2019 Bonhams Scottsdale Sale (Auction Results)

A 1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider by Frua sold for $2,755,000 as the top result at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction.

A 1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider by Frua sold for $2,755,000 as the top result at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction.
© Bonhams

Only three cars sold for more than a million dollar at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 classic car sale: a 1951 Maserati A6G/200 Spider by Frua sold for $2,755,000, a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing for $1,110,000 (post-hammer) and a 1963 Porsche 365B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet achieved $1,005,000. A further five cars attracted unsuccessful highest bids exceeding a million dollars, including a highest bid of $4 million for the 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider.

Bonhams Scottsdale Classic Car Auction 2019

Bonhams scheduled its eighth annual Scottsdale, Arizona, sale on 17 January 2019 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

In 2019, Bonhams earned $16.1 million at Scottsdale from selling 107 of 120 lots on offer for a high 90% sell-through rate. Hagerty calculated an average sale price of $144,762.

1958 Porsche 550A Spyder
 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder © Bonhams

In 2018, Bonhams earned $25.2 million at Scottsdale with 94 of 108 lots offered sold – a sell-through rate of 87% and an average price of $267,649 per car. In 2017, Bonhams earned $36 million from just over 100 cars with sell-through rate of 82%.

The top result at Bonhams Scottsdale 2018 was a new model-record $5,170,000 paid for a 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder that finished Le Mans fifth overall.

Top Results at Bonhams Scottsdale 2019

The top results at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction were:

YearCarPrice ($)Estimate
1951Maserati A6G / 2000 Spider by Frua2,755,0002,800,000 – 3,400,000
1955Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing1,110,0001,150,000 – 1,350,000
1963Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet1,005,0001,100,000 – 1,300,000
1934Mercedes Benz 500 K Four Passenger Tourer830,0001,000,000 – 1,400,000

Million-Dollar Cars at Bonhams Scottsdale 2019

1952 Maserati A6G 2000 Spider Chassis 2017
© Bonhams

The top result at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 sale was $2,755,000 for a 1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider, chassis 2017, with coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua. This spider is one of only three produced with coachwork by Frua on a shortened chassis. In all, only 16 of the A6G/2000 were produced: nine with bodywork by Pinin Farina, six by Frua and one by Vignale.

The car was fully restored in recent years and fitted with the engine used by an A6GCS in the 1948 Mille Miglia. (The original 2017 engine is apparently installed in an A6 1500 in Italy.) The restored car was shown at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2006, Quail Concours in 2010, and Pebble Beach 2014.

The 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing initially failed to sell with a highest bid of $1,050,000 but it was later listed as sold at $1,100,000. This was a sensible deal. Although this car sports its original interior, buyers are spoiled for choice: three Gullwings and three Roadsters were available at the Scottsdale 2019 auctions and more at Paris a few weeks later. A similarly highly original Roadster at Worldwide Auctions sold for a fairly cheap $990,000 a day earlier.

Red 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet
© Bonhams / P. Litwinski

The 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet was the only other car at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2018 sale to achieved a million dollar result when it sold for $1,005,000. This car is one of just 32 made. It is a highly original, matching-numbers example with the desirable four-cam engine. It has been in current ownership for 30 years. As Porsche’s top-of-the-line model when new, the Carrera 2 was the recipient of a host of factory improvements, including the first Porsche model to receive disc brakes.

1934 Mercedes Benz 500 K

The price of the 1934 Mercedes Benz 500 K Four-Passenger Tourer has been moving backwards. It sold for $830,000 at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 sale but at the peak of the market in 2015, a highest bid of $850,000 was no accepted at Amelia Island. In that auction, the car was still painted red and the pre-auction estimate $1.25 – $1.5 million. This 500 K is one of only eight made with right-hand drive for the British market (out of a total of 342 produced). It is believed to be the only 500K ever fitted with coachwork by Mayfair – it received the aluminum body that is still wears today in the late 1930s.

Top Cars Not Sold at Bonhams Arizona 2019

The top cars that failed to sell at Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 were:

YearCarPrice ($)Estimate
1954Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I SpiderHB 4,000,0005,000,000 – 6,000,000
2018Bugatti ChironHB 2,550,0002,800,000 – 3,300,000
1959Lister-Jaguar Sports RacerHB 1,450,0002,000,000 – 2,600,000
1971Lamborghini Miura SVHB 1,500,0001,700,000 – 2,100,000
1964Porsche 904 GTSHB 1,200,0001,400,000 – 1,600,000
1993Bugatti EB110 GTHB 760,000800,000 – 1,000,000
1931Bugatti Type 46 Superprofilee CoupeHB 620,000750,000 – 1,000,000

Note: Highest bids as observed during auction. Some cars may have sold in post-hammer deals.

Bidding for the top cars that failed to sell at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 car sale generally stop 10% to 20% short of the lower estimates. While Hagerty reported healthy trading for cheaper classic cars at the Scottsdale auctions, there is clear hesitation by buyers to go near and above a million dollar, except for exceptional cars.

1954 Ferrari Mondial Front
© P. Litwinski / Courtesy of Bonhams

If the highest bid for the 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider was accepted, the result would have been in line with the two achieved on similar models by Gooding in 2018: a Series 1 at Scottsdale for $4,455,000 and Series II for an even stronger $5,005,000 at Pebble Beach.

Bidding for the 2018 Bugatti Chiron stopped more than half a million short of the highest bid Bonhams achieved for a Chiron at Quail Lodge 2018 and a million short of bidding at Mecum Kissimmee 2018. RM Sotheby’s has a Chiron at Paris 2019, as well as two Veyrons and a EB110. The 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT came so close to estimate, the seller may regret not taking the money.

More on Scottsdale 2019 Collector Car Auctions

2017 Ford GT
© Barrett Jackson

The first major collector car auction series of the year is traditionally the Scottsdale and Phoenix auctions in Arizona, USA, in mid-January.

Most major car auctioneers have sales in Arizona including Barrett-Jackson, Bonhams, Gooding and RM Sotheby’s. A notable exception is Mecum that start the auction year a few weeks earlier at Kissimmee in Florida.

Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Sale Results

Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Sale Previews:

Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Pre-Sale Announcements: