Southwest Chrome, Part II

As I mentioned in the original post (check it out here, if you missed it), a friend of mine, and fellow car nut, attended the auctions in the Scottsdale area a while back.

1957 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Barrett-Jackson

She took tons of pictures of actual cool cars, rather than the usual cable-TV assortment of muscle cars, restomods, hot rods and late-model Corvettes. As before, this is pretty much a photo tour. The cars speak for themselves. Enjoy.

1959 Chevrolet Impala, Barrett-Jackson

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Sotheby’s

1971 Ferrari 365GTB Daytona, Sotheby’s

1940 Lincoln Zephyr, Gooding

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Russo & Steele

1971 Porsche 911T, Sotheby’s

1941 Cadillac convertible, Gooding


1948 Packard Station Sedan, Bonhams


1958 Dodge convertible, Russo & Steele

1987 Ferrari Testarossa, Sotheby’s

1957 Ford Thunderbird, Gooding


1959 Edsel Corsair convertible, Barrett-Jackson

1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, Barrett-Jackson

’70s Toyota Land Cruiser, Gooding


1991 Alfa-Romeo SZ, Sotheby’s

2017 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 70th Annieversary, Sotheby’s

1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, Barrett-Jackson

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, Barrett-Jackson

1954 Cadillac Eldorado, Barrett-Jackson

11 Replies to “Southwest Chrome, Part II”

  1. stingray65

    Great pictures and beautiful cars for the most part (that 58 Dodge is hideous). It would be interesting to know how much they went for, as the market for 1940-50s Detroit iron seems to be very soft as the crowd who remembers when they were new dies off and is replaced by poorer millennials who don’t know how to shift a manual gearbox and require infotainment screens on the dashboard. Hard to imagine there are many up and coming collectors who could afford to rechrome one of those Caddies when the time comes.

  2. -Nate

    Very nice but ;

    Still only high end cars .

    I like to go and see the plebeian plodders that were the bread and butter vehicles long ago .


    • nightfly

      Many, no doubt. Weren’t the Land Cruisers of that age working-class cars, though, rather than trendy status shuttles?

      (I don’t know enough about the much older models. What would a Packard wagon with woodie styling run a savvy consumer in the late ’40s?)

      • -Nate

        Packards yes, the Ford, Chevy and MoPar woodies in the 1940’s were mostly used as Depot Hacks and large worker group transportation .

        There were Mercury and Buick woodies too, decidedly not for average passenger transportation .


    • stingray65

      Well the Impala with that fancy V-8 was a darn sight more expensive than a Biscayne with a 6 and 3 on the tree. And the Dodge convertible is a darn sight more expensive the a businessman coupe with flathead 6.

    • John C.

      The Alfa SZ was definitely the one that caught my eye. Alfa was already swallowed whole by Fiat but proprietary RWD Milanos were still in production to provide a basis along with subbing out of production to Zagato. Production halted when the Zagato factory was seized by creditors. The multinationals portray themselves as capitalist saviors for struggling players like Alfa and Zagato but often all they save is the grille shape.

  3. Carmine

    I’ve never understood the like for that Zagato Alfa, that was ugly as sin on day one and ugly as f**k 30 years later……its a poorly shaped lump of dog crap….I’d take it for free only to sell it and buy several attractive cars from the profits…..


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