Top five classic car auctions in the U.S.

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Attending classic car events gives you the chance to see hundreds of beautiful classic vehicles. In addition, classic car shows and auctions are perfect for finding hidden gems.

Whether you are a collector, buyer, or simply an admirer, classic car auctions are ideal for spotting rare and interesting models. These events are frequented by serious car collectors as well. Hence, you’ll have a chance to network with other classic car fans.

5 classic car auctions you shouldn’t miss

In this post, we will talk about the top 5 classic car auctions in the USA. Let’s not waste more time and start mentioning the high-profile classic car auctions already:


Barrett-Jackson is where classic car enthusiasts from all over the world have been gathering for the last 47 years. The world-class collector car auctions give buyers the opportunity to purchase some of the most desired classic cars. Moreover, Barrett-Jackson auctions give attendees the chance to see some of the most beautiful cars ever produced in one place.

Barrett-Jackson hosts various auctions throughout the nation. Ever heard of car auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Las Vegas, Nevada? These are just some of the events produced by Barrett-Jackson.

“In addition to the millions watching the events via live worldwide television coverage on Discovery Channel and Velocity, over 500,000 people are in attendance at all four auctions, looking to witness auction action at its best, capture the car of their dreams, learn more about collector cars through Behind the Hobby symposiums, mingle with celebrities, experience adrenaline-pumping thrill rides in the latest vehicles from America’s top automakers – or shop in the vast Exhibitor Marketplace,” according to Barrett-Jackson official website.

Don’t have a chance to attend any of these events? You can watch the live stream. Of course, it is not going to be as good as in person. But you will still get to see some of the world’s most unique and valuable vehicles.

Gooding & Company

Gooding & Company is yet another leading automotive auction. It specializes not only in classic cars but also in antique and racing vehicles. This car auction house hosts three well-known auctions every year.

One is held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The other two take place in Amelia Island, Florida and Pebble Beach, California. One can only imagine how magnificent it must be to attend the last two shows while enjoying sunsets at the seaside. Beautiful cars and breathtaking views are a match like no other.

Also, you can watch the Gooding & Company Auctions via live webcast. Though we wouldn’t miss a chance to visit this car bidding event for anything in the world.

RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s is one of the largest auction houses for investment-quality automobiles in the world. Since 1976, RM Auctions has transformed the global car auction scene. It aims to raise vehicle auction standards to the highest levels as well. Furthermore, in February 2015, RM Auctions officially partnered with Sotheby’s. Together they became RM Sotheby’s.

From 2014 to 2018, RM Sotheby’s ranked the number one auction house by the total value of cars sold and the number of cars sold for over $1,000,000.

According to RM Sotheby’s official website, this global auction house, holds over 10 auctions across six states in the US and 4 countries each year.

Furthermore, RM Sotheby’s is the “official collector car auction house for manufacturers including Ferrari, Porsche, and Aston Martin works, and important car events including the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, California Mille, Colorado Grand, Luftgekühlt, and Formula.”


This privately-owned international auction house was founded in 1793 in London. The Bonhams Motoring Department holds auction sales of rare classic cars and motorcycles. “The recently launched Bonhams MPH brings Bonham’s values to a wider audience for more modern and modestly priced collectors’ motor cars, staging four dedicated sales per year at Bicester Heritage,” according to Bonhams website.

This auction house hosts car events in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. We highly recommend the auctions hosted by Bonhams. You will get to see some of the rarest classic cars in the world.

The Mecum Auction Company

Starting off as a family business, the Mecum Auction Company has grown a lot during the past three decades. The company held its first official auction in 1988 at the Rockford Airport. Since then, the Mecum Auction has become one of the leading events for collector cars, vintage and antique motorcycles in the world.

Headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, the Mecum Auction hosts the famous collector car auction in Kissimmee, Florida every year. In addition, it hosts other events throughout the United States. The Mecum Auction offers over 20,000 cars for sale annually.

It doesn’t matter which auction hosted by Mecum you pick. You will have a great experience! And who knows? You might even find the car of your dreams!

So these are the top 5 classic car auctions you must attend. And if you have never attended any such events before, these may be a great start.

Auction Auto Transport

What if you decide to buy a classic car at any of these auctions and want to ship it? We are here to help. Corsia Logistics specializes in Auction Auto Transport. Moreover, we are ready to guide you through every step of the process. We make sure your car is shipped safe and sound to any destination of your choice as well.

If you have any questions or would like to request a free, no-obligation quote, feel free to call (818) 850-5258. Our agents will provide you with all the information you need. Thank you!


About the Author:

Juxhina Malaj - a wanderluster and bibliophile who loves painting, watching documentary films, drinking green tea and taking pictures of classic cars (mainly cute Volkswagen Beetles). Juxhina holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from AUBG. She is currently studying Masters in Communication Science at the University of Vienna, Austria.

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