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 most expensive cars sold during the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Week included:
#10 – 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition – $495,000
This is a special edition of the Ford GT called the Heritage Edition. The 343 examples produced by Ford in 2006 feature a paint scheme that matches the Gulf Racing livery seen on the original race car in the 1960s.
#9 – 1968 Chevy Corvette L88 – $495,000
What makes this car special is the L88 motor option. Chevy only produced 80 cars with this 427 cu in, 430 horsepower V8. Although, the L88 option also gave the vehicle larger brakes and special exhaust.
#8 – 1966 Shelby GT-350 Prototype #001 – $605,000
This is the first pre-production prototype of the world-famous 1966 Shelby GT-350. It features a high performance 289 cu in V8 to help homologate the Mustang for SCCA racing.
#7 – 1969 Chevy COPO Camaro ZL1 – $770,000
This is number 59 of the 69 COPO (central office production order) Camaros built for 1969. A COPO Camaro has been custom ordered by a dealer, usually with special parts that aren’t normally fitted to the stock vehicle. This one has a 427 cu in V8, an NC8 Chambered Exhaust (the only ZL1 with this), and a 4-speed manual transmission.
#6 – 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 – $925,000
This ZR1 was auctioned off for charity, with 100% of the hammer price going to the Building for America’s Bravest program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The program “builds smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home.”
#5 – 1965 Chevy Corvette Cutaway Coupe – $1,100,000
This car began its life as a regular production Corvette. However, it was shipped to a specialty display production company that completely disassembled the car and turned it into a one-of-a-kind display that GM used in the auto show circuit.
#4: 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa – $1,100,000
While there have been some low production numbers on this list, this car takes the cake for fewest built. Just 11 of these Pininfarina 212 Coupes were made. This example was the show car for the 1953 Turin Motor Show.
#3: 2018 Chevy Corvette Carbon 65 Edition – $1,400,000
This is another limited edition Corvette. The Carbon 65 edition celebrates 65 years of Corvettes with a special paint color, graphics, and the supercharged 6.2L V8 from the Z06 Corvette. According to Barrett-Jackson, “the proceeds will benefit the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative, which is focused on helping post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and on addressing the issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.”
#2: 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder – $1,430,000
The 918 Spyder almost needs no introduction, but Ill give it a brief one anyways. This vehicle featured a 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine hybrid and 7-speed PDK transmission, a combination of 4-wheel drive, coupled with 4-wheel steering allows its combined 285hp of electric motors coupled with 608 gasoline-generated horsepower that produce a combined 994 ft/lbs of torque. This example had just over 3,000 miles when it sold.
#1: 2017 Ford GT – $2,500,000
By a wide margin, this 2017 Ford GT was the most expensive car at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. As with the 918 Spyder, the new Ford GT needs no introduction. It’s fitting that this car is rounding out the list, as we started with the old-model GT. While the old one has a supercharged, 5.4-liter V8, the new version has a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V6 pushing out 647 horsepower. Now, the MSRP for this car is around $400,000.