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Whether on live TV or in person, you’ve witnessed the incredible variety of vehicles crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson, and now you’re thinking about consigning your own vehicle. We wish to welcome you to Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™.  Barrett-Jackson events represent the purest marketplace in the collector car universe, where thousands of pre-qualified potential buyers have direct access to your collectible car. Imagine 1,000 or more potential buyers lining up at the curb in front of your driveway to look at your car. Every potential bidder has passed a stringent qualification process to ensure buyers can back up their bid. To put that in perspective, more than 4,500 pre-qualified bidders were on hand at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.


To gain access to Barrett-Jackson buyers, your car must first be accepted for consignment at one of our four premiere events. The first step in the process is to submit a consignment application, known as a Preliminary Consignment Form. The application helps us evaluate your car. There are several ways you can get a consignment application form.


Apply online
By far the easiest method of consigning is here on our website. Just click on “Consign” at the very top (or simply click HERE). This will take you to a page where you can begin the online application process or explore information and additional options.

  • Start by inputting your contact information and vehicle details into the online form. Before consigning online, it’s important to gather all vehicle images and documentation in digital form (for tips on how to take optimal photos of your car, click HERE). Scan both sides of your title. Know where the images and scans are located on your computer.
  • If you have multiple vehicles to consign, you may choose to register as a member on the website (top right of the page) and then log in. As a registered member, your contact information is automatically applied to each vehicle application, avoiding redundancy. When you click on “Consign” after logging in, you’ll be taken directly to the online consignment process.

Download and print the form

If you’re not as computer-savvy, there is also an option from the “Consign” page to download a printable consignment form, which you can fill out by hand and mail with all relevant information.


Speak to a specialist
If you have questions prior to consignment, please call 480-421-6694 and speak to a consignment specialist, who will also be happy to explain the consignment process. You can also email the consignment department by clicking HERE. 



The single most important rule of the process is to gather relevant documents and photos before you begin.  Complete applications are more likely to move through the process smoothly. Cars cannot be accepted for consignment unless applications are complete. Timing is also important. As we almost always have more applications than available slots, it’s important to submit your application as early as possible.

Here is a checklist of what you should have before starting the application process:

⎕ Photos

⎕ Descriptions

⎕ Title Scans

⎕ Supporting Documentation




You will need five good photos of your vehicle.  The images are important, as they show all sides of your vehicle to potential buyers. Furthermore, the images are utilized on the Barrett-Jackson website, in the event catalog and possibly in other marketing avenues, such as eBlasts or print advertisements. Because they are a key factor in marketing your car to the masses, they need to be the best possible photos you can obtain.

  • The photos must be in focus.
  • With the exception of interior and engine shots, the entire vehicle must appear in the photo; it cannot be cut off.
  • As the photos represent an asset, there can be no other vehicles in the photos; only the vehicle on the application can be present.
  • The background should be clear and free of clutter and trees.
  • It’s best to drive the car to a large, clear area, such as the back of a supermarket or industrial warehouse.
  • The car should be photographed on level pavement. Grass or snow are not recommended.

Before snapping photos, look in the viewfinder and study the frame. Are reflections washing out the image?  Are trees, people or other cars reflected in your shiny paint? Look through our archives for great photos to inspire you. Photos should be at least 3 megabytes (3MB) in size at a minimum.


The photos that we need with your application are:

  • 3/4 front view (not three-quarters of the car; this refers to the angle showing the front and side of the vehicle at the same time)
  • 3/4 rear view (from the other side)
  • Side view
  • Interior
  • Engine 


Click HERE for a detailed article on how to photograph your car.


PHOTO TIP: Know the location of photos on your computer so you can easily navigate the upload process.


Short and Long Descriptions

Informative, well-structured descriptions are the single most overlooked aspect of the application process, and can have a positive impact on the sale price of your vehicle. We require that you submit two descriptions with your application, each serving a distinct purpose:

  • Short Description: Appears in the docket list on our website as well as in our printed event catalog.  Containing only about 25 to 30 words, this short description should focus on features and information that cannot be seen “from the curb.”  This is not the place to list color or wheel selection, as viewers can see these details in photos and on the auction block.  Instead, you should list selling points that may not be immediately evident, such as “ground up restoration,” “fresh engine rebuild,” or “twin-turbo.” Here’s an example of a good short description:  Nut and bolt restoration of a fully-documented, matching numbers car with only 3,000 miles since new. Listed in the Shelby Registry.
  • Long Description: This is where you can get into the details of your vehicle, as well as its provenance, if known. People love to read the back stories of cars. This description can be up to 300 words, and can include restoration information, expenditures, major facets, modifications, history, awards and anything else you feel will add to the selling power of your vehicle. Mention any documentation you have to back up any claims, particularly with regards to custom vehicles. This is extremely useful in instilling confidence in prospective buyers. Also make sure to include basic information, like transmission type, engine size, etc. The long description will appear on the website docket listing and the “car card” that is on the windshield of the vehicle while it is displayed at auction. This description may also be used in marketing materials, and portions may be read by the auctioneers on the block, so it is crucial to mention the most important or impressive things first. Make sure to talk about your specific vehicle, not the marque in general. You want people to understand your car.


DESCRIPTIONS TIP: Stick to the facts and avoid subjective terms and wild superlatives in your descriptions, such as “world’s greatest car.”



To effectively process your application, we need a copy of both sides of your title. Your title must be clear. We do not auction cars with liens. Of course, the vehicle title and VIN must match.  Unless you are a car dealer, the name and address on the title must match the name and address on the Preliminary Consignment Form. If you have any questions relating to titles, please feel free to call a consignment specialist at 480-421-6694.

Also, Canadian vehicles must be titled in the U.S. in order to be eligible for Barrett-Jackson auctions.


TITLE TIP: Don’t take photos of your title. Scan both sides. The scans must be flat and clear.



Supporting documentation (including factory documents) is not only useful for boosting bidder confidence, it’s also helpful to support any claims made in your vehicle descriptions.  For example, if you claim that your car’s custom-built engine produces 900hp, provide a dyno sheet in support of that claim. (Of course, verifiable factory engine output ratings do not need dyno sheets.) Another example: If your Mustang has a Marti Report, submit a copy of that document along with your application.


DOCUMENTATION TIP: If your car is accepted for auction, make a large board with a collage of supporting documentation to display with the vehicle.





Things To Remember

  • Use the services of your local office and print centers (FedEx Kinkos, etc.) if you don’t have a scanner at home. They can scan documentation or existing photos of your vehicle to obtain digital images.
  • Provide copies/scans of a clear title in your name, with no liens.
  • Exercise care and salesmanship when crafting your vehicle’s short and long descriptions. As with good photos, good descriptions are important.
  • Ensure the descriptions are written in your own words; don’t plagiarize.
  • Make the extra effort to take good photos of your vehicle. For detailed tips on how to do this, click HERE.
  • Get your application in early. While an early application doesn’t guarantee placement, it can certainly help.


Things To Avoid

  • Try not to submit incomplete applications. Wait until you have descriptions, images and supporting documentation, if applicable. If you just want to speak with someone, click HERE for the “Speak to a Consignment Specialist” page.
  • Ensure other cars, people or objects are not in your photos.
  • Taking a photo of a photo is not a good idea, especially if it is in a frame; scan the image instead.
  • Avoid photographing your car in your driveway, or on grass or snow.
  • It is not advisable to speak in superlatives when writing your descriptions (for example, “world’s best car”).
  • If your car was built by a top-name restorer or customizer, please feel free to list the name in your description. However, please refrain from promoting your car dealership or other business.


Ready to consign?  Click HERE.

PRO TIPS: How to Take Better Photos of Your Vehicle


Tim Heit, automotive photographer for Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. since 2005, has photographed thousands of vehicles for various marketing purposes and publications. We asked him to share his wisdom in this article to help car owners master a key piece of the consignment puzzle.

You undoubtedly have heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words. When consigning your car to auction, pictures could literally be worth thousands of dollars. You might be surprised at how often people send us applications to consign even great cars accompanied by mediocre or poor photographs. While we will work with whatever photos you provide us, help us help you by providing quality photographs of your vehicle before it crosses the block.

Photographs play a significant role in the auction process, helping us both evaluate and market your car. Those photographs will be seen on the Barrett-Jackson website, in the event catalog and on the large high-definition screens in the auction arena as your car makes its way across the block. Though not guaranteed, vehicles accompanied by great photos are more likely to be used in advertisements. Photography matters.

Above all, seeing exceptional photos of your vehicle will inspire confidence in potential biddersbidders who may purchase your car without ever having seen it in person. During our 2015 Scottsdale auction, for example, Internet and phone bidding accounted for 4.7% of our total vehicle sales. That may not sound like a lot, but it translates into $6.5 million in auction vehicle purchases.

In light of this, I want to help you take better pictures of your collectible. I could write volumes about the specifics of photography, but instead I will focus on three key areas: location, equipment and composition.

Not everyone has a 50,000-square-foot automotive museum or a beautiful willow tree forest covered in dew on a light foggy day with sunbeams painting their car to create the ultimate photo. But with a little bit of time and a few tips, you can make your vehicle the focus of the image. Which leads us to our first tip:

Location, location, location
High school business class teachers pound this into students brains from the first day. Your vehicle’s photographs are no different. You want to sell your car for top dollar and make it stand out from the rest. Make the effort to drive your car to the rear of a supermarket, department store, warehouse—any place that is a large, blank canvas on which to place your car. For this article, a location behind a nearby department store was chosen because it seems achievable in almost any city. When choosing a location, there are some basic don’ts to keep in mind:

  • Don’t shoot the vehicle in your driveway.
  • Make sure there are no people or other cars in your shot.
  • Avoid trees or signs in the background.

Remember these three major factors: light source, background and reflections.

  • Light source. Most consignors will use the sun as their light source, so that is what we will use for the duration of this article. Shade is recommended (for even lighting), or natural light just as the sun rises or sets. This is especially important when shooting the engine and interior.
  • Background. Remember: you are trying to sell a vehicle, not capture an image of a stunning landscape.  Lets look at the first photo (below left). This is an example of a poorly planned photo: the car is cut off, the angle is too high, the photographers shadow and handicapped signs are in the image, theres a busy background,  the lighting is uneven, and there are unwanted reflections on the car. Now, take a look at the second and third photos, which were taken at the same time of day, 200 feet away from the first location. The lighting in this location is even and the shot was taken from more of a distance, avoiding unwanted shadows in the picture and allowing the entire car to be in the frame.
  • Reflections. You have just spent thousands of dollars and countless hours in the paint booth. The last thing you want to do is have reflections of parking lines (see the image below left), another car, or your bright blue recycle trash can visible on the side or hood of your collectible.  In these examples, a very reflective car was used to help support this factor.

take better photos of your car

Over the past year, Barrett-Jackson has seen a steady increase in consignors using cellphones to take photos. It is not the most optimal file type, but it cannot be ignored that smartphones will account for nearly one trillion photos in 2015. If you study the three examples below, you can see the difference between an iPhone 6, a $150 Canon “point and shoot” and a Nikon D600 DSLR. Notice how the front of the car is distorted in iPhone versus the Canon, and even more so when compared to the Nikon.

Tips for photographing your car

However, if a smartphone is all you have, here are a few important tips:

  • Hold phone in landscape mode. (Remember, your photos are displayed on high-definition screens during the auction. A portrait orientation will not fit the HD screens properly.)
  • Don’t use digital zoom (pinch-to-zoom); there are only a few phones that have optical zoom.
  • Make sure your camera lens is clean.
  • Avoid shooting in low-light scenarios; this will cause blurriness and loss of detail.
  • Don’t use the flash, use natural light.
  • Use a Camera App. Yes, the iPhone’s built-in camera app has improved from version to version. But there are companies out there that only focus on photography, such as Camera+ and Camera Awesome.  There are several video tutorials on these apps.
  • Don’t use filters or effects. Although they may look cool for Facebook, they do not help represent your vehicle’s true color or condition.

For those of you with more advanced DSLR cameras or point-and-shoot-style cameras, here are a few key tips to consider. (There are well over 2,300 camera models; most of these tips are standard features.)

  • White balance. Auto white balance can be a blessing and a curse.  For this article, the sun is used as the light source, which can mean direct sun or shade. Either way, choose one of these white balance settings for more consistent color.
  • File type. JPEG is the most common file type for digital cameras.  However, not all JPEGs are created equal.  Most cameras use the terms JPEG Fine or JPEG High.
  • Resolution. Choose the largest size available. We’re looking for at least 2MB per image. This varies from camera to camera: it may say Large, 12MP or 4000 x 3000.
  • Use a long lens. If you use a DSLR and have a 105mm or 200mm lens, use it. This will compress the background and let the focus be on the car. If you use a point-and-shoot camera, it is very important that you turn off digital zoom. You want to capture what the camera lens sees, not what a computer chip thinks it sees.
  • Avoid using a wide-angle lens. For the interior and engine shots you don’t have much option. But for the front, rear and profile angles, a wide-angle lens will change the proportions of the car and even cause distortion.

Photographing you car

Although this subject can go hand-and-hand with location, lets concentrate on the angle and height of the camera in relation to the vehicle.  Barrett-Jackson requires five standard shots of your vehicle: front 3/4, rear 3/4, side profile, engine and interior. The online consignment application includes clear examples and diagrams of exactly how to achieve these shots, like this:


The front 3/4 is by far the most used and best representation of your car. So lets focus on this money shot. The three biggest mistakes commonly seen are that you cannot see enough of the front of the car, the car is cut off in the frame and the camera is positioned too high. If every car could be shot using a DSLR with a 300mm lens, we would be happy, but this is not always an option. As mentioned above, three different cameras were used to show the different results.

Every car has a stance; the height of your camera is the No. 1 factor that will accentuate its attitude. The most common shots seen are from 4 to 5 feet in height, looking down on the car. If you take the same shot from a lower angle, 2 to 3 feet off the ground, you are now on the same level as the cars center, and with a non-professional camera you will reduce the distortion. The angle is key in showing off the proportions of your vehicle. Every vehicle is different, but a go-to rule for most vehicles involves the right rear tire: if it is visible behind the front left tire in your image (see photo taken with Nikon above), you’ve got the angle right.

Submit your files
Send only full-size files. It’s a good idea to know where your photos “live” on your computer before you start the application process. For example, they may be stored in your “Documents” folder or your “Photos” folder. The new Barrett-Jackson website allows you to upload photos directly from your computer, smartphone or tablet.

My last tip is a simple one: Ask for help. Ask your family, friends, a neighbor, even your kids if they know anyone. When I started taking photos in high school, I took on every opportunity to expand my experience. Photography is an art that requires practicebut remember, better photos can equal better block results.

Ready to get started? Visit the Consignment page of our website by clicking HERE.


**If you are a photographer and want to be added to our local photographer directory, please submit photos of at least one vehicle with the five required angles (front 3/4, rear 3/4, side profile, engine and interior) to photos@barrett-jackson.com with the subject “Photographer Directory.” In the body of the email, please include your name, phone number, city, state and any URL for an online portfolio of vehicles you have photographed.  



This 1953 Mobil Oil Pegasus coin-operated kiddy ride, part of the Ron Pratte Collection, sold for $40,250. This 1953 Mobil Oil Pegasus coin-operated kiddy ride, part of the Ron Pratte Collection, sold for $40,250.

  • With 2,000 rare automobilia pieces selling for $6.55 million, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale becomes the highest-grossing automobilia auction in history
  • Sales nearly triple world record, shattering the previous automobilia auction sales of $2.2 million
  • A 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #8997) and a 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon porcelain sign (Lot #8991) were among the top-selling automobilia

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Jan. 23, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, shattered world records with the highest-grossing automobilia auction in history during its Scottsdale auction, Jan. 10-18, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Barrett-Jackson sold 2,000 unique pieces for a record-breaking $6.55 million, toppling the previous record of $2.2 million. Top sellers included a 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot # 8997) that sold for $86,250 and a 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon porcelain sign (Lot #8991) at $80,500.

“We hit it out of the park with our automobilia auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This year was our most successful auction in our 44-year history and automobilia sales were a part of that success. It’s exciting to set a new world record for automobilia sales during one auction. I believe it not only punctuates the strength of the collector car market, but reinforces the confidence and faith that collectors have in Barrett-Jackson.”

Automotive memorabilia, also known as automobilia, ranged from neon signs and gas globes to pedal cars and oil cans during the Scottsdale auction. Neon signs shined brightest at WestWorld and proved to be the hottest automobilia item at this time. In addition to the top two neon signs sold, one of two 1950s “Chevy Boy” single-sided neon porcelain signs (Lot #9495) sold for an astonishing $69,000. A 1953 Ford Jubilee neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9492) was also purchased for $46,000.

Many of the finest pieces in the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale automobilia auction were from the Ron Pratte Collection and sold early in the week. Neon signs and large porcelains weren’t the only Pratte items wowing bidders. One of the more shocking purchases was a 1940s Husky Premium Oil quart can (Lot #7376), selling for an incredible $2,300. Additionally, the top-12 items sold throughout the entire auction were all from the Ron Pratte Collection, including the aforementioned 1930s Harley-Davidson neon sign and the 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon sign.

“It’s an amazing feeling knowing we made history last week by nearly tripling the previous world record for an automobilia auction,” said Rory Brinkman, director of automobilia for Barrett-Jackson. “Given the volume of items sold, one could have thought there might be moments of weakness, but that never occurred. The sheer quality of our automobilia outmatched the volume, and that kept the bidding competitive and the sales high.”

The top-10 automobilia pieces sold in Scottsdale included:

  • 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot # 8997) – $86,250
  • 1950s Humble Esso Aviation neon porcelain airport hangar sign (Lot #8991) – $80,500
  • 1950s Chevy Boy single-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9495) – $69,000
  • 1940s Beacon Gas single-sided porcelain sign (Lot #8931) – $47,150
  • 1953 Ford Jubilee neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9492) – $46,000
  • 1950s Dogs N Suds neon porcelain sign (Lot #8994) – $44,850
  • 1953 Mobil Pegasus Kiddy Ride (Lot #8899) – $40,250
  • 1920s Wayne Roman Column Gas Pump (Lot #8987) – $40,250
  • 1930s Sinclair Aircraft double-sided porcelain sign (Lot#8686) – $40,250
  • Bill Haley’s primary 1940 Martin D-18 guitar along with bronze statue of Haley (Lot #8998) – $40,250

“Automobilia is just as much a part of our auction as the vehicles that cross our block,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “This year we were fortunate to be trusted by our good friend and renowned collector, Ron Pratte, to offer his collection in Scottsdale. With so many rare and one-of-a-kind pieces from his collection, this auction certainly proved to be history in the making.”

Barrett-Jackson is now accepting consignments for West Palm Beach, April 17-19, 2015. http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Consignment

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home.


The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special kicked off the selection of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection on Saturday, January 17. The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special kicked off the selection of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection on Saturday, January 17.

  • The Ron Pratte Collection sold for more than $40.44 million in combined vehicle and automobilia sale
  • More than 100 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection sold on Tuesday for $13 million, the highest sales on record for an early weekday auction at Barrett-Jackson
  • The 1950 GM Futurliner (Lot# 2501) raises $4.65 million to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 22, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, announced today that total vehicle and automobilia sales from the Ron Pratte Collection surpassed $40.44 million during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Waves of car enthusiasts, along with a record number of bidders, arrived early in the week as the first four days featured the majority of Pratte’s collection. Beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 and continuing through Tuesday, Jan. 13, the entire automobilia portion of Pratte’s collection was auctioned off. Tuesday concluded with the record-setting sale of the first 110 vehicles from Pratte’s collection.

“The Ron Pratte Collection created an unprecedented wave of excitement among bidders and fans worldwide during our Scottsdale auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The week started incredibly strong with the sale of Ron Pratte’s automobilia spanning four days and ultimately leading to us not just breaking, but nearly tripling the world record for automobilia sales at $6.55 million. On Tuesday, the room was packed and the atmosphere was truly electric for the first of Ron Pratte’s vehicles crossing the block, resulting in our most successful early weekday auction in Barrett-Jackson history.”

Saturday, Jan.10, through Tuesday, Jan. 13, over 1,600 pieces of automobilia from the Ron Pratte Collection were auctioned off, leading to an unprecedented $6.55 million for the entire automobilia auction. This marks the world record for automobilia auctions, nearly tripling the previous sales record. Pratte’s top-selling piece was a 1930’s Harley-Davidson two-sided neon porcelain sign (Lot #8997) that sold for $86,250.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, more than 100 cars from the collection sold for over $13 million, the highest sales on record for an early weekday auction at Barrett-Jackson. The electrifying evening got underway immediately with a string of amazing bidding wars. The 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible from “I Love Lucy” (Lot #2004) sold for $220,000, immediately followed by the famous Beverly Hillbillies Custom Truck (Lot #2005) going for $275,000 and a 1958 Plymouth Fury “Christine” (Lot #2006) bringing in $198,000. The top sale for Pratte’s Tuesday evening, a 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010), sold just four lots later for $374,000.

“It took a monumental effort by the Barrett-Jackson team to execute this auction successfully,” said Pratte. “The logistics of photographing, removing, cataloguing, crating, transporting and then reassembling the Automobilia collection at the auction site along with my vehicles was nothing short of incredible. I am extremely satisfied by the results, and want to thank all those on the Barrett-Jackson team that helped make this happen.

“It was especially rewarding to see the crowds and the overwhelming success on Tuesday, the first day of the auction [of Pratte’s vehicles], especially after so many naysayers questioned the wisdom of this strategy. The Futurliner moment was one I will always remember, as the outpouring of support for our veterans made me extremely proud.”

Saturday’s auction featured select cars from the collection, beginning with two feature lots – the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special (Lot #2500) and the 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501).  The Bonneville Special quickly sold for $3.3 million and was followed by the $4 million purchase of the Futurliner. The Futurliner’s proceeds, in addition to $650,000 in additional pledges, went 100% to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Following the incredible start, the captivated auction arena carried the same ambiance throughout the remainder of the collection, including the one and only 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (Lot# 2509), selling for $5.1 million.

“When we look back on historic moments in automotive history, the sale of Ron Pratte’s Collection will be among the most remembered,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The sale of the Super Snake for $5.1 million is a tribute to the lasting impact Carroll had on the automotive and racing worlds. Ron was an amazing steward of these fantastic cars and painstakingly restored, serviced and maintained them over the years. The sale of the Ron Pratte Collection wasn’t as much about quantity, as it was about quality. The new owners of these cars have a wonderful opportunity to carry on that legacy.”

The top-10 selling vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection included:

  • 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (Lot #2509) – $5.1 million
  • 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501) – $4 million
  • 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car (Lot #2500) – $3.3 million
  • 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod (Lot #2515) – $671,000
  • 2005 Ford GT Serial #003 (Lot #2508) – $605,000
  • 2007 Blastolene B-702 Custom Roadster (Lot #2507) – $550,000
  • 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible “Carroll Shelby’s” (Lot #2511) – $550,000
  • 1969 Ford Mustang BOSS 429 (Lot #2518) – $550,000
  • 1949 MG TC Roadster Race Car (Lot #2510)– $539,000
  • 1941 Packard D’Agostino Custom “Gable” (Lot #2504) – $495,000

Barrett-Jackson is now accepting consignments for West Palm Beach, April 17-19, 2015 http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Consignment/Home/OpenRequest.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home.



This 1950 GM Futurliner brought in $4 million for the Armed Forces Foundation

  • Hollywood actress Sharon Stone joined Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter,” on the auction block to help sell the ’79 Hurst Oldsmobile Olds (Lot #3004), raising $140,000 for TGen
  • Ron Pratte’s 1950 GM Futurliner (Lot #2501) raised an incredible $4,650,000 with a $4 million dollar bid and an additional $650,000 in pledges
  • Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham’s 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Lot #3007) raised $500,000 to benefit Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 20, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, raised over $8.6 million for local and national charitable organizations during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Celebrities, pro athletes and business leaders, including Hollywood actress Sharon Stone, NASCAR legends Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham, and pro golfer Bubba Watson, brought their star power and celebrity to help raise millions for U.S. veterans, children, cancer patients and others across the country.

“Our Scottsdale auction brought unbelievable vehicles and celebrity star power to help raise much needed awareness and funds for charities across the country,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “I’m proud that our auction can be a platform and a voice for generous people and companies, like Ron Pratte, Ford and GM, to support organizations who strive to make our world a better place. I’m especially grateful for the generosity of our bidders this year who helped us raise $8.6 million to support deserving individuals and families.”

Sharon Stone and Barrett-Jackson chairman and CEO Craig Jackson auction off this 1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass to raise $140,000 for TGen.Hollywood actress, Sharon Stone and “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, combined their celebrity status to support The Cancer Research Fund at TGen in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson. Hammering in at $140,000, the ’79 Hurst Oldsmobile Olds is one of the last Hurst vehicles presented to Linda Vaughn for her dedication to the Hurst brand.

Among the most electrifying moments of the auction was the sale of the ’50 GM Futurliner (Lot #2501), which was donated by Ron Pratte. Set against the backdrop of a packed house with audience members waving American flags, the Futurliner sold for $4 million to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation.

“We have a deep appreciation for the service and bravery of our nation’s military,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The energy in the room when the GM Futurliner rolled on the block was infectious and tangible. We were also moved when wounded veterans joined us on the block during the auction of the Victory Cross County motorcycle benefitting Ride to Recovery. These were inspirational moments in Barrett-Jackson history that everyone in attendance, as well as those who watched on TV and online, will remember for years to come.”

Davis purchased the Victory Cross Country motorcycle for $90,000 to support Ride 2 Recovery. In an incredible show of appreciation, business leader and philanthropist Brett Torino matched Davis’ donation to bring the total donation up to $180,000. Ride 2 Recovery, which features cycling as its core activity, is produced by the Fitness Challenge, a 501(c)(3), in partnership with the Military and VA Volunteer Service Office to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our country’s wounded veterans and healing heroes.

NASCAR racing legends Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham were on the auction block when their 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Lot #3007) sold for $500,000 to benefit Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Gordon’s car won the inaugural Busch Series event at Phoenix International Raceway in 1999. The team’s Pepsi-sponsored cars ran six races with Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief.

Ford CEO Mark Fields and Aaron Shelby, Carroll Shelby’s grandson, piloted the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R,VIN #001 (Lot #3008), on the block in support of JDRF. Selling to a full auction house, the crowd favorite GT350R sold for $1 million.

Bubba Watson, pro golfer and two-time Masters champion, was on the block when his ’39 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Hardtop Roadster (Lot #3005) hammered in at $410,000. Proceeds from Watson’s donation will benefit Birdies for the Brave, which supports critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded veterans and military.

Other charity cars included:

  • 2015 Jeep Wrangler Custom SUV (Lot #3001) – $85,000
  • 2015 BMW M5 (Lot #3002) – $700,000
  • 2016 Cadillac CTS-V (Lot# 3003) – $170,000
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible “1st Retail” (Lot #3006) – $800,000

Celebrities who came to Scottsdale to participate in the excitement and energy of the auction were in no short supply. In addition to those who were on the auction block to support charity, other celebrities in attendance included:

  • Tim Allen, actor
  • CeeLo Green, pop music artist
  • Michael Anthony, former Van Halen bass player
  • Alice Cooper, rock music artist
  • Arie Luyendyk, retired race car driver
  • Frankie Muniz, actor
  • John Schneider, actor
  • Paul Teutel, Orange County Choppers co-founder
  • Doug Ducey, governor of Arizona
  • Reggie Jackson, retired American baseball legend and National Baseball Hall of Fame member
  • Shane Doane, captain of the Arizona Coyotes
  • Jacoby Ellsbury, center fielder for the New York Yankees
  • Chip Ganassi, NASCAR team owner and retired race car driver
  • Rick Hendrick, NASCAR team owner
  • Sir Sterling Moss, former Formula 1 driver
  • Don Prudhomme, NHRA racing legend
  • Bobby Rahal, IndyCar team owner and retired race car driver
  • Richard Rawlings, entrepreneur and reality TV star
  • Bill Simpson, retired race car driver
  • Steven Seagal, actor

Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham donated this 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series stock car. The donation brought in $500,000 for the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation.Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham donated this 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series stock car. The donation brought in $500,000 for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

Bubba Watson donated his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster to raise $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.

Bubba Watson donated his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster to raise $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.




It’s a wrap. The biggest auction in Barrett-Jackson history concluded today at WestWorld, reaching historic highs and resulting in some truly unforgettable moments. During the 10-day auction, Barrett-Jackson recorded more than $131 million in sales of 1,612 vehicles (unaudited) and a world-record $6.55 million in automobilia sales (unaudited), making it the highest sales result to date. The highly regarded Ron Pratte Collection alone brought in over $40.44 million in vehicle and automobilia sales.

“This year’s Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “From sales and consignments to our ratings on Discovery and Velocity, we smashed records at every level. Our week kicked off with a gala and continued to build excitement with our largest vehicle consignment in history, including the sale of the Ron Pratte Collection on Tuesday. Everyone who attended this year’s Scottsdale auction was a part of automotive history.”


A record number of bidders attended the auction for a chance to purchase from the wide range of American muscle, European classics, exotic sports cars and one-of-a-kind customs. Here are the 10 cars that finished on top in Scottsdale:

2509Above: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (Lot #2509) – $5.1 million

2501Above: 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501) – $4 million

2500Above: 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car (Lot #2500) – $3.3 million

5087Above: 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay (Lot #5087) – $1.65 million

5090Above: 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster (Lot #5090) – $1.595 million

5075Above: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (Lot #5075) – $1.1 million

5086Above: 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet (Lot #5086) – $1.045 million

2515Above: 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod (Lot #2515) – $671,000

5071Above: 1991 Ferrari F40 (Lot #5071) – $643,500

5076Above: 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet (Lot #5076) – $643,500



The auction saw a number of benchmark sales, including Italian, German and domestic marques. While record auction results are typically the domain of restored originals, one car—the Ringbrothers Pantera—proved that a fully customized car can hold top spot in terms of value. Here are overviews of record sales from the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction:

50721972 De Tomaso Pantera by Ringbrothers (Lot #5072)
As Italian supercars go, two things are true about the De Tomaso Pantera. First they are quite affordable relative to other classic Italian Supercars from the era. Top prices for restored steel bumper Panteras hover in the $80,000 to $100,000 range. The second truth about Panteras is that modified examples often sell for more than original examples. The Pantera community, as a whole, embraces upgrades. Ringbrothers, a custom car building shop owned by Mike and Jim Ring, created this one-of-a-kind custom that rocked the industry when it was unveiled in 2013.  At the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, the radical custom attracted the attention of fans and bidders alike. When the gavel dropped, the Pantera sold for a record $330,000 at No Reserve.

50421952 Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Pininfarina (Lot #5042)
Coachbuilt examples of the 1900C, the first production Alfa Romeo made after World War II, are in very short supply. Legendary coach builders such as Ghia, Zagato, Bertone, Pininfarina and others produced cars with bespoke bodywork between 1952 and 1959. Recently, a Zagato-bodied barn find, in non-running condition, sold for $1,000,000. Also at the top of the sales spectrum, a Ghia-bodied car sold a few years ago for $649,000. Conversely, standard cars with standard Touring coachwork trade for approximately $125,000 to $150,000. In the case of the Pininfarina 1900C Sprints, there is little or no public data available. While a private sale in Europe is said to have transpired at approximately $325,000 valuation the car before had some watchers holding their breath in anticipation. Would the little Alfa sell for $125,000 or $1,000,000? Sold at No Reserve, the market truly decided the value of this car. Under the bright lights of the legendary Barrett-Jackson stage, the Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Pininfarina sold for $550,000. This is a world record sale.


Above: 2005 Ford GT Serial #003 First Production Car (Lot #2508)
It’s no secret that 2005-2006 Ford GTs are appreciating. With a top speed of 205 mph and docile street manners, the Ford GT is easy to own and to collect. Typically the most valuable examples are the Heritage Edition cars with their “Gulf Racing” inspired livery. A Heritage Edition Ford GT sold here at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 for $473,000. There is one car, however, that tops them all. Ron Pratte’s Serial #003 Ford GT is the first production car sold to the public. In 2006, Pratte paid $530,000 as a charity sale in West Palm Beach. Eight years later, that purchase has proven to be a wise investment, as the same car sold here in Scottsdale, Saturday night for a record $605,000.

1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet (Lot #5086) (pictured above in top 10 sellers)
Few cars at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale captured the attention of onlookers and bidders as much as this 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet. Perhaps it’s black and deep navy-colored bodywork combined with exquisite red leather interior. Sparkling wire wheels and gleaming chrome add to the car’s panache. For every reason, the crowd loved this car, chassis #172436. It sold for a record $1,045,000 which is quite a bargain for this near concours-ready beauty. Between the 190SL record set in 2014 and cars like this sedan, Barrett-Jackson has been setting the pace for classic Mercedes Benz collectibles, as of late.



“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Ron and building his collection over the years,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Ron took great pride in the cars and automobilia. He painstakingly restored many of the vehicles, making them truly outstanding collectibles. It’s wonderful to see ownership of some amazing vehicles pass along to new collectors.”

Led by the 1950 GM Futurliner that raised $4,650,000 ($4 million bid and $650,000 in additional pledges) on Saturday evening, a total of 10 cars crossed the Scottsdale auction to raise more than $8.6 million to benefit local and national charities. The Futurliner was donated by Pratte, a Vietnam veteran, to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. The other nine charity auction cars were:


lot3001Above: 2015 Jeep Wrangler Custom SUV (Lot #3001), donated by SEMA to benefit Child Help and Victory Junction – $85,000

charity3002Above: 2015 BMW M5 (Lot #3002), donated by BMW to BMW Car Club of America Foundation
and Tire Rack Street Survival Program – $700,000

charity30032016 Cadillac CTS-V (Lot #3003), donated by GM to benefit College for Creative Studies – $170,000

3004Above: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst (Lot #3004), donated by Joe Riley for Cancer Research Fund
at TGen in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson – $140,000

3001Above: 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster (Lot #3005),
donated by Bubba Watson for Birdies for the Brave – $410,000

3006 copyAbove: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible “1st Retail” (Lot #3006), donated by GM for United Way – $800,000

jeffgordoncarAbove: 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series Stock Car (Lot #3007),
donated by Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham for Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation – $500,000

gt350frontAbove: Ford Shelby GT350R VIN #001 Coupe (Lot #3008),
donated by Ford for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – $1,000,000

3009Above: 2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball Motorcycle (Lot #3009),
anonymously donated to benefit Ride 2 Recovery – $180,000


DSC_2600The 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction was a star-studded extravaganza and included celebrities from the movie screen and TV, as well as from the sports industry and corporate world. Some of the biggest stars included four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Hollywood stars Sharon Stone and Tim Allen. Other popular luminaries included pop music artist CeeLo Green, country music artist Rodney Atkins, country music duo Thompson Square, rock music artists Alice Cooper and Michael Anthony, MLB Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and actor Steven Seagal.

Barrett-Jackson’s new relationship with Velocity and Discovery Channel premiered with a spike in ratings for the channel during auction coverage in Scottsdale. Throughout 2015, Velocity and Discovery Channel will broadcast more than 100 hours of coverage that will include auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as Reno and Las Vegas, Nev., in 2015.For the first time, the Big Three automotive manufacturers—Ford Motor Company, GM and Dodge—were together at Barrett-Jackson, showcasing their latest models and offering exciting interactive activities for auction guests.

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