America's first collector car auction company will sell the collection during their inaugural auction at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick during the multi-day event next year in Arizona
SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Sept. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Leake Auctions has secured a select group of vehicles from internationally recognized collector John Staluppi. Nearly 120 of his vehicles will sell without reserve during Leake's auction in Arizona, January 15-19, 2020. The Ritchie Bros.-owned company has partnered with Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for its multi-day auction.
John Staluppi's passion for cars began as a teenager when he bought his first car, a 1962 Corvette, at the age of 16. It was black on black, with a 340 HP engine and 4-speed transmission. Some years later, he was able to track down and purchase back that same car. It is the focal point of his collection today. He is currently one of the most prominent car dealers and collectors in the United States.
John's collection also includes very significant charity vehicles. Most recently he purchased the 2020 Toyota Supra #1 for US$2.1 million, with the proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association and Bob Woodruff's Foundation supporting veterans and service members. John and his wife Jeanette's generosity is well-known throughout the industry. They have donated millions of dollars, benefiting many charities across the country.
In addition to his massive car collection, John is an avid fan of yachting. Over the years he has custom built over 20 mega yachts. Many of his mega yachts were named after James Bond films, one of which dubbed 'Spectre' was awarded top prizes in the Asia Boating Awards 2019 and from the Boat International Jury.
"This collection of vehicles and his museum are simply breathtaking," said Gary Bennett, General Manager, New Ventures & Sectors (Collector Cars) for Ritchie Bros. "John has a very discerning eye for detail and a magical understanding of the collector car market. We are honored to offer his vehicles without reserve during our inaugural auction in Scottsdale."
A few of the highlights from John Staluppi's Cars of Dreams Collection include:
2012 Lexus LFA Coupe
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 T-top Coupe
1959 Chrysler 300E Convertible
1958 Dual Ghia Convertible
1959 Buick Electra Convertible
1959 DeSoto Firesweep Convertible
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Yenko Convertible
1958 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
1958 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
For more information about Leake Auction Company or to request information about their Scottsdale auction, visit LeakeCar.com or call +1.602.442.3380.
About Leake Auction Company:
Leake Auction Company was established by James C. Leake, Sr. and is America's first collector car auction. The company continues to carry out the principles Mr. Leake founded the company on: quality, respect, knowledge, and loyalty to the business. The team of industry experts provide decades of world-class collector car auction knowledge. Currently Leake conducts auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. In January 2018, Leake was acquired by Ritchie Bros., a global asset management and disposition company. With Ritchie Bros. online audience of 3.9 million registered users, Leake has one of the largest potential buyer bases in the collector car industry.
About Ritchie Bros.:
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is a global asset management and disposition company, offering customers end-to-end solutions for buying and selling used heavy equipment, trucks and other assets. Operating in a number of sectors, including construction, transportation, agriculture, energy, oil and gas, mining, and forestry, the company's selling channels include: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneer offers live auction events with online bidding; IronPlanet, an online marketplace with featured weekly auctions and providing the exclusive IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certification; Marketplace-E, a controlled marketplace offering multiple price and timing options; Mascus, a leading European online equipment listing service; and Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty, offering privately negotiated sales. The company's suite of multichannel sales solutions also includes RB Asset Solutions, a complete end-to-end asset management and disposition system. Ritchie Bros. also offers sector-specific solutions including GovPlanet, TruckPlanet, and Kruse Energy Auctioneers, plus equipment financing and leasing through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services. For more information about Ritchie Bros., visit RitchieBros.com.
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