Five collector-car auctions seek their niche in Greater Phoenix

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event

Barrett-Jackson events | Lifestyle Pavilion

Established in 1971 and based in Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson has transformed its sale into an “experience” featuring a huge stage for auctioning vehicles and a Lifestyle Pavilion housing fashion and jewelry shows, cooking demonstrations, karaoke, a bar and lounge, food and wine pairings and spa treatments.

The auction has attracted celebrities, including Paul McCartney, David Spade, Alice Cooper and Pamela Anderson. Scottsdale-based rocker Bret Michaels will sell three vehicles, including a 2004 Bentley Continental GT, after auctioning a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS in 2011.

Details: Through Sunday, Jan. 22. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. One-day passes start at $25, discounts for seniors and students. 480-663-6255,

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction

The 12th annual event by this Phoenix-based company will spotlight European sports models, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs.

One of the cars taking center stage is a 1965 Shelby GT350 “R” Model with a colorful history in racing, the Carroll Shelby School of High-Performance Driving and Ford promotions. Also highlighted is a 1968 L-88 Corvette Roadster, one of 20 such vehicles produced by Chevrolet.

Details: Through Sunday, Jan. 22. Southeastern corner of Scottsdale Road and Loop 101, Scottsdale. One-day admission starts at $20. 602-252-2697,

Gooding Company

As it marks five years of auctions in Scottsdale, this California-based company continues to focus on the high-end market. Many of the 100-plus vehicles for sale this year carry estimates ranging from six figures to more than $1 million.

This year’s stars include six Packard Twelves from the estate of collector Thomas A. Moretti, including a 1932 Packard Twin Six Coupe owned by movie icon Clark Gable. Gooding officials say a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing is the first one put up for public sale in five years.

Details: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21. Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. One-day admission starts at $30. Children 11 and younger free. 310-899-1960,

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