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‘Cars of Dreams’ to be auctioned by Leake at inaugural Scottsdale sale


Collector cars from John Staluppi’s famous Cars of Dream Collection will be auctioned without reserve prices during Leake Auction Company’s inaugural Scottsdale sale in January.

Staluppi’s car museum in Palm Beach, Florida, is world-renowned for its massive, top-drawer collection of vehicles, of which 120 will be offered at the Leake sale.

Part of Staluppi’s vast car collection

“This collection of vehicles and his museum are simply breathtaking,” said Gary Bennett, general manager for New Ventures & Sectors (Collector Cars) for Ritchie Bros., the heavy-equipment auction company that now owns Leake.

“John has a very discerning eye for detail and a magical understanding of the collector car market,” Bennett said in a news release. “We are honored to offer his vehicles without reserve during our inaugural auction in Scottsdale.”

Among the cars that Staluppi is putting up for auction are a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 T-top coupe, 2012 Lexus LFA coupe, 1959 Chrysler 300E convertible, 1958 Dual Ghia convertible, 1959 Buick Electra convertible, 1959 DeSoto Firesweep convertible,1954 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Yenko convertible, 1958 Eldorado Biarritz convertible and a 1958 Pontiac Bonneville convertible.

Cadillacs on display

Staluppi, who has in the past been a familiar face at Barrett-Jackson auctions – usually with his small canine sidekick, Buddy – is a highly successful auto dealer who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  As well as being one of the most prominent car collectors in the U.S., Staluppi is known for the mega yachts he has custom built.

Staluppi and his wife, Jeanette, are also highly regarded for their philanthropic efforts, donating millions of dollars to worthy causes across the country.

Leake’s first sale during Arizona Auction Week, in which eight auction companies will compete for attention in 2020 in Scottsdale and Phoenix, will be held January 15-19 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the eastern border of Scottsdale.

For more information, visit the Leake auction website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. love to watch John pick cars to put in his collection. I .agree with every car he ends up buying. We have a lot in common in our choice of cars to purchase. His collection is definitely a dream. Only thing not in common is the funds to buy them . But it still a great fun thing to watch him smile every time he gets a car. Don’t know him personally but looks like a great guy Keep OUR dream alive. Thanks Al

    • Keith – John doesn’t have a ’74 Mercury in his collection, however please check our webpage often for inventory updates; you never know when one could be added to the docket. I’d also like to invite you to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the home page – we frequently send emails containing inventory additions.

      Webpage: http://www.leakecar.com

      Thanks for your support!

      -Muffy Bennett


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