It's January, and that means the annual classic car auction feeding frenzy is about to descend on the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona. Virtually every auction company operating in North America will have an event in the Grand Canyon State sometime in the next two weeks, and all of these auctions will feature at least one Corvette that you and I would both like to own.
Heading up the auction week on January 14-15 is a newcomer to the Arizona scene - Motoexotica advertises "reasonable buyer and seller fees" and offers both reserve and no-reserve auctions. Their Corvette highlight is one of 300 original Pennant Blue 1954 Corvette roadsters.
The big dog of the auction scene, Barrett-Jackson gets underway on January 17 and runs through the 23rd. This no-reserve auction features dozens of Corvettes of every era, including another 1954 Pennant Blue roadster if you missed out on the first one.
The Russo & Steele auction starts on January 19, with a 1968 427/435 L71 Corvette coupe and a 1953 Roadster in its stock Polo White leading up the interesting Corvette list.
The RM Auction gets underway on January 20, featuring 10 very nice first and second-generation Corvettes. This auction includes a third 1954 Roadster in Pennant Blue - enough to start a club, or to own 1% of all '54 Pennant Blue roadsters ever made!
On January 21, the Silver Auctions event takes place. The belle of the ball at this show is a red 1969 427/435 Tri-Power convertible with a 4-speed manual transmission, black vinyl hardtop and a convertible top.
Last but never least, the Gooding & Company auction takes place January 21-22, and this auction features a 2009 Corvette ZR1, supercharged with 628 horsepower. Plus a bunch of classic 'Vettes, too - these guys are no johnny-come-latelys to the auction biz.
Whichever way your pleasure tends, you're likely to find a Corvette you like in Arizona this month - just be aware that auction prices tend to be higher than normal for similar cars. But many of the finest cars do tend to end up at high-zoot auctions, so if you gotta have it, you maybe gotta pay for it.