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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.



You would have never guessed it was a Wednesday if you were walking around Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale today. The party atmosphere, the crowds, and the excitement on the auction block made it feel more like a Friday. The collect car hobby is truly thriving. Where else can you see a beautifully restored Jaguar, a classic sightseeing bus and a sleek Street-Rod crossing the same auction block? You can always count on diversity at Barrett-Jackson, and today was no exception.

Today saw the first of 10 charity cars cross the block. For the sixth year running, SEMA Cares put forward a vehicle to benefit Childhelp and Victory Junction, two great charities whose goal is solely to help children. To great applause, the fully loaded 2015 Jeep Wrangler Custom SUV (Lot #3001) sold for $85,000—100 percent of which will go directly to the charities, as Barrett-Jackson waives all fees.

lot3001Lot #3001 – 2015 Jeep Wrangler Custom SUV – $85,000

Big hits today were two Gas Monkey Garage vehicles from the popular Discovery Channel show “Fast ’N Loud.” With stars Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins looking on, a 1966 Volkswagen Van Custom Shorty Bus (Lot 384.1) fetched $38,500, while their 1969 Ford F-100 pickup (Lot 450.1) went for $42,900.

lot384.1Lot #384.1 – 1966 Volkswagen Van Custom Shorty Bus – $38,500

Whether re-creations or Resto-Mods, Mopars with non-original HEMI engines continue to be strong performers. Resplendent in its Plum Crazy Purple paint, a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda HEMI re-creation (Lot #541) was a perfect example of this, rolling across the block for $71,500. Another attention-grabber in this category was a 1968 Dodge Charger 6.1-liter HEMI Custom (Lot #511), which sold for $77,000.

lot541Lot #541 – 1971 Plymouth Barracuda HEMI Re-creation – $71,500

It was all about the blue with another crowd-pleaser—a Marina Blue 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 with matching blue interior (Lot #462). This rare, highly optioned car with its F40 suspension and Strato bucket seats went for $66,000.

lot462Lot #462 – 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 – $66,000

Exuding style and ’50s Americana, three full-size Mopar convertibles crossed the block today. A 1960 Plymouth Fury convertible (Lot #544) with a 413ci/375hp Sonoramic Commando Power Package and a 1955 DeSoto Fireflite convertible (Lot #545) with an early HEMI were part of a trio that included one of our top sellers of the day, the 1957 DeSoto Fireflite (Lot #483).

lot544Lot #544 – 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible – $53,900

Here are the cars that topped our list today:

lot7000Lot #7000 – 1964 Jaguar XKE Roadster – $181,500

lot466Lot #466 – 1936 Ford Custom Convertible – $104,500

lot505Lot #505 – 1935 White Custom Bus – $90,200

lot481Lot #481 – 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup – $89,100

lot483Lot #483 – 1957 DeSoto Fireflite – $82,500

lot513Lot #513 – 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – $82,500



  • More than 100 cars from the Ron Pratte Collection sold on Tuesday for more than $13 million, including a 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010) that sold for $374,000
  • More than 1,600 pieces of automobilia from the Pratte Collection were sold for more than $4.9 million, including the top seller, a 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain sign for $86,250
  • Additional cars from the Ron Pratte Collection, including the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake and the Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car, will cross the block on Saturday, Jan. 17

BJAZ_2010Top seller from Tuesday’s sale of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection was this 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup
(Lot #2010), which sold for $374,000.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 13, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today that sales during Tuesday’s Ron Pratte Collection auction soared, reaching more than $13 million, which included 110 vehicles and more than 1,600 pieces of automobilia pieces. Top vehicle sales included the 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010), which sold for $374,000, and the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Coupe (Lot #2015) that sold for $330,000. Additional cars from the Collection, including the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, will cross the block on Saturday.

“The Ron Pratte Collection is known as one of the broadest and most eclectic collections in the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our debut broadcast on Discovery, featuring Tuesday’s Pratte Collection, brought astounding numbers. The hammer prices of both the Pratte automobilia and vehicles underscore the vibrancy of today’s collector car market.”

Tuesday’s top selling vehicles and crowd favorites from the Ron Pratte Collection included:

  • 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010) for $374,000
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Coupe (Lot #2015) for $330,000
  • 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko 427 (Lot #2016) for $275,000
  • Beverly Hillbillies Custom Truck (Lot #2005) for $275,000
  • 1932 Ford Custom Show Roadster (Lot #2038) for $269,50

Automobilia pieces from the Collection were also in high demand during Tuesday’s auction. Those that hammered in at the highest prices included a 1930’s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain sign (Lot #8997) for $86,250, a 1950’s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon porcelain sign (Lot #8991) for $80,500 and a Beacon Security Gasoline porcelain sign (Lot #8931) for $47,150.

“Ron’s love for cars began when he owned a gas station many years ago and owning a collection of this magnitude was a lifelong dream come true,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Mr. Pratte had the majority of his collection completely restored, making these cars the finest example of their marque and model. With the sale of his collection, Ron is giving the next generation of collectors the chance to own some truly amazing automobile history.”

Some of the most anticipated cars from the Ron Pratte Collection, including the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, the Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car and the Howard Hughes Buick Roadmaster, will cross the block on Saturday, Jan. 17.

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

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About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.


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Some 32,000 people poured into Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale today, anxious to witness the first cars of the highly anticipated Ron Pratte Collection cross the block.


The morning was busy with the auction of about 190 prime pieces of Ron Pratte Automobilia, which in itself is setting records. Big seller of the day was a 1930s Harley-Davidson Bar and Shield double-sided neon porcelain dealership sign that sold for an incredible $86,250, with a close second coming from a 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products restored single-sided porcelain airport hangar sign, which brought in an impressive $80,500. Another popular item, a 1950s Mobil Oil Pegasus coin-operated children’s ride, fetched $40,250.

DSC_1713Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, greets Ron Pratte
minutes before the auction of his Collection.

As the time grew near for the Pratte Collection to begin and the Discovery/Velocity cameras to start rolling, debuting a new television partnership between Barrett-Jackson and the network, the excitement in the auction arena was palpable. With Pratte looking on with interest from the front row of bidders, the vehicles he had so carefully assembled over the years began to motor across the block.

Big highlights early on were three cars straight out of Hollywood and great favorites of the crowd. The 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible from the iconic TV show “I Love Lucy” sold for $220,000, the Beverly Hillbillies Custom Truck went for $275,000, and the striking red 1958 Plymouth Fury that starred in the movie “Christine” fetched $198,000.

2006Lot #2006 – 1956 Plymouth Fury “Christine” – $198,000

2004Lot #2004 – 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible “I Love Lucy” – $220,000

Another big moment came today when racing legend Arie Luyendyk drove his former 1991 Lola Racecar onto the block and watched as it sold for $123,200. This marked the second time Luyendyk drove his car across the block; the first was back in 2005, when Ron Pratte was the winning bidder.


All told, 188 cars crossed the block today—110 of them belonging to the Pratte Collection—bringing in an incredible $16.2 million. Here were the top five sellers of the day:

1lot2010Lot #2010 – 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup – $374,000

2lot2015Lot #2015 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 427 – $330,000

4lot2005Lot #2005 – Beverly Hillbillies Custom Truck – $275,000

3lot2016Lot #2016 – 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko 427 – $275,000

5lot2038Lot #2038 – 1932 Ford Custom Show Roadster – $269,500

In a perfect ending to a perfect auction day, husband-and-wife country music stars Thompson Square took to the stage in the Equidome as part of the Barrett-Jackson Country Music Concert Series.

concernttuesdayCountry music stars Thompson Square performed on the Barrett-Jackson stage Tuesday night.



Many people who visit Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale or watch it on live television are familiar with the activity in the main auction arena and massive marquees full of incredible cars. Outside the main arena there are even more surprises. Follow the sounds of thunderous V8s and squealing tires to one of many features that separates Barrett-Jackson from any other auction: the Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides. This year, for the first time ever, all Big Three automakers—Ford, General Motors and Chrysler—have come to Barrett-Jackson to collectively create quite a memorable experience.

ridendrive3Vying for the most attention in the Ford area are the 2014 Mustang, the 2015 Mustang and the fully loaded Ford F-150 Platinum. The Mustang has been growing strong for some 50 years now and just seems to keep getting better, with the 2015 model boasting an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost that brings state-of-the-art technology to the car. A reworked automatic transmission on the new model features steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control. The sleek F-150 Platinum may indeed be a pickup, but feels and drives more like a luxury sedan, with a spacious leather interior, heated/cooled seats, fold-down running boards and more.

Over in the General Motors area, slip into the passenger seat of a sleek new Corvette C7 and let a professional driver from the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving do the work. You’ll be taken on a breathtaking spin through a maze of cones that will make you realize why this is such a sought-after car. This seventh-generation Corvette is pretty special, not only for its all-new LT1 6.2-liter small block V8 engine that develops 455 horsepower and 460 ft/lbs of torque, but also because it is the first to bear the Corvette Stingray name since the 1976 third-generation version. Best thing about this ride? Your whole experience is captured on a GoPro, and as you leave, you can stop at the onsite computers and share the resulting video via email or social media. Check out our intern’s wild ride in the rain this morning:


ridendrive2Head on down to the Dodge area for two separate experiences that feature the hottest Dodge cars on the market today. Not to be missed is a heart-pounding ride with a professional driver in the TA 2.0 model of the new fifth-generation Dodge Viper. This amazing car, with a V10 engine kicking out 645 horsepower and 600 ft/lbs of torque, is completely hand-built, hand-assembled and hand-painted in Detroit—no robots involved. Only about 1,000 of these exclusive cars are made each year. Just next to the Viper course is a mini “drag strip,” where you can blast off down the straightaway in a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. With a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8, this beast makes 707 horsepower and 650 ft/lbs of torque—the most power of any factory-built muscle car out there. It’s an experience you’ll not soon forget.

The Ford/GM Ride N Drives and Dodge Thrill Rides are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the auction, rain or shine, through January 18.




AZ15_Automobilia_TR_1871_0293Monday morning at Barrett-Jackson saw another 300-plus remarkable automobilia items from the Ron Pratte Collection go up for auction. Today’s big sale was a rare 1930s Sinclair Aircraft Gasoline double-sided porcelain service station sign with a Spirit of St. Louis-style airplane graphic, which fetched a whopping $40,250. A spectacular 1950s Ford A-1 Used Cars and Trucks restored double-sided neon dealership sign took top dollar in the neon category, going for $34,500, while the top-selling pedal car of the day was a stunning 1935 Chrysler Imperial Air Flow by Steelcraft, which went for $13,800.

As the day progressed, more and more people poured into the auction arena in anticipation of the beginning of the collector car auction. Shortly after 3 p.m., the dapper-looking auctioneers lined up on stage for their introductions, Amy Assister sang the National Anthem as members of the military stood at attention under the giant American flag, and then the vehicles began to roll across the block. A total of 94 cars were sold on the first day for just over $1.5 million—a great warm-up for Tuesday, when more than 100 cars from the unrivalled Ron Pratte Collection will cross the block!

Here are today’s top-selling vehicles:

Lot #98 – 1933 Chevrolet Master Custom 2 Door Sedan – $61,600


Lot #64 – 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Custom – $41,800


Lot #66 – 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 – $38,500


Lot #47 – 1977 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup – $35,200


Lot #96 – 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – $34,100


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