• Jan 21, 2008

This year in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson was garnering as much attention as ever, selling off all manner of first-edition American muscle cars and Monster Garage monstrosities. But it was Gooding & Company that set the big records in its first year at Scottsdale, selling 64 cars for a total over $21 million. 90% went for more than their estimated values, and the average sale price was over $330k.

No fewer than seven cars sold for over $1 million each, including an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 which brought $1.54 million, as well as a Packard Individual Custom Eight Convertible, a 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica and a Duesenberg Model J "Clear-Vision" Sedan.

The big news, however, was the yellow 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder. As we pointed out in preview of RM Auctions' upcoming event in Maranello, Ferrari only built 100 examples of the iconic 250 GT California Spyder – 50 long wheelbase and 50 short – making this a highly sought-after collector's item, and this example went for a staggering $3.3 million, setting the highest price paid at this year's Scottsdale auction-fest.

[Source: Italiaspeed]



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      • 7 Years Ago

      You could see the beads of sweat building on Craig Jackson's forehead this year. The momentum built up over the past 3 years came to a screeching halt at this year's Scottsdale event.

      Only a few select cars cracked the 1M mark that were expected to go for more by many analysts. Even craig himself had to jump into the ring and bid on Challenger #1 and actually won that car. The Robosaurus, Challenger, Shelbys and a few other cars came in well below their "expected" targets.

      On the flip side, RM, Gooding and other "less known" auction companies, are really drawing the big spenders more and more. RM is also the only auction company with the high honor of being Ferrari's preferred auctioneer.

      Barrett-Jackson is an awesome event for car-buffs to gather at, even if you cant afford to bid, and it's nice to see that it's beginning to settle down to a reasonable level.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.

      Truly the ultimate car.


      And yes, I do know the movie car was a '61.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yah! its really expensive! only rich people can buy it!


      http://cars.ozfreeonline.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car has been my ultimate automotive pin-up for years. Such a beautiful car BUT... that colour makes me cringe.