The new operators of Silver Auctions Arizona say they want to perform a resto-mod style update to the sales, starting with their first auction, scheduled for November 24-26, Thanksgiving Day weekend, in the same location at the We-Ko-Pa resort and conference center next door to the Fort McDowell casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
In mid-August, Mitch Silver announced that he had sold his three Arizona auctions to a group headed by Emmett Rice, who established one of the nation’s first publicly traded new-car dealership groups before selling that business and focusing on his own car collection and a collector car dealership in Amarillo, Texas. Silver, who lives in Spokane, Washington, will continue to stage auctions in the northwestern section of the country.
“We’re looking at 225 to 250 cars, that’s pretty good for an opener,” said Andy Stone, an Arizona resident formerly with Leake Auction Company, heads operations for the new Silver Auctions Arizona company.
Stone said that while the new management plans to maintain “the same feel that made Mitch loved — we want to be the down-home, country, local boys — the look of the auction will be refreshed.”
There will be a new tent with Swisstrax flooring, Stone said, a new computer system that promises to streamline everything from registering to bid to checking in or out a vehicle, to a new website.
“We’re getting incredible support,” Stone said, adding that Jason Rose, a former vice president of Barrett-Jackson, is modernizing operations and that long-time and respected auctioneer Jim Ritchie will handle the gavel.
“We’re like a resto-mod,” he said, noting that while the look may be classic, there will be a modern powertrain beneath the sheet metal.
“We want a Leake-type — family feeling — auction for Phoenix,” Stone said. “We want people to feel very comfortable, like they’ve come home.”
Among the featured consignments for the November auction are:
- 1931 Chevrolet Series AE Independence touring car, reportedly one of only three known to exist and with its original Stovebolt 6-cylinder engine.
- 1931 Ford Model A-400 Tudor convertible sedan, one of fewer than 5,000 produced during the Model A’s final year.
- 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a 327cid V8 and 4-speed transmission.
- 1962 Chevrolet Impala 2-door hardtop with a 409cid V8 topped by dual 4-barrel carburetors and with a 4-speed transmission.
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible in Sunfire Yellow with a 327 V8 and Muncie 4-speed.
- 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS “California Special” with a 302cid V8.
- 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible, an authentic “24267” code car in Alpine Blue.
- 2014 Ford Mustang GT/Roush Stage III convertible driven less than 2,000 miles.
In addition to the cars that will cross the auction block in November, the auction will display several cars already consigned for the company’s major annual sale, scheduled for January 18-20, 2018, during Arizona Auction Week.
Stone said he expects to include in that display a 1953 Corvette, 1951 Ford done by George Barris and Ed Roth, two Shelby Cobras and a 1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst.
The spring sale for Silver Auctions Arizona is set for March 15-17, 2018.