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Are you a discriminating auto collector that takes pride in owning some of the most unique and expensive vehicles around?
If so, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the internationally renowned Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.
This auction house attracts some of the most knowledgeable and wealthy collectors from across the globe.
And if you think of yourself as an auto enthusiast, it’s the best place to find the world’s most illustrious and exceptional autos.
The Barrett-Jackson Difference
With some of the most unique and impressive vehicles ever showcased, the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is an essential venue for any serious auto collector. It regularly features unique autos that that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet.
From classics and antiques to limited editions and one-of-a-kind models, Barrett-Jackson has seen single sales climb all the way up to $5.5M. What’s more, the regular broadcasting of its events to a worldwide audience have helped it to become the most prestigious auto auction to date.
The Story of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction
While Barrett-Jackson was officially established in 1971, the history of this illustrious auto auction dates back a decade before, when founders Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett first met.
With a friendship springing from a mutual interest in Barrett’s 1933 Cadillac V-16 town car, the two soon began collaborating on auto auctions for local charities, one of which was known as the “Fiesta de los Autos Elegantes.”
As the annual auction grew in popularity and profitability, Barrett and Jackson soon began expanding outside of their Arizona roots and established auctions in Palm Beach, Florida in 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada in 2008, and up to Uncasville, Connecticut in 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Notable Auction Sales
The flagship of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, Scottsdale’s annual auction is one of the most popular and highly-regarded auto auctions in the entire world. It regularly brings in over 200,000 attendees as well as millions more through its televised broadcasting, first by the Speed Network and then through Fox, National Geographic, Velocity, and the Discovery Channel.
Some of the most notable sales in Scottsdale include:
- 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake” sold in 2007 for $5.5M
- 1966 #01 Batmobile sold in 2013 for $4.62M
- 1950 General Motors Futurliner “Parade of Progress” tour bus sold in 2006 for $4.32M
The Palm Beach branch of Barrett-Jackson brings in around 50,000 annual visitors and is held for three days and has been televised since 2002. The thirteen successful auctions since 2003 have netted over $117M in sales with over 320,000 attendees and 2,368 consigned cars.
Notable sales in Palm Beach include:
- 1947 Bentley Mark VI Coachworks by Franay sold in 2006 for $1.76M
- 1953 Buick Roadmaster “Howard Hughes” sold in 2005 for $1.65M
- 2005 Ford GT coupe sold in 2006 for $530,000
The Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson auction has become a signature attraction for this neon city. Since beginning in 2008 with sales totaling over $30M, the event has grown significantly. In 2014 alone more than 65,000 people attended the auction, contributing to sales of over $33M and charity donations totaling over $1.6M.
A few notable sales from the Las Vegas auctions include:
- 2008 Bugatti Veyron Supercar sold in 2010 for $770,000
- 1964 Ford Fairlane 2 Door hardtop in 2011 for $700,000
- 2009 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Fastback Mustang #5 of 45 Limited Edition in 2009 for $352,000
Add a Barrett-Jackson to Your Collection
So, if you’re an avid enthusiast of automobilia and want to have access to some of the world’s most exclusive and unique vehicles, look no further than the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.
Who knows, you may find that perfect piece that finally completes your collection.