Barrett-Jackson celebrate 45 years with $102 million Scottsdale sale
Barrett-Jackson has celebrated its 45th anniversary in style at the annual sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company's mammoth sale, which took place across nine days at WestWorld of Scottsdale, saw a remarkable 1,469 collector cars cross the blocks for a total of more than $102 million.
Of all the classic cars on offer, spanning decades of automotive design, it was an ultra-modern supercar which took the top spot: a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Edition.
Having launched the Porsche 918 Spyder in 2013, the German manufacturer then added an option to make the incredibly fast car even faster. The Weissach Edition reduced the weight of the car and increased its aerodynamics, giving it a top speed of 214 mph and an acceleration of 0-60 in 2.5 seconds.
The highly rare example offered in Arizona came with only 595 original miles, and sold for a model record $1.76 million in front of a cheering crowd.
The most valuable single lot of the event was a trio of extremely rare VIN #001 Corvettes built in 1955, 1956 and 1957. Sold together, this trio of consecutive classics fetched a final price of $1,815,000.
Elsewhere the sale brought strong results for a wide range of vehicles, from pre-WWII European elegance to vintage 1960s American muscle.
A 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K with 'Cabriolet A' Body Conversion brought the third-highest result of the auction, selling for $1,485,000, followed by a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster which fetched $797,500.
Cars with star power included an Optimus Prime truck and a Bumblebee Chevy Camero, both screen-used in Michael bay's Transformer film series, which sold for $121,000 and $167,200 respectively. But the most iconic movie car on offer was clearly a black Trans-Am built for the classic Smokey and the Bandit. Having been driven onto the stage by the Bandit himself, Burt Reynolds, the car set a new auction record for any Trans-Am when it sold for $550,000.
As usual, Barrett-Jackson also sold a number of vehicles for charitable causes, with 11 cars realizing a total of more than $3.4 million. They included a 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001 which raised $1.2 million to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground; a 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro, VIN #001, which sold for $500,000 to benefit Kettering University; and a 2016 Ford Focus RS which raised $550,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In addition the auction also included over 1,400 pieces of automobilia, which sold for a total of nearly $3 million, bringing total sales for the 45th Anniversary Auction to more than $105 million.
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