For the uninitiated, Barrett-Jackson’s auctions are a car lover’s (and celebrity spotter’s) dream. But these auctions are more than a place to see cool cars; this is, after all, an auction and millions of dollars worth of vehicles are sold each year at Barrett-Jackson’s annual event in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The company’s 47th annual auction in Scottsdale, which was held over the weekend, was no different. In all, 1,721 vehicles sold for a total of $106.8 million. More than 1,100 pieces of automobilia brought in over $3.7 million, including a full-size transportation-themed carousel for $557,750 and circa 1939 Husky Gasoline porcelain service station sign for $149,500.
More than $6 million was raised through the sale of charity vehicles, including a first production 2019 Corvette ZR1 that sold for $925,000. Ford also auctioned off the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt with VIN 001 for $300,000. The limited-edition vehicle was unveiled earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. All of the proceeds from the auction will go towards Boys Republic, a school and treatment community for youth at risk that helped McQueen as a child.
Total auction sales were more than $116.7 million.
The auction week also brought in a number of celebrity guests, including Jay Leno, Olympian Michael Phelps, country singer Kenny Chesney, actors David Spade and Tim Allen as well as NBA basketball player Alan Williams, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
The company also produces auctions in Palm Beach, Florida, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas.
The top 10 vehicles sold during the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Week included:
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
(Lot #1415) – $1.43 million
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa
(Lot #1378) – $1.1 million
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Cutaway Coupe
(Lot #1413) – $1.1 million
1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype #001
(Lot #1406) – $605,000
2015 MTI Racing Boat
(Lot #1426) – $548,900
2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition
(Lot #1414) – $495,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88
(Lot #1418) – $495,000
1958 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible
(Lot #1348) – $440,000
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible
(Lot #1412) – $440,000