Barrett Jackson auction draws crowds to Scottsdale

There is a lot to be said about driving a car that is your dream car.  For some people it is a convertible. Others like the muscle that is associated with horse-power in the engine. Classics that are reminiscent of your grandfather’s first car may be what some are looking for.BJ Car Show 2013

However, once a year in Scottsdale, Arizonians are given a chance to find all types of rides under one roof, and even bid for a bargain.

This year’s event took place on Jan. 13-20 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Established in 1971, and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to collector and classic car owners, as well as astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world.

The 42nd year, Jackson-Barrett promised to break world records and be the largest auction yet.   Nearly 1, 400 classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, Resto-Mods and contemporary collectibles are expected to cross the auction block.

Furthermore, Barrett has announced this year will be the largest ever, “No Reserve” for cars up for auction which is a highlight for some residents.

“I usually avoid it,” said Tim Georgiou, a Glendale resident.  “While it’s fun, it’s too rich for me.”

This year, Georgiou went with a friend who invited him with a spare ticket they had.

“At Scottsdale we try to bring together the very best in car collecting for our bidders, and the 2013 Scottsdale auction is a perfect example of that,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

“Whether you’re a Shelby fan or classic die-hard, this is the most impressive group of vehicles we’ve ever offered at one auction in the 42 years of Barrett-Jackson. We look forward to sharing this experience with our consigners, bidders and fans.”

And what were some of the fans’ purchases?  For starters the original 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, which was heavily modified by Barris to become the original 1966 Batmobile in the live action television series “Batman,” as well as the movie adaptation, starring Adam West.  This beauty was sold for a mere $4.62 million to Rick Champagne of Ahwatukee. Batmobile

Another great sale was a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible owned by Guy Fieri of Food Networks T.V. show “Diner, Drive-in’s and Dives.” This vehicle sold for $270 thousand dollars, and all the proceeds were donated to Fieri’s Cooking With Kids Foundation.

“We have to do a better job keeping our kids healthy.  That starts with what they eat,” said Fieri.

However, neither of these two vehicles made the high-mark selling this year.  That reward went to a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider.  That beauty sold for $8.25 million.

Let’s also not forget that Barrett-Jackson is known for their philanthropy as well.  This year’s event will help 18 local and national charities raise money for their causes.  A total of nineteen charity vehicles and a high performance GM engine crossed the block at “No Reserve” during the automotive lifestyle week.

“Each of these organizations needs our support,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson.  “We’ve made it our goal to raise as much money for both local and national foundations as possible and so far, we’ve generated more than $33 million.  We know bidders will be just as excited about taking home one of these cars as we are about selling them.  Let’s start the New Year off right and see how much money we can raise for these deserving charities.”

As far as Barrett – Jackson’s success goes?  In the five days a total of over 2,000 vehicles sold with revenue of $216 million.  That was up 17 percent from last year’s event, 31 of those vehicles sold for over a million dollars.

For those who missed this year’s event, have no fear, Barrett – Jackson will be back in January 2014, or if the wait is too long, Palm Beach, Florida will have a “Collector’s Auction,” April 2013.

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