A lot of your favorite automotive journalists are hunkered down in Scottsdale, Arizona at the moment. The reason, of course, is because the Barrett-Jackson circus is back in town, and millions of dollars worth of sheet metal will cross the block over the course of a few days. I myself am heading to Florida next week, to once again take in the Mecum experience with my car-buying friend (Yes, I’ll provide interesting updates while I’m there… the goal car? A ’67 Corvette convertible with the 427).
I have auctions on the brain right now. Not necessarily because I’m interested in what’s for sale now, but more for what we’ll see on Speed HD in the future. Also, what will people pay for the machines that will invariably filter into the mix as muscle cars get ever more rare. It’s interesting to see what people will pay for machines. Especiall.y what the ultra-exclusive vehicles can command, such as the ones featured in a list put together by The Street’s Jerry Kronenberg. This list highlights the most expensive vehicles to cross various auction blocks in 2012. It’s an impressive list of unobtainium, and it shows that those who are truly wealthy will remain so regardless of any change in the world’s economy. Also, it shows that the Ford GT remains a devastatingly beautiful race car.
Again though, I’m not really curious where those cars will wind up in twenty years with regards to the auction block. I wonder who will be the first person to pay $45,000 for a stock 1986 Nissan 300ZX Anniversary Edition. When will a special-edition Fox Body Mustang fetch $50,000? Is there a person out there looking to spend serious dough to put a “classic” Subaru Impreza WRX STI in their garage, because their dad had one?
I’m very curious to see how the auction landscape changes as we all grow older. I’m also curious to read about what you think might become an auction darling down the road. Sound off in the comments.