis sale, then one in Springfield, Missouri in 2010. This was their first appearance in Phoenix (actually in Tolleson) with a Friday-Saturday auction, January 14-15.
About 240 cars showed up for the first time sale, with a 40% sell-through and just over $1.5 million in total sales. It was well received by the participants and by Manheim Phoenix and will be back, next year on Saturday and Sunday with a kick-off party on Friday evening.
The Manheim facility is impressive, with 11 lanes for wholesaling used cars. The bathrooms are clean. The food is exceptional. The auction crew was first class, led by Brent Earlywine on the block and backed up by veterans Kenny Garmin and Marty Hill in the ring.
As the first in the series of so-called “Scottsdale” auctions the results are impressive – particularly for a first time sale with a mixed consignment – and a strong indication that the coming week will be very successful. As can be seen from the cars that follow, the quality was highly variable. Some, like the GTO and ’36 Ford coupe, would be proudly sold anywhere. Others, like the P1800ES and Reatta, were mangy derelicts looking for the truly brave and committed to rescue them. There were some gems, like the 300TD wagon with stroker Chevy power.
Motoexotica’s sale is a valuable addition to January’s schedule in the Valley of the Sun. It fills a void left by Kruse and ICA, and provides a needed place for consignors who don’t want to, or can’t, deal with the schedules and demands of the other auctions. Not much of an excuse is needed to justify two or three more days in Arizona in January. The Motoexotica/Manheim sale is more than sufficient reason, no excuses required.
Motoexotica Phoenix 2011 Auction Results
[Source: Rick Carey]