Keith’s Blog: The Arizona Auctions as a Holiday / Looking for a Duetto


Making things even better was the Aston Martin V8 Vantage I had to enjoy. In addition to using it as stylish transportation around town, Wendie and I played hooky on Saturday afternoon and made a quick – very quick – trip to Sedona to put the car through its paces.  Suffice it to say, James Bond would be happy in the V8.


Keith Martin and Mark GellmanKeith Martin and Rick ColeAs this was my 25th year going to Scottsdale, there were a lot of familiar faces. I got a chance to reconnect with Rick Cole, the Adam of the Clan for the Monterey auctions. I also chatted with Mark Gellman, one of my very favorite auctioneers. Roy Sinor was there, representing the NCRS and a panel member for our hugely successful Corvette Market seminar.

Keith Martin and Joe MolinaThe Craig Jackson and Steve Davis teamThe Batmobile sells for $4.62m at Barrett-Jackson

I watched Barrett-Jackson sell the the Batmobile for $4.62m, with Craig Jackson, Steve Davis, Spanky Assiter and the rest of their gang encouraging each $100k bump. And what car event would be complete without schmoozing with PR Supremo Joe Molina, head of JMPR Public Relations? Joe has been a good friend and mentor since the beginning of SCM, and he seems to come up with about 500 more good ideas for us each time we see him.

I’ll have more thoughts about Scottsdale in the next issue of SCM.

Duetto Anyone?

Seeing all these cars sell made me want to buy a few myself, my pledge to diminish my holdings rather than increase them notwithstanding. Here are the next members of the SCM fleet that will be going away. If you’re interested in one, two or all three (package price?), contact me at

1973 Volvo 1800 ES

As a quick update, the 1973 Volvo 1800 ES should be completely sorted by the end of the week with its fresh engine, and I already have a couple of people quite interested. I’ll post it when it is ready at $17,995







1957 BMW Isetta

The 1957 BMW Isetta is ready to go as well — a cute little thing, fresh motor, electronic ignition, needs nothing, 9k miles showing, on the button at $32,500.










1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

Donald Osborne is wondering if the 1978 Alfetta GT would be a perfect daily driver for Palm Springs. I’ll get him some pictures and see if he’s ready to “cowboy-up” to the $4,200 price. Unless a fellow SCMer beats him to the punch.

UPDATE: The Alfetta has sold to an SCMer in Reno.



1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 spider duettoAll this will help me fund the Duetto I‘m ready to buy. It must be a 1967 in its original color. Prefer an honest car with few needs. Upgrade to 1750 or 2-liter okay, but I would like it to be like my blue GTV – sorted and driven regularly, so it can be put into service. Drop me a note if you’ve got one.





Keith Martin

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market and bi-monthly American Car Collector magazines, has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and has his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity.

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