Andy picks his favorites at Bonhams

Bidding begins today at 11 a.m. Arizona time

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Bonhams offers an array of vehicles at its auction January 16 at the Westin Kirkland resort in Scottsdale, Arizona | Andy Reid photos

Of the higher-end catalog auctions during Arizona Auction Week 2020, Bonhams is the second on the schedule after Worldwide Auctioneers, which opened the action Wednesday evening.

Bidding begins at Bonhams auction venue, the Westin Kirkland Resort in Scottsdale, at 11 a.m. (local time) on January 16.

Bonhams offers two components that make for a wonderful experience. First, it tends to offer interesting cars at a variety of price and interest levels. Whether the car is an MG or a Maserati, it likely not only is an excellent example of the brand, but also comes with an interesting history.

The  second element that makes Bonhams a measuring stick for catalog auctions is the tremendous customer service. No matter if you are just a viewer spectating or a buyer or seller, you feel at home at Bonhams, and a stately British home at that.

These elements are what makes Bonhams one of my favorite places to buy and to sell cars.

Here are my favorites on Bonhams’ Arizona docket this year:

1967 Austin Healey Sprite Streamliner

This is one of the cars that Healey prepped for the Le Mans race in 1967. Somehow, it never made it to a track and instead was delivered to a Healey dealer in the U.S. The dealer had the car street registered and painted it British Racing Green instead of the orange in which it was delivered, because his plan was to have his wife drive it daily. Instead, the car just sat for years.  Today, it is a largely original and sorted Works British Le Mans car that is eligible for countless vintage racing events including the Le Mans Classic and Goodwood.

1992 Dodge Viper

This is not only a completely original Dodge Viper but also Viper No. 1. If that wasn’t enough, it was also Lee Iacocca’s personal car. If you want a collectible Viper, I would tell you that this is the car to buy.

1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring

There are good Carrera RS cars and there are bad ones. This one is a great example. This is one of the true icons of the Porsche collecting world and still seems like a tremendous bargain, even at the money that such cars have been demanding. I would seriously love to own this car.

1977 Chevrolet Corvette

A ’77 Corvette? Not only that, this Corvette is an automatic-equipped car, though it does have a L82 engine. That is not the reason to buy this car. This car’s story is that it was the personal gift to the consigner from none other than Indy racing star A.J. Foyt.  Now do you get why I picked this one?

1938 BMW 328

The BMW 328 is the absolute best deal on an iconic pre-war sports car that exists on the planet. A rare car that is eligible for any event in the world and what is basically the template for every BMW design ever since.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

This Mercedes wagon looked and felt like a brand new car. Finished in Deep Blue paint with a Java MB-Tex interior, this car would make one of the best car for a road trip with 4 of your friends.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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