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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.

BARRETT-JACKSON SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Electrifying and unforgettable


Like a lumbering giant, the 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus from the Ron Pratte Collection idled into the packed arena at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. Onlookers could truly get a sense of the vehicle’s massive size. Pratte, a Vietnam veteran, is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Futurliner to the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) in support of service members, veterans and their families. As the huge crowd enthusiastically waved American flags and cheered, a U.S. Marine Corps color guard took center stage, joined by veterans and active-duty military, and flanked by the ultra-rare transporter. The auctioneers got the ball rolling. As the price rose, so did the roar of the crowd—culminating in the hammer going down on the winning bid of $4 million. The collector car hobby is full of generous, patriotic enthusiasts. Another dozen or so generous individuals donated an additional $650,000, bringing the grand total to $4.65 million, all for AFF.

2501Lot #2501 – 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus – $4,000,000

Just days after what would have been Carroll Shelby’s 92nd birthday, his personal 427 Cobra Super Snake returned to the auction block for the first time since 2007. After presiding in the Ron Pratte Collection, it’s clear that the Super Snake was in pristine condition with sparkling paint and a high state of tune. Hundreds of thousands had visited the car at its impressive display at WestWorld during the prior week, almost as if paying homage to a king. Enthusiasts reveled in what is the most valuable 427 Cobra roadster in existence. Between the car itself and the Barrett-Jackson display, it was clear that Ron Pratte and Barrett-Jackson covered all of the bases in anticipation of the Super Snake sale. When the time finally came for bidding to begin, only one thing was missing: Carroll Shelby himself. A friend to Ron Pratte, Craig Jackson, Steve Davis and so many in the collector car world, Carroll Shelby touched many lives. His spirit lives on in his legend as well as his cars. His soul has, in part, transferred to the metal, fabric and rubber that comprise the Super Snake. As the legendary Cobra changes hands, the new owner is but a custodian of a great car and a significant piece of Carroll Shelby history. Congratulations to the new owner. Shortly after the bidding closed without meeting reserve, a deal was struck for a sale price of $5.1115  million.

2509Lot #2509 – 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” – $5,115,000

gt350Ford is knocking it out of the park with the Ford Shelby GT350R Coupe. The exciting new car was donated for a great cause with all proceeds benefitting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The striking GT350R was driven onstage by none other than Mark Fields, CEO of Ford Motor Company, and accompanied by representatives of JDRF, who got the bidding rising quickly, resulting in a whopping $1 million raised for the cause, with another generous donation of $100,000 tacked on after the hammer went down.

gt350frontLot #3008 – Ford Shelby GT350R Couple – $1,000,000

The morning saw some incredible pieces of automobilia from the Ron Pratte Collection go up for auction, with the hottest item being a 1950s Chevrolet “Chevy Boy” single-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9495), which went for $69,000. A unique Carroll Shelby Signature stainless steel neon sign (Lot #9490) was among the top sellers, fetching $37,950. An unusual item to rank in the top 10 of Saturday’s automobilia was a superb 1958 17-foot ChrisCraft wooden speedboat bar (Lot #9476), which a lucky bidder walked away with for $34,500. Ron Pratte’s pedal car collection was second to none; a 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer concept car design studio model pedal car (Lot #9471) sold for $33,925.

Among the record crowds at today’s auction were celebrities that included actress Sharon Stone; comedian Tim Allen; racing legends Jeff Gordon, Arie Luyendyk and Rusty Wallace; former MLB players Reggie Jackson, Pat Burrell and Paul Konerko; and Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker. Visitors not only enjoyed the acres and acres of car displays, sponsor exhibits, and the giant vendor marketplace, but were entertained to a true taste of the Southwest by a country music band and the second round of the exciting 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Bull-Riding Challenge.


Here are the remaining Top 10 sellers of the day:

2500Lot #2500 – 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car – $3,300,000

5087Lot #5087 – 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe – $1,650,000

5090Lot #5090 – 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster – $1,595,000

5075Lot #5075 – 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe – $1,100,000

5086Lot #5086 – 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet – $1,045,000

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

5071Lot #5071 – 1991 Ferrari F40 – $643,500

5076Lot #5076 – 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet – $643,500

2508Lot #2508 – 2005 Ford GT Coupe – $605,000

HONORING THEIR FATHERS AT BARRETT-JACKSON: Designers Boyd Coddington and Gil Ayala remembered

An early promotional photo of Boyd Coddington and his Chezoom.

As a multitude of cars cross the block at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, you’ll notice one name mentioned by the auctioneers frequently: Boyd Coddington. In the world of hot rodding, the late Coddington was somewhat of a god. Known for his clean, elegant designs that became known as the “Boyd Look,” Boyd moved to California in 1968, building hot rods by day and working as a machinist at Disneyland during the night. He opened his own shop, Hot Rods by Boyd, in 1978, producing such iconic customs as Cadzilla and Chezoom. His already solid reputation escalated further with the success of the TLC/Discovery Channel show “American Hot Rod,” which debuted in 2004.

There are a dozen or so Coddington-built cars on the docket in Scottsdale, three of which will be auctioned today, one after the other, from the storied Ron Pratte Collection. Pratte was a great admirer of Boyd’s work. You’ll see the 1929 Ford “Alumatub” Hot Rod (Lot #2516), which was built on the “American Hot Rod” show, the 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod (Lot #2515) and the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air “Chezoom” Custom (Lot #2514)—arguably the most recognized and famous ’57 Chevy in the world and one of Boyd’s most famous creations.

Chezoom, in fact, is quite special to Boyd’s son, Boyd Coddington Jr., who is at the Scottsdale auction today to watch his father’s cars cross the block. “That car was the beginning of the hot rod shop,” he remembers. “That time, that place, the whole electric atmosphere that surrounded that car from concept all the way through to completed product is one of my best memories of Hot Rods by Boyd ever. It’s my favorite car for sure.”


Boyd Coddington Jr. by his father’s Chezoom at Barrett-Jackson this morning: “It’s my favorite car for sure.”

Boyd Jr. and his two brothers are carrying on their father’s legacy through businesses that deal in car care products, wheels and “other venues,” as Boyd Jr. puts it. Although it’s not his main line of business, he says he is doing some design work now, a “one-off deal,” but nowhere near the 15 to 20 cars a year like his dad used to do. He’s actually working on a concept car called the “Euro-Coupe,” which was on his dad’s drawing board when he passed away. “I’m going to build that car as a tribute to my dad,” he says. Boyd Jr. He also hopes one day to establish a “Coddington Registry,” similar to the Shelby Registry, to keep track of all of his father’s exceptional vehicles.

Gil Ayala was another great car builder out of California, a few decades before Boyd Coddington made his mark. Like Boyd Coddington Jr., Lynn Ayala, Gil’s youngest daughter, is here to celebrate her father’s legacy. Brothers Gil and Al Ayala were among the original custom car builders in the United States, along with their biggest rivals, George and Sam Barris. Gil started working on custom cars and hot rods when he was 17, back in the late 1940s. The Ayala brothers are both members of the Hot Rod Hall of Fame, their creations were often featured on the covers of top automotive magazines and Gil won the Grand National Roadster Show in 1951.

Although none of the Ayala creations are on the Scottsdale docket this year, Lynn made the trip to Barrett-Jackson this week to gather information and interviews as part of a docu-series she is producing about her father and the custom car world. “I was the son my dad never had,” she says. “I loved the race track and loved cars—I still do.” Lynn would go everywhere with her father, including hanging out at his shop. “He was one of a handful of a very few people, at least on the West coast, who began the whole art of customizing cars,” she says. “He started chopping Mercs. My dad would come up with a design; he was super-creative. And then together, he and my uncle would build the car and paint it.”


Lynn Ayala by a 1950 Mercury Custom Coupe at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.

Lynn came to Barrett-Jackson to film some cars similar to what her father used to create, and was thrilled to discover some with obvious Ayala influence, like a 1950 Mercury Custom Coupe (Lot #1103), which crossed the Barrett-Jackson block on Friday to the tune of $106,700. Her visit is all part of a quest to find her dad’s cars and have current builders restore them. “Every car has a story,” she says. “I’ve located a few of them, but there’s mystery around a couple.”

As the wonderful spectacle unfolds at Barrett-Jackson and these great cars continue to cross the block, you’ve got to wonder how great designers like Boyd Coddington and Gil Ayala would feel, seeing their creations auctioned off and going to new homes. Lynn laughs when asked what her father would think of the cars here at Barrett-Jackson this week. “I would probably have to go looking for him, because he’d be underneath a car looking at stuff,” she says. “But I think he would have a great time. He would love it, and he would love that I am doing this.”

“My dad would be extremely pleased,” says Boyd Jr. “He’s watching, you know. I think he’d be sad that Ron is giving up the collection, as he obviously had more Boyd cars than anybody out there and I know they were good friends. But he’d be really pleased at how they are doing. Anybody who owns a Boyd-built car, they’re part of the Coddington family now.”


If you’ve been to Barrett-Jackson before, you’ll know that the final Saturday is always a blockbuster experience. But this year, Saturday at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction has so many extraordinary vehicles crossing the block that no single press release or eBlast can contain the news. Everywhere you look, historically significant and groundbreaking cars abound. While there are literally hundreds of tales to tell and every car is special, here are 25 storylines to keep in mind as the vehicles cross the block Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

ONE: Two of the most important Thunderbirds in the world are here: The first production Thunderbird and what is arguably the most rare performance-equipped bird of them all.

1957 Ford ThunderbirdLot #2523 (Above) – 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible “Serial #005.” Produced at the Michigan factory on September 9, 1954, this car has been verified by Ford officials as the first production Thunderbird. It has captured the attention of writers, collectors and car buffs throughout the world.


1957 Ford Thunderbird Phase One D/F SuperchargedLot #5104 (Above) – 1957 Ford Thunderbird Phase One D/F Supercharged. This is one of 15 hand-built for Ford Competition at Ford Headquarters, and one of only eight known to survive today. The “Phase One” cars are considered to be even more rare than the coveted 1957 “F” Factory Supercharged Thunderbirds.


TWO: The incredibly rare and significant Futurliner will be auctioned for charity.

GM FuturlinerOne of 12 built, the 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501, above) is a bona fide piece of American history. The GM design staff, under Harley Earl’s direction, created this self-contained display and transport vehicle. Its sale is made even more special by the generosity of Ron Pratte: 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction of this amazing vehicle will go to the Armed Forces Foundation.


THREE: One of the greatest concept cars in American history, the Bonneville Special, will cross the block.

Pontiac Bonneville SpecialLong before the Internet and mass media, the GM Motorama traveled from city to city to spread the word about the latest General Motors innovation: the jet-themed 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car (Lot #2500, above). At the time, no GM car had ever carried the Bonneville name. This is one of only two ever made, and is certainly a contender for the best-remembered Motorama car.


FOUR: Not one, but three L88 Corvettes will be under one roof and for sale at the same time. 

Sunray DX L88 CorvetteLot #5035 (above) – 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible L88 Race Car. Built and raced by Don Yenko with co-drivers Peter Revson and Pedro Rodriguez, this special car has received the coveted NCRS American Heritage Award representing Corvette legacy. It’s a blue-chip collectible that can be vintage-raced.

James Garner AIR L88 CorvetteLot #5048 (above) – 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible L88 Race Car. The 22nd factory-production L88 ever built, the second built in the 1968 model year, and one of the first-ever L88s with “cabin heaters.” A Pole Winner, GT class, in the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours, it was campaigned by AIR, with late actor James Garner as its team principal.

L88 CorvetteLot #5049 (above) – 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88. This very rare L88 street car is one of 116 and had a body-off restoration by Nabor Bros. of Houston, Texas, and was then Bloomington Certified in 1990.


FIVE: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is one of only two places in the world where you can get a glimpse of the new Shelby GT350R.

Shelby GT350RLot #3008 (Above) Fresh from the model’s unveiling at the Detroit International Auto Show, bidders will vie for VIN #001 of the new Ford Shelby GT350R Coupe, with all proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. You could view the GT350R in Detroit. You can own it here at Barrett-Jackson.


SIX: One of only three Franay-bodied short wheelbase Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sports will be crossing the auction block.

Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport FranayThis 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe Franay (Lot #5087, above) is also one of only eight built on the same short chassis used on their Grand Prix cars. It’s a one-off design and is the only T-26 Franay to be fitted with a sunroof. The fitted luggage is an exquisite feature from a bygone era.


SEVEN: The Ferrari F40 owned by Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, and built by Gas Monkey Garage is sure to generate some excitement.

1991 Ferrari F40 Gas Monkey GarageThis 1991 Ferrari F40 (Lot #5071, above) was built and upgraded by the “Fast ’N Loud” crew as well as Ferrari experts, and great attention was taken to make the chassis equal or better than a stock F40, and the HRE wheels are one-of-a-kind forgings. It’s a Hot Rod.


EIGHT: In very short supply worldwide, Barrett-Jackson offers a rare opportunity to own a 2014 BMW I8 Hybrid.

BMW I8Bidders will have an opportunity to own one of the most sought-after and hard-to-get cars of 2014, the BMW I8 Supercar (Lot #1315, above). Only a few hundred were built for the U.S. market; this is one of less than 500 built.


NINE: Three Ford GTs, including an ultra-rare Heritage Edition and Serial #003, the lowest-production number 2005 vehicle, will cross the block. These cars continue to appreciate with no end in sight. They are also great cars to drive and own.

Ford GT Heritage EditionLot #5072.1 (Above) – 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, one of only 343 in the Heritage/Gulf paint scheme.

Ford GT Serial 003 Lot #2508, Above – 2005 Ford GT Serial #003, the lowest production number offered to the public and the ultimate American sports car.

Ford GT with stripe deleteLot #5066, Above – a 2005 Ford GT with a rare stripe delete and showing less than 3,500 miles on the odometer.


TEN: Two stars of the silver screen will have starring roles on the block.

5058This 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Custom “Fireball 500” (Lot #5058, above) is the only one in existence. It was built by Kustom King George Harris, also known for the Batmobile, and was the “car star” of the 1966 movie “Fireball 500” starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Fabian. The sale comes with photographs signed by George Barris as well as the stars of the film.

1955 Chevy Two Lane BlacktopThis 1955 Chevrolet Custom “Two-Lane Blacktop” (Lot #7003, above) is the original movie car driven by James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson in the 1971 cult classic road movie “Two-Lane Blacktop.” The car’s original builder, Richard Ruth, will be on hand to celebrate the iconic car’s sale.


ELEVEN: The first-ever Corvette race car is sure to generate some excitement.

First Corvette Race CarThis 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Race Car (Lot #5054, above) is the oldest-known Corvette race car, a Daytona Beach “NASCAR Unit” created by Chevrolet Engineering for Bill France, to be run in the 1956 Daytona Speed Week.


TWELVE: The legendary 1968 Lotus turbine-powered Indy race car will roar onto the block.

Lotus Jet Turbine Powered Indy Race CarA marvel of automotive engineering, this iconic STP-sponsored #70 Lotus 56-3 Indy Race Car from 1968 (Lot #5069, above) houses one of the first turbine engines ever used in an Indy car. Racing legend Graham Hill found himself behind the wheel of this beast in 1968 after winning the Indy 500 in 1966, and he set a new track record with it: an average speed of 171.208 mph over four laps in qualifying.


THIRTEEN: A custom De Tomaso Pantera built by the Ringbrothers is likely to fetch the highest sale price for the Italian-built make and model. Of particular interest is that the car is a full-on custom, not a restored original.

Ringbrothers PanteraThis 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Custom (Lot #5072, above) combines Italian styling with American horsepower in a package full of modern features, including an LS3 pumping out a healthy 600hp through a ZF 5-speed gearbox. Cars like this Pantera epitomize modern day coach-building.


FOURTEEN: The president of Duesenberg’s personal company car will cross the block and it has a supercharger.

DuesenbergThis was Lucius B. Manning’s company car, one of the perks of being Duesenberg president. This grand 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Lot #5078, above) was designed from the outset to be the world’s finest car, and debuted at the New York Auto Salon on December 1, 1928, where its launch dominated newspaper headlines and halted trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.


FIFTEEN: A car built for a U.S. president will motor across the block.

Hoover CadillacThis 1929 Cadillac Fleetwood Transformable Town Cabriolet (Lot #5080, above) was a special build overseen for the president of Cadillac Motor Cars, Lawrence P. Fisher, who presented it to U.S. President Herbert Hoover and his wife as a gift.


SIXTEEN: A car valued for its ownership and unusual customization will be up for auction.

Howard Hughes Buick RoadmasterHoward Hughes’ historic 1953 Buick Roadmaster (Lot #2503, above) has only 5,339 original miles and was found in Hollywood, California, stored on blocks.  It was customized to accommodate Mr. Hughes’ idiosyncrasies, including a complex germ filtration system. One of the richest men in history, Billionaire Howard Hughes drove a Buick.


SEVENTEEN: The first car Carroll Shelby ever raced.

MG TC Carrol ShelbyThis 1949 MG TC Roadster (Lot #2510, above) is an incredibly significant automobile. Carroll Shelby’s entire automotive and racing career started right here behind the steering wheel of this car. Having never driven in an automobile race before, Carroll Shelby hopped into this little MG and crossed the finish line first using sheer will, beating much faster cars.


EIGHTEEN: As if traveling forward through time, ultra-low-mile classic cars are in high demand.

1989 Ferrari TestarossaA selection of ultra-low-mile collector cars will cross the block today, including a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa (Lot #5092, above) with only 280 miles and a 1969 Corvette L89 (Lot #5050) with only 352 miles. Because the Corvette has never been titled, the high bidder will technically be the original owner.


NINETEEN.:“America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod” 2014 winner will motor across the block.

1936 Dodge CustomA 1936 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan (Lot #5006, above), this is The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association’s 2014 “Americas Most Beautiful Street Rod” winner. The seemingly flawless beauty is powered by a late-model HEMI and has a show quality paint job.


TWENTY: At least five ultra-low production, late-model Shelby automobiles will be up for auction.

Shelby GT500 KR with glass roofComing out of the Pratte Collection, the offering includes Serial #000 GT500 KR (Lot #2526, above), the only 2008 example equipped with a glass roof, and a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, Serial #001 (Lot #2527), with a supercharged 5.8L DOHC V8 making an extraordinary 882 horsepower.


TWENTY-ONE.:A one-of-a kind offering will be up for auction: Bunkie Knudsen’s personal Corvette Styling Car.

Bunkie Knudson CorvetteAs general manager for Chevrolet, Bunkie Knudson had the clout to order a one-of-a-kind show car for his own personal use.  This flashy 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Styling Car (Lot #5051.1, above) was penned by design legend Larry Shinoda, who later worked for Ford. Valuable features include fuel injection and many one-off design cues, including the steering wheel.


TWENTY-TWO: One jet-turbine powered car is not enough for the Barrett-Jackson docket.

1978 Corvette Jet Turbine CarThe second turbine car, a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Jet Turbine-Powered Custom (Lot #5070, above) is one you can drive on the street. It does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. The engine revs to 37,500 rpm. Make sure you’re cleared for take-off before dropping the hammer on this baby. The consignors have been rolling the car outside of the main tent and lighting off the turbine just for fun.


TWENTY-THREE: The tradition of starting the Salon Collection Sale with a 300 SL Gullwing continues.

300SL GullwingEach year, Barrett-Jackson kicks off the Salon Collection sale with a Gullwing. This year, we have a beautiful matching numbers example, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (Lot #5075, above), which spent a significant portion of its life in Central America. It features rare Rudge wheels and fitted luggage.


TWENTY-FOUR: Two cars from the Pininfarina Museum will cross the block.

Pininfarina XThe first Pininfarina automobile is an extremely rare 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint (Lot #5042) with Pininfarina coachwork. The second is a design study spearheaded by Batista “Pinin” Farina himself. The unusual 1960 Pininfarina “X” car (Lot #5043) has four wheels, but they are arranged in an unusual diamond layout with one wheel at the front, another at the rear and wheels at either side. The X is a running and driving car that you can enjoy with your friends. It is truly a one of a kind collectible.


TWENTY-FIVE: Carroll Shelby’s personal, one and only Super Snake 427 Cobra will rock the house.

Cobra Super SnakeThe only one of its kind, Carroll Shelby built this over-the-top 1966 427 Cobra (Lot #2509, above) to blow off steam and generate attention for the Shelby brand. With two superchargers and 800hp, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the ultimate 427 Cobra roadster. Owned and driven by Carroll Shelby himself.


3001Both the ambient temperature and the sale prices rose at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale on this sunny Friday. Fans flooded in throughout the day to be a part of the bidding action, view all the great cars, do some celebrity spotting or just soak up the entire electric atmosphere of this premiere lifestyle event.

Well-known personalities outside of the auction arena today included racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, who was on hand to sign autographs by the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake (Lot #2524) he and Carroll Shelby developed as the ultimate street-legal dragster. The concept car, part of the Ron Pratte Collection, will cross the block Saturday.

signingDon “The Snake” Prudhomme signs autographs in the middle of the Ron Pratte Collection.

There was quite a stir this afternoon when golfer Bubba Watson brought his 1969 Dodge Charger “Lee 1” from the hit TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard” to the exit lanes outside the auction arena. Back in November, one of the show’s stars, Tom Wopat, autographed the dashboard at the “Sound of Speed” event in Phoenix, and today Wopat’s co-star John Schneider, stopped by to add his autograph to the dash—and to lead onlookers in a rousing rendition of “The Dukes of Hazzard” theme song.

generalActor John Schneider and golfer Bubba Watson pose by the General Lee, “Lee 1.”

Fresh from her “guest auctioneering” stint yesterday, actress Sharon Stone was on hand once again today, as was actor Frankie Muniz. NASCAR champ Rusty Wallace was in attendance, and rocker Alice Cooper, a longtime friend of Barrett-Jackson, came up to the podium to encourage bidding on several cars. Taking his turn on the stage was multi-Grammy award-winner singer-songwriter CeeLo Green, who drove his 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster Custom Re-creation onto the block and watched with a smile as it fetched $121,000.

ceeloCeeLo Green in his 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster Custom Re-creation (Lot #1015),
which sold for $121,000.

Three cars crossed the block for a cause today, with some pretty impressive results. Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson had parked his General Lee car and reappeared with his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Hardtop Roadster, which he auctioned off to the tune of $410,000, 100 percent of which was donated to PGA Tour Charities for the benefit of “Birdies for the Brave,” a national military outreach initiative.

3001Lot #3005 – 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Hardtop Roadster – $410,000

The next charity car up for auction was a stunning 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, donated by General Motors to benefit the United Way. Bidding escalated quickly, with the bidders knowing they would literally be driving home in the actual first new retail production of this beautiful Supercar. It became a bit of a bidding battle, but in the end Rick Hendrick was the winner with a bid of $800,000.

3006 copyLot #3006 – 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible “1st Retail” – $800,000

The final car to cross the block for charity was the 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series stock car, restored to its former glory by NASCAR greats Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham—a process that has been documented by Velocity from the very beginning to this moment, as it arrived on the Barrett-Jackson block. With Jeff Gordon sweetening the pot by adding an autographed helmet and firesuit, the bidding topped out at $500,000, all of which went to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

jeffgordoncarLot #3007 – 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series Stock Car – $500,000

As if the excitement in the auction arena wasn’t enough, right next door in the Equidome was the first day of the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Bull-Riding Challenge, with professional bull riders competing against each other in a thrilling event that will continue tomorrow evening.


Here are today’s Top 10 cars:

BJAZ_1086Lot #1086 – 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Wagon – $275,000

2.1120 copyLot #1120 – 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible – $242,000

3.1053 copyLot #1053 – 1957 Ford Thunderbird “E” Convertible – $220,000

4.1087 copyLot #1087 – 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible – $220,000

5.1067 copyLot #1067 – 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible – $209,000

6.1060 copyLot #1060 – 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – $198,000

7.1017 copyLot #1017 – 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible – $192,500

8.1088 copyLot #1088 – 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – $183,700

9.1043 copyLot #1043 – 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda Convertible – $181,500

10.1055 copyLot #1055 – 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 – $176,000



First-timers to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale are undoubtedly a bit floored. Sprawled across some 30 acres are more than 80 high-tech sponsor exhibits, an incredible variety of goods and services for sale at the 240-plus booths in the vendor marketplace, dozens of food and beverage options, exclusive merchandise displays, the exciting Ford/GM Ride ’N Drives and Dodge Thrill Rides—and of course the more than 1,600 extraordinary cars on display in the many, many tents erected at WestWorld of Scottsdale just for this occasion.

celebThree legends from the racing world share a lighthearted moment:
Rick Hendrick, Bobby Rahal and Jeff Gordon.

Tens of thousands more streamed through the gates today, including celebrities such as actor Frankie Muniz, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, and legendary racing safety gear inventor Bill Simpson. Among the more exciting moments today were three cars rolling across the block for a total of $1.01 million going to three worthy charities.

First of the cars to cross the block was a special 30th “Jahre” (Year) Anniversary Edition 2015 BMW M5 (Lot #3002), one of only 30 imported to the U.S. market and one of 300 produced worldwide. The sleek car was brought to the block by the BMW Car Club of America to benefit their Foundation and the “Street Survival” safe driving program for teen drivers. Legendary Indy driver Bobby Rahal came to the podium to help cheer on the heated bidding, which resulted in the always-generous Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame coming up with the winning bid of $700,000—100 percent of which goes to the Foundation.

charity3002Lot #3002 – 2015 BMW M5 – $700,000

Up for auction to benefit Detroit’s College for Creative Studies was the 6.2-liter, 640hp 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, VIN 001 (Lot #3003), donated by General Motors. Featuring unbelievable power for a luxury sedan, the 6.2-liter, 640hp car has a top speed of 200mph and is capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds. The winning bidder took home this beauty for $170,000.

charity3003Lot #3003 – 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, VIN 001 – $170,000

The third and final charity car for the evening was one familiar to Barrett-Jackson fans: a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe (Lot #3004). Once owned by Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn, this vehicle was first purchased by the Jackson Family Foundation at the 2013 Palm Beach Auction. The Foundation then donated it to the 2014 Scottsdale Auction to benefit the TGen Cancer Research Fund in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson. The car was subsequently purchased and donated back to TGen two subsequent times before this evening’s appearance. The car rolled up onto the block driven by actress Sharon Stone, with Linda Vaughn as her passenger. With Miss Stone serving as guest auctioneer, the car was auctioned once again for the cause, going for $140,000—and the winning bidder followed tradition by immediately donating it back to TGen for a future auction.

charity3004Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson with actress Sharon Stone, who served as Guest Auctioneer to Lot #3004, a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe, which brought in $140,ooo for the TGen Cancer Research Fund in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.

Apart from the cars crossing the block for a cause, there were some pretty remarkable offerings today. Older Ford custom pickups proved popular, with three ending up in the Top 10, along with a Jaguar, a roadster and a good showing of muscle cars. Here are the Top 10 vehicles for Thursday:

1.826Lot #826 – 1956 Ford F-100 Custom Pickup – $242,000

2.854Lot #854 – 1933 Ford Custom Roadster – $198,000

3.811Lot #811 – 1956 Ford F-100 Custom Pickup – $161,700

4.673Lot #673 – 1973 Jaguar XKE 2+2 Coupe – $135,300

5.820Lot #820 – 1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback – $112,200

6.804Lot #804 – 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – $110,000

7.823Lot #823 – 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible – $110,000

8.833Lot #833 – 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge – $110,000

9.849Lot #849 – 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible – $110,000

10.803Lot #803 – 1930 Ford Model A Custom Pickup – $107,800

Friday promises to be another banner day at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, featuring not only another select group of spectacular vehicles crossing the block, but also the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Bull Riding Challenge, with competitions at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. each day at the WestWorld Equidome. Admission is free with general admission.


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