In the late 1980s, four European car marques launched competing midsize cars all based on the same “Type 4” platform. The Saab 9000 normalized Saab quirkiness. The Alfa Romeo 164 brought Alfa style and “reliability” to the states for about a minute. The Fiat Croma was a misspelled non-word. It also never made it across the Atlantic, thereby making it better than every Fiat 500L ever. The Lancia Thema likewise never made it over, but it had one thing the others lacked. A “Ferrari” V8.
It’s been a busier than usual couple of weeks living in car Mecca. This past week was the Holy Grail – Scottsdale Arizona Auction Week. (For those not interested in “alternative facts,” Scottsdale only hosts most of the auctions. RM is in Phoenix. Silver is on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.) …
We love cars. We love driving them, ogling them, shooting them, writing about other stuff but still finding a way to include them. All of it. We love finding the cars out on the street. Failing that, we stalk the car show circuit, hunting grail cars and wacky survivors. Option …
We’ll see more detailed shoots of these in the coming days and weeks, but here is a gallery of the “OMG They’re real!” cars from the week. A tasty start
- Russo and Steele for a press breakfast and a walkthrough.
- Barrett-Jackson for lunch breakfast leftovers and some auction action.
- Gooding, for OMG GRAIL CARZZZ part 1.
- RM on a lark. Credential sign up on site and OMG GRAIL CARZZZ part 2.
- Bonhams, because it was on the way back to B-J.
- Barrett-Jackson for lunch and some more auction action.
Drew Alcazar of R&S spoke about the segmentation of the auctions, and how each is a better fit for certain sellers, certain buyers, and certain cars. (I would say that is true for certain media as well.) Lists? Lists.
BARRETT-JACKSON’S SCOTTSDALE 2014 SALON COLLECTION TO OFFER DIVERSE DOCKET OF WORLD’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER COLLECTIBLES Rare and Desirable Vehicles Plus One Fully-Operational Carousel Will Cross the Auction Block at Company’s Monumental Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12-19, 2014 SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced …