The 18th of January has been a blast for those who have participated at the auction called The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, appreciating quality and creating new purposes of buying old cars that value about $130 000 000, altogether. 1611 cars have been exposed and yes, they were breathtaking.
The vehicles were consigned and their beauty created a massive showcase. As a surprise, the vintage spectacle included the famous, renowned Ron Pratte Collection and the Salon Collection.
NASCAR cars are a certainty at every car event, a statement presence that makes crowds bigger and bigger. Statement vintage vehicles shine at the Barrett-Jackson auctions every time. Ford Fusion brought on the ramp a Rusty Wallace built in 2013, being itself a part of the Ron Pratte collection. Its horses ride fast, about 900 of them. A 427 cid V7 motor rushes through your veins and 650ft/lbs of torque becomes the cherry on top, delightfully built by Roush Yates Racing Engines. Adrenaline is assured also for the co-pilot, who has also a special racing seat, very similar to the one that the pilot has.
Jeff Gordon, the driver of a 1999 No.24 Pepsi Chevrolet brought the focal point of the auction. The four-time champion made team with Ray Evernham. They went to Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway, making all the spectacors from the Outback Steakhouse 200 NASCAR Xfinity (then Busch) Series race feel lucky to be there. No one imagined the price of the car, though: $500 000 and if sold, all money goes to charity, exactly to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.
The top sale of the year has been crowned by a CSX 3015, 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, sold for $5.115 million. In 2007, Rom Pratte, its collector, bought it for $5 million.
A 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama concept car shined aswell through all the magnificent beauties presented, bringing $3.3 million to his owner. Other top sales cars presented, admired and sold were the following: the 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus, the 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet , the 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod, the 1991 Ferrari F40 and last but not least, the 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet.
Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, has been impressed with the overall view of the auction.
“This year’s Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history. 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.”
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