Your 2011 Arizona auctions visitor’s guide

Six collector vehicle auctions in the span of ten days in a warm, dry climate at the height of winter. While this is most old car hobbyists’ version of heaven on earth, even the most die-hard car enthusiast might need a diversion from watching great cars being bought and sold on the auction block. Even if it’s just to take in other car activities.

So for all the old car enthusiasts planning on a trip to the Scottsdale/Phoenix area in mid-January to attend the marathon slate of Arizona auctions, the following list includes additional car-focused activities in the Grand Canyon State.

As always, we recommend calling ahead before traveling to any location to make sure it’s not a wasted trip.


Inaugural Phoenix Classic &
Exotic Car Auction
Jan. 14-15 at Manheim Phoenix
in Phoenix, AZ

Russo and Steele
11th annual European Sports,
American Muscle, Hot Rods
& Customs
Jan. 19-23 in Scottsdale, AZ

RM Auctions
12th Automobiles in Arizona
Jan. 20-21 at the Biltmore Resort
in Phoenix, AZ

40th annual Scottsdale Auction
Jan. 17-23 at WestWorld
in Scottsdale, AZ

Silver Auctions
19th annual Arizona in January
Jan. 21-23 at Ft. McDowell Resort
& Casino in Fountain Hills, AZ
(Last Chance Auction on Jan. 29)

Gooding & Co.
4th annual The Scottsdale Auction
Jan. 21-22 in Scottsdale, AZ

Car Show
The Pavilions Car Show
Every Saturday (Jan. 8, 15 and 22
during the Arizona auctions)
Held at Rock ’n’ Roll McDonald’s
9140 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ
480-367-9500, ext. 226

Salvage Yards

There are 98 salvage yards listed in the Arizona salvage yard directory, too many to list in this space. Those that are listed have been visited by Old Cars Weekly or are recommended due to their inventory of vintage vehicles. Again, call before traveling to make sure the yard is open/operating at the time of your visit.

Arizona Desert Specialties
Tucson, AZ

Dan’s Auto Salvage
Kingman, AZ

Desert Valley Auto Parts
Phoenix/Casa Grande, AZ

Ferris Automotive & Towing
St. Johns, AZ

Hidden Valley Auto Parts
Maricopa, AZ

Springerville Auto Wreckers
Springerville, AZ

Valley Auto Wrecking
Thatcher, AZ

Collector Car Dealers/Parts/Vendors/Restoration Shops

Anthem Motors
21242 N. Black Canyon Hwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Dream Car Restorations
33 S. Alma School Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85210

Leo Gephart Classic Cars
7360 E. Acoma Dr., Ste. 14
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

RS Gauge Works
249 E. Eugie Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85022

Woodies USA
Located in the Scottsdale Airpark
Scottsdale, AZ


H.H. Franklin Museum
1405 E. Kleindale Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Scottsdale Int. Car Museum
Located in the former Mervyn’s
Near Pavilion’s Car Show
Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale


Tom Mix Crash Site Memorial
Mix, a cowboy movie star, died in October 1940 when he drove his 1937 Cord into a gully near Florence, Ariz. A riderless horse memorial statue is located on Hwy. 79 between mile markers 115 and 116.

There are also more than 100 antique dealers listed for the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, too many to list in this space. These businesses often have automobilia/petroliana items for sale, especially vintage automobile literature.

For a full list of these dealers and their locations, use the Internet and search for Arizona antique dealers. Also, when in Arizona, state-operated tourist information sites will often have pamphlets or maps of the antique dealers in the area.

These tourist information sites are also stocked with pamphlets for non-automotive events, such as Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam tours.

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