After soft launch, Silver Auctions Arizona looks to January sale

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After soft launch, Silver Auctions Arizona looks to January sale
A 1957 Chevrolet on the block at inaugural Silver Auctions Arizona | Larry Edsall photos

While the numbers were underwhelming, officials of the new Silver Auctions Arizona were far from disappointed with their inaugural sale, which was staged as sort of a soft launch – though with a lot of hard work – in preparation for future efforts.

Andy Stone, one of the auction company principals, said the improved quality of the cars crossing the block and the updates to the auction facilities were well-received.

After soft launch, Silver Auctions Arizona looks to January sale
The scene at the sale
After soft launch, Silver Auctions Arizona looks to January sale
Aerial view | Silver Auctions Arizona photo

Behind the scenes, he said, the auction staff is coming together and work continues on updating the computer system, and that streamlining the processes for consignors and bidders is progressing.

“We’re on target,” he said of a company that staged its first auction just three months after buying the Arizona dates from Mitch Silver.

Stone admitted to “growing pains.”

However, he added, “The word has spread. We had standing room only. A lot of people were coming to test the waters and are coming back in January.”

Silver Auctions Arizona’s next sale takes place during Arizona Auction Week. The dates are January 18-21, 2018, and the company hopes to offer a docket of around 300 vehicles at the Wekopa resort and conference center at Fort McDowell in Fountain Hills, just east of Scottsdale.

After soft launch, Silver Auctions Arizona looks to January sale
Auction action

The recent sale had a docket of around 200 cars. Only 36 percent sold, with total sales of $1.14 million.

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Part of the low sell-through may have been that bidders were used to lower-priced vehicles from previous Silver sales than those crossing the block under the new management.

“We had a great lineup of cars,” Stone said, “best in the history of this auction.”

After soft launch, Silver Auctions Arizona looks to January sale
A row of cars already on the January docket were featured at recent sale
After soft launch, Silver Auctions Arizona looks to January sale
Auction leaders Emmett Rice (left) and Andy Stone already lining up cars for January sale

Top 10 sales, Silver Auctions Arizona, Fall 2017:

  1. 2016 Bentley Continental GT, $154,000
  2. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, $44,820
  3. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette, $43,000
  4. 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor, $38,070
  5. 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, $37,260
  6. 1965 Pontiac GTO, $34,560
  7. 1968 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, $34,500
  8. 1932 Ford street rod, $31,686
  9. 1969 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40, $28,000
  10. 1931 Chevrolet Touring, $25,650

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. Need details on auctioning my 1932 Ford Pro Street 3 window coupe. I believe this is for your next auction date of January (pricing).

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