It's almost New Year's Eve, and that means that the annual Arizona Auctions are just around the corner - held the third week of January each year around Phoenix and Scottsdale, the Arizona automotive extravaganza is the biggest collection of high-end automobiles changing hands anywhere in the world. Every major auction company (and a few small ones) has an auction somewhere in the area at this time.
Today's featured auction is the RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona event, to be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on January 20 & 21, 2011. This auction will feature no fewer than nine Corvettes, including a pair of fully-documented '67 Corvette Roadsters from the personal collection of baseball star Reggie Jackson. The first car (pictured) is Jackson's triple black, four-speed, numbers matching '67 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster. This car is a former NCRS Top Flight Award winner, and RM estimates the final bid price will be somewhere between $140,000 and $170,000. Also crossing the block from the Reggie Jackson collection is a restored '67 Corvette 427/400 Roadster that RM estimates will bring between $90,000 and $120,000. Handsomely finished in Marlboro Maroon with a black hood 'stinger' and white interior, this 'Vette is highly equipped with an L68 "Tri-Power" 427 V8 as well as factory-installed air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, power brakes and steering and rally wheels.
Other Corvettes set for RM's Arizona auction include a trio of first generation Corvettes from 1954, 1955 and 1956 being sold out of the Peterson Early Corvette Collection; a 1954 Corvette that is one of only two "Bubble Tops" known to exist; a 1957 Fuel-Injection car; and a multiple-award-winning 1956 'Vette. So if you're planning to be in Phoenix, $200 buys you an auction catalog and a bidder number. Enjoy!
Photo by Darin Schnabel, courtesy of RM Auctions