183: What Cool Cars are available during Arizona Auction Week?

Posted on: January 20th, 2022 by

183: Arizona Car Week Review

Welcome back to The Collector Car Podcast!

It is time to review some incredible automobiles coming to the Arizona Car Week in Scottsdale.  Join Greg Stanley as he reviews the star cars from RM Sotheby’s, Barrett Jackson, Gooding & Co and Bonhams.

RM Sotheby’s

Arizona Modern: Tenenbaum Collection Spotlights Cutting Edge German Sports Cars

From a rare “Flachbau” Turbo S to a 918 Spyder, these examples are all ahead of their time.

Star Cars


Barrett Jackson


Lot #1265 – Presented as a 1987 Buick Grand National re-creation, this car was used in the movie Fast and Furious Four and was driven by Vin Diesel. It is one of two remaining movie cars after production ended with the other being made to drive in reverse. Powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter engine mated to an automatic transmission, this movie car was customized with a fake side passenger seat attached to the roll cage and it was customized so someone could stand on the floorboard. This was done so that actress Michelle Rodriguez could crawl out the window onto the hood of the car. The suspension was lowered and adjusted for extreme driving maneuvers and stability. It was fitted with custom Wilwood brakes, a fuel cell, hood pins, and racing wheels. Classified as ‘The Wheelie Car’ by the movie production team, it was fitted with a full roll cage and pulley system designed so it could pop a back wheelie when the 18-wheeler hit it in the scene.

Lot #1381  1965 SHELBY GT350


Lot #1336.2 – Rooted in a 10-car order from American Raceways International (ARI), this very special 1970 Ford Mustang Convertible is one of the five “ARI” pace car convertibles built consecutively on October 17, 1969. All were specified with R-code (Ram Air) 428ci Cobra Jet engines and C6 automatic transmissions, plus specially painted hoods, custom stripes and ARI rear-fender logos signifying the company’s Atlanta, Eastern, Texas, Riverside and Michigan properties. Other highlights included open 3.00:1 rear axle, climate control system, engine oil coolers, plus significant modifications. The 428ci CJ engines were removed and sent to Ford Engineering, where they were balanced, blueprinted and upgraded with a competition 3-angle valve job and fitted with shot-peened connecting rods and heavy-duty pistons and gaskets. Other highlights included a tubular 1-1/2-inch padded roll bar, 150-psi Stewart Warner oil pressure gauge, NASCAR-spec “T” oil pan and transmission blueprinting. Additionally, the front coil springs were slightly cut down. The ARI pace car convertibles feature sequential 120300-120304 serial numbers and, following completion, the public introduction of the five ARI Mustang pace car convertibles took place at New York City’s famed Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Numbered 20301, this Grabber Green Mustang ARI pace car convertible was assigned to Michigan International Speedway and subsequently sold to an individual and not back to Ford Motor Company for the contractually stipulated $1 consideration.



Immortalized by the 1983 film “Risky Business,” this Porsche 928 is the actual hero car driven by Tom Cruise during the movie. This piece of film history has resided in a private collection for many years, but has also been featured in a number of major public displays, including the Porsche Effect Exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum and at Porsche Cars North America. The 928 is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine and backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. The “Risky Business” Porsche sold for a record $1,980,000 at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction on September 18.

This Motoclub SparkNFT commemorates the Barrett-Jackson sale of this 1978 Porsche 928 “Risky Business” Movie Car and is available as the following Sparks: 1 x illustration, 1 x video and 3 x images, for you to enjoy in your Motoclub digital wallet! The winning bidder of this Limited Edition NFT will also receive an exclusive Barrett-Jackson VIP Muscle Lounge ticket package for two to the 2022 or 2023 auction of their choice.

Gooding & Company…online only


1994 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT/Design by Marcello Gandini/US$ 200,000 – 250,000

1967 PORSCHE 911S 2.0 ‘SOFT WINDOW’ TARGA/US$ 180,000 – 220,000

1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL/US$ 175,000 – 225,000

As always, thanks for listening and I will talk to all of you next week!

As always, thanks for listening and I will talk to all of you next week!

Greg Stanley