2021 Bonhams Scottsdale Sale (Porsche 356 Announced)

A 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 T2 Speedster is the first highlight announced for the Bonhams Scottsdale Sale during the classic car auction week in Arizona in January 2021.

Red 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 T2 Speedster at Bonhams Scottsdale Sale 2021.
© Bonhams

Bonhams announced a 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 T2 Speedster as the first high-profile car for the forthcoming Scottsdale 2021 sale in Arizona USA. A further highlight is a 1991 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 with desirable Martini 6 livery. The auction will be live with limited on-site bidding.

Bonhams Scottsdale Classic Car Auction 2021

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

Bonhams scheduled its tenth annual Scottsdale, Arizona, sale on 21 January 2021 at the Westin Kierland Resort, as a live auction with bidding possible on-site by registered bidders, online, by phone, or commission bidding. Most cars could be inspected on-site by appointment on the days prior to the auction.

In 2021, Bonhams earned $5,896,400 with a sell-through rate of 78%.

In 2020, Bonhams’ top result was $1,93 million for a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Cabriolet.

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.

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 a sell-through rate of 82%.

Highlights Announced for Bonhams Scottsdale 2021

Early announcement for the Bonhams Scottsdale 2021 classic car auction is led by a rare 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 T2 Speedster. ‘Nut and bolt’ restored to factory-correct specification, the Speedster is offered with its original matching numbers and Reutter bodywork. Estimate on request.

Also lining up at Scottsdale is a modern classic 1991 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 with desirable Martini 6 livery. This well-preserved, low-mileage example is the 145th of the 310 Giugiaro-designed cars produced. Estimate on request.

Previous Bonhams Results at Scottsdale Auctions

Although Bonhams is usually one of the smaller auctions during the annual Scottsdale week, it had several remarkable successes in Arizona in the past. Some highlights include:

Auction World Records

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition
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1951 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spider, one of just three examples built with bespoke coachwork and features, sold for $2,755,000 in 2019, a new auction record for the model.

A highly original and successful in period example of a Porsche racing legend went across the block in 2017. The 1964 Porsche 904 GTS was purchased for $2,310,000 by a European enthusiast and set another marque auction record.

Featuring in the same sale was a true legend – a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition, the tenth of the dozen Lightweights built. Previously owned and campaigned by Australian Bob Jane to victory in the 1963 Australian GT Championship, the E-Type secured another ‘win’ at Scottsdale, selling for $7,370,000, becoming both the most valuable E-Type and most valuable post-1960 Jaguar to ever sell at auction.

Motorsport Highlights

1958 Porsche 550A Spyder Side Profile
© Bonhams/P. Litwinski

In 2018, a ‘giant killer’ 1958 550A Porsche Spyder achieved more than $5 million ($5,017,000). The ex-works racer, one of 40 built, was offered with exceptional competition history, having placed on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and won its class at the Nürburgring 1000.

The previous year, another motorsport maestro of the 1950s took the checkered flag. A 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider Competizione, campaigned in the 1952 Mille Miglia, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Targa Florioby Scuderia Ferrari drivers including Piero Taruffi, Maurice Trintignant, and Giovanni Bracco, sold for $6,380,000.

Cars of the Stars

Ex-Marlene Dietrich 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton sold in 2012 Bonhams Scottsdale
© Bonhams

Bonhams brought stardust to Scottsdale for its debut sale in 2012 with an impeccable green 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton, which was gifted to Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich by Paramount Studios. The famous Phantom sold for its top estimate at $524,000 to the acclaim of the audience.

One of the most recognised Ferraris – and star of the small screen – crossed the block in 2017. The 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole which featured in the 1980s television series Magnum PI and driven by actor Tom Selleck, achieved $181,500.

2018’s sale offered two cars from the personal collection of Carroll Shelby, the late racing driver and automotive designer, depicted in the Oscar-winning film ‘Ford vs Ferrari. The 1966 Ford Shelby GT 350H Fastback and 2006 Ford GT exceeded all estimates and sold for $253,000 and $489,500, respectively.

Scottsdale and Arizona Car Auctions 2021

Scottsdale & Arizona Auctions 2021

Many auction houses have sales (live, online, or a combination) during the annual Scottsdale week in mid-January (and end March 2021), including amongst others:

  • Barett-Jackson: Postponed until the week of 22 March 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona — live auction.
  • Bonhams: 21 January 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona — live auction.
  • Gooding & Company: 22 January 2021 — online only.
  • RM Sotheby’s: 22 January 2021 in Scottsdale, Arizona — live auction.
  • Russo and Steele: 23 January 2021 in Scottsdale, live but private event with restricted admission.
  • Worldwide Auctioneers: 23 January 2021 in Auburn, Indiana (but keeping the Scottsdale auction name!)

Scottsdale & Arizona Sales 2021 — Auction Results

Scottsdale & Arizona Sales 2021 — Auction Previews

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Scottsdale & Arizona Sales 2020 – Auction Results