Worldwide Auctioneers made a triumphant return to Arizona for its annual boutique sale, the January 26 Scottsdale Auction kicking off the week’s catalogue auctions with a diverse offering of pre-war sports, classics, and custom automobiles plus select American muscle cars.
High sale went to a Pebble Beach award-winning 1929 Duesenberg Model J Berline, one of the first Duesenberg Model Js delivered when new, that brought a resounding $2.26 million. An extraordinary 1935 Delahaye 135M Competition Drophead Coupe (one of only four Delahayes built by Figoni in 1935 and the last known survivor) sold for $1.43 million. And a historic and impeccably documented 1932 Chrysler CH Imperial Cabriolet—the very first car crafted by famed European coachbuilders Bohman & Schwartz—realized $940,000.
Embodying a marriage of art and function was an authentic Duesenberg Model J Engine, fully restored by Brian Joseph’s Classic & Exotic Service, that went to a new home to much applause for an astonishing $775,000.
Other notable sales went to an expertly restored factory black, shaker hood 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T that brought $329,000 and an iconic and exceptionally original 1991 Lamborghini Diablo that sold for $302,000, while a celebrated one-of-a-kind 1961 Chevrolet Impala “Double Bubble” Custom realized $252,000.
A total of 82 automotive lots crossed the block over the course of the evening along with a select offering of memorabilia, delivering an overall sale of $10.5 million at a 91 percent sell-through rate.
“Great to kick off the year and auction week here in Arizona with a full auction room and outstanding results across the board,” said Rod Egan, Principal and Auctioneer. “Our hallmark at Worldwide is always variety; we set out to curate a line-up that reflects our shared passion for great cars of every genre and put forward a genuine representation of the very best of what the real classic world is all about, whether that be a two-million-dollar Duesenberg or an outstanding everyday classic like a 1932 V-8 Ford. Thanks to everyone who joined us in person or virtually for a very successful and enjoyable event. The results speak for themselves.”
Full results can be found online HERE