Metro Phoenix will boast thousands of classic and collector cars this month when the Barrett-Jackson and Mecum auto auctions return to Arizona.
Mecum Auctions is up first, taking place March 18-20 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Next is Barrett-Jackson; it’s March 20-27 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
Some of the cars being auctioned have had well-known owners, including the late actor Paul Walker, retired pro racer Roger Penske and automotive designer Carroll Shelby.
Shelby’s one-of-a-kind car, the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake that set a record when it was sold in 2007 for $5.5 million, will make its return to Barrett-Jackson on March 27.
Here are the highlights, safety measures and event details for the Barrett-Jackson and Mecum auto auctions.
Mecum Auctions 2021 highlights
Around 1,200 “American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, exotics, trucks, hot rods, resto mods” and more will cross the auction block in Glendale.
Gates open at 8 a.m. and auctions start at 10 a.m.
These collector cars are among this year’s main attractions:
- 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7.
- Fire Opal Red 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series.
- 2016 Ferrari F12tdf owned by Roger Penske.
- 1969 Dodge Daytona.
- 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback.
- 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra FAM owned by Paul Walker.
- 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe.
For a full list, visit https://www.mecum.com.
Those who want to tune in from home can do so on your local NBCSN channel — Cox (069, 1069), CenturyLink (640, 1640), DIRECTV (220), C-Band (G7-21), DISH (159). For the TV schedule, visit https://www.mecum.com/tv-times.
COVID-19 safety precautions at Mecum Auctions in 2021
General admission tickets will not be sold at the gate. Other precautions include:
- Temperature screening upon entry. Anyone showing a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to enter.
- Masks will be mandatory.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the stadium.
- Auction floor seating will be arranged to ensure social distancing.
Details: Thursday-Saturday, March 18-20. Doors open at 8 a.m. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale. $20 general admission, $30 after March 17, free for age 12 and younger. 262-275-5050, https://drive.mecum.com/Glendale-2021.
Barrett-Jackson 2021 highlights
Barrett-Jackson is returning to Scottsdale for a full week of thrill rides, live music and collector cars.
The most expensive car sold at Barrett-Jackson is slated to return to the auction block: Carroll Shelby’s 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake will be looking for a new owner on March 27.
Other highlights include:
- Autograph sessions with Andy Cohen of “Junkyard Empire” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 and 21.
- B-17G Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey” and Douglas C-47 Skytrain flyover at 3 p.m. March 21.
- The oldest vehicle up for sale this year is a 1926 Ford Model T truck.
To tune in from home, watch the Automobilia Auction livestream at https://www.barrett-jackson.com during the following times:
- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 22.
- 9 a.m.-auction close on March 23.
- 8:30 a.m.-auction close on March 24-27.
Barrett-Jackson COVID-19 precautions
Food and live music will still be part of Barrett-Jackson this year, but with some modifications. Dining and performances will only take place outside.
Other safety measures include:
- No general admission tickets sold at the door. They must be purchased online.
- The auction arena will be restricted to bidders, consignors and their guests.
- Face coverings are required for age 2 years and older.
- Temperature screenings upon entry. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter.
- Hand sanitizer placed throughout the venue.
Details: Saturday-Saturday, March 20-27. Gates open at 8 a.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. From $25; from $18 for ages 55 and older, military members and students; $12 for ages 6-12 (free on March 20); free for ages 5 and younger. Prices higher on the day of the event. 480-421-6694, https://www.barrett-jackson.com.
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