Cool cars and rock stars! The Barrett-Jackson auction company got its start in the early 70s and became the first to broadcast a live collector car auction in 1997. Since then, it has become one of the premier events in the world to buy and sell megabuck collector cars, spawning an entire week of auction activity in and around the Scottsdale area.
Wheels.ca was on the ground in Scottsdale, soaking up the electric atmosphere and bringing you some exclusive shots of the fabulous 1700+ cars on display. American muscle, European classics, exotic sports cars, and one-of-a-kind customs: this year’s docket ran the gamut of mouth-watering metal.
Get your bidder’s paddle (and wallet!) ready, we’re about to burn through the top ten cars by sale price at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in the Arizona desert. All totals are shown in Trump Bucks.
1932 Rolls-Royce Roadster (Lot #1382) – $341,000
Personally, this author does prefer muscle cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s, but there’s no denying the beauty of a Rolls-Royce from the 1930’s. Under its long bonnet was the biggest six-cylinder engine I’ve ever seen: a 7.6-litre unit hooked up to a four-speed manual transmission. The rebodied coupe looked resplendent with beautiful blue paint which was every bit a mile deep.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (Lot #1400) – $385,000
This restored Boss 429 gleamed beautifully under the unforgiving auction block lights in its inky-black paint. Its “KK”-code NASCAR motor ensured everyone paid attention, while its 4-speed manual will ensure its new buyer gets a workout each and every time they take it to a show. This car was from the collection of Reggie Jackson.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Split-Window “Fuelie” (Lot #1393) – $385,000
Split-window Corvettes almost always bring big money, thanks to their single-year feature of a teeth-achingly gorgeous rear-window design. This example, finished in Sebring Silver, was a multiple award winner restored by the famous Naber’s of Houston shop in Texas. It’s new owner can brag that it was even on display for a year at the National Corvette Museum.
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia owned by Justin Bieber (Lot #1372) – $434,500
When the bidding arena suddenly turned into a sea of screaming girls, I knew The Beebs was on his way to the auction block. Sure enough, the pop star took the stage, promising concert tickets and backstage passes to the buyer of his customized 458 Italia which was wrapped in a strikingly fantastic Frozen Blue colour. The near half-million dollar price tag was a new world record for that particular model of Ferrari.
1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot #1365) – $445,500
This exceptional and extremely well-sorted GT350 was presented with all of the rare, Shelby-unique parts from 1965 fully intact. An earlier owner managed to find a complete Paxton Supercharger conversion direct from Shelby American. A specialized unit built exclusively for Shelby to be upfitted to 289 Cobras and GT350 Shelby Mustangs, that Paxton undoubtedly helped to increase the final sale price.
2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Lot #1396) – $616,000
Finished in gleaming Basalt Black, this 600hp V-10 monster brought top dollar for this particular piece of Porsche history. It’s yellow brake calipers and centre lock racing wheels put the exclamation point on this fantastic machine which sported only 5448 miles on its odometer.
2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder owned by Steven Tyler (Lot #3003) – $800,000
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith knows how to put on a show and the effort he put forth to sell his supercar at Barrett-Jackson was no different. Standing up in the passenger seat as a handler, he drove his one-of-a-kind Venom GT onto the stage. The hall-of-fame rocker whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Bidding was strong for the only convertible Venom GT in existence, finally settling at a stratospheric $800,000. To juice the price, the Aerosmith frontman tossed in a week’s use of his beach house in Maui (toga party optional, he said). A full 100% of the sale price benefited Tyler’s charity called Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative which helps abused and neglected girls.
1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Lot #1378) – $880,000
This beautiful Duesey was restored to exacting standards by a noted builder of pre-war classics. Sitting regally on-stage, its two-toned red bodywork commanded the spotlight. Under the hood? An inline-eight cylinder approximately the size of a grand piano. Naturally, bright stainless flex-pipe passed through the sides of the bonnet for maximum visual effect.
1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 (Lot #1390) – $1,320,000
A piece of General Motors history, this prototype racing car rolled onto the block with its engine roaring like Chewbacca on a bad fur day. This mid-engined, single seater beauty was developed in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s by the father of the Corvette – Zora Arkus-Duntov. This particular example was never raced but did serve as an engineering tester to help develop and refine GM’s suspension and chassis efforts of the day.
1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Lot #1397) – $1,485,000
The DB5 is one of the most famous cars in the world thanks to the deadly silver example piloted by James Bond in 1964’s Goldfinger. This particular example wasn’t fettled by Q or equipped with hidden rockets, but was an exceedingly rare, factory-made left-had-drive model. Retaining its original engine and paint colour, this fabulous example of automotive royalty was sourced from a prominent car collection in Paris.
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