We all know that Barrett-Jackson is no stranger to the rarest, meanest and sexiest the automotive world has ever seen, and we know that the auction house is also used to eight- and nine-digit takes at the end of each auction. Well, the 2014 Palm Beach Auction was no different than every other one, as it pulled in a cool $25 million. Sure, that is relatively small by B-J standards, but for Palm Beach, that is a pretty good tally. Surprisingly, there was only one true supercar in the whole lineup this year.
This trumps last year’s $21 million, and makes it the second-largest tally since the massive $32 million B-J did in 2007. In total, there were 509 cars sold, and seven of those cars had their proceeds go to charities. These seven cars netted a total of $2.35 million dollars for their respective charities. All of these totals are well and good, but we are here to talk about the cars that really lit up Barrett-Jackson’s coffers, like the incredible $1,000,000 that the 2015 Corvette Z06 drew in and the nine remaining six-digit totals that make up the top-ten highest sales figures at Palm Beach.
Click past the jump to see the entire list of the top sellers.
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2 Door Coupe - $1,000,000
Everyone knew that the Corvette Z06 was the hottest item to cross the block this year, and man did it pull down some serious dough. Surprisingly though, it sold for the exact same amount as the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible sold at Palm Beach last year. So either this buyer got one hell of a deal or the Stingray convertible owner is kicking himself for not waiting another year. Besides, we’re only talking about a roughly 175-horsepower advantage in the Z06’s engine bay and tons of other goodies to go along with it. 100-percent of this bid went to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Gallery Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2 Door Coupe - $500,000
We expected the Z/28 to come in around the mid-$100k range, maybe kiss the $200k mark, but it completely shocked us by cranking up a $500,000 winning bid. Considering this is the most advanced Camaro to roll out of Detroit, and crushed the ZL1’s Nurburgring lap time, maybe we undershot our estimate.
1935 Packard 1207 V12 Convertible Coupe - $330,000
At No. 3, we need to take a trip to the past with this 1935 Packard 1207 V12 Convertible Coupe. I don’t know too much about Packards, but apparently this car was one of the last works of Raymond Dietrich, esteemed coachbuilder. For a 1930s car, this thing had some serious punch, thanks to a 175-horsepower, 473-cubic-inch V-12. There is one thing I know about this car; it is damn beautiful...
2013 Ford Mustang Fastback from “Need For Speed” - $300,000
No, it’s not the 2015 Mustang from "Need For Speed" , but this one was the star of said movie. On top of its GT500-inspired body kit, 22-inch wheels, snorkel hood and Kona Blue racing stripes, this 2013 Mustang GT has an upgraded suspension system, custom exhaust work and a customized interior. Unfortunately, the buyer of this car will only get to look at it, as it cannot be licensed for street use. All proceeds of this sale benefited the Henry Ford Health System.
2005 Ford GT 2 Door Coupe - $242,000
Not much was said about this sexy Ford GT40, but that it sold for $242,000, only has 929 miles (you read that right, nine-hundred and forty-two), and has a 5.4-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Regardless of their little issues here and there, the GT40 remains one of the best-looking American cars ever built.
1946 Ford Sportsman Convertible - $209,000
Like the Packard, the Ford Sportsman is out of my "wheelhouse, " so to speak, but I know a little about the model on a whole. This wood-paneled drop-top uses a V-8 engine and has a 114-inch wheelbase. It features a maroon body with a golden tan leather top, and the interior is decked-out with a radio, heater and clock. Amazingly, the wood paneling is all original and in great shape.
1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe - $200,000
Little says "Amurrrica" more than a Olds Hurst. This example, is unfortunately from the emissions era, so it is not a monster in the numbers. But it is in the iconic black-and-gold garb that makes it instantly recognizable. The $200k that it sold for benefits the Cancer Research Fund.
1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible - $200,000
Now here is a proper muscle car: the Olds 442 Convertible. This particular model was fitted to look like the old Hurst Shifter car that the Hurst Company used to market its shifters. With a 455-cubic-inch V-8 under the hood and a mailbox hood scoop feeding it air, this this is most definitely a beast to be reckoned with.
2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder - $181,500
With its exit from the market in the near future, seeing the Gallardo on this list seems almost like a token inclusion. But really, this is a Spyder model, which you don’t see all that often, and it has just 853 miles on its ticker. Sure, it is not the coolest car in the world to make a top-10 list, but still neat to see that some collectors still value the aging bull.
1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible - $165,000
Pulling up the rear of the list if a 1969 Mustang GT500 Convertible. A fine way to end this list is this 428-cubic-inch V-8 with double Holley carbs. This model features a power top, Vintage Air climate control, wheel-lip moldings, an upgraded four-cog gearbox and is one of only 402 convertibles from 1968.
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today the strongest sales results in the history of its auctions in Palm Beach, Fla. Two leading car manufacturers – Ford and General Motors – partnered with Barrett-Jackson to bring unique vehicles to the auction. Consignments reached a new high, the caliber of vehicles in South Florida was unprecedented and the average price per car grew significantly. In addition, the benefit to national and local charitable organizations was significant.
“Each year, Palm Beach continues to expand its impact, bringing better cars, more fans and growth. We have enjoyed the years here and this year was a stellar showing, which continues the explosive start we had in Scottsdale,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This week, we had great entertainment, saw some incredible cars and sold seven special vehicles with all proceeds benefitting the designated charities. We have a strong partnership with Palm Beach and the South Florida Fairgrounds and this week demonstrated that relationship.”
For charity, more than $2.35 million was raised over the three-day auction. Ford sold the 2013 Ford Mustang Fastback, which appeared in “Need for Speed” for $300,000. General Motors sold the first retail production vehicles of the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2 Door Coupe for $500,000 and the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2 Door Coupe for $1,000,000. The charities that benefit from these sales include: Rebuilding Together, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, AARP Drive to End Hunger, Henry Ford Health System, Karmanos Cancer Institute, The Cancer Research Fund at TGEN, and the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council.
“The cars we saw in Palm Beach were unlike any previous year. These cars we are now seeing are truly unique,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “Through the years, coming to the Fairgrounds, we have seen glimpses of how Palm Beach would grow and evolve. This auction weekend was another example of this special market.”
The opening Night Gala featured Soul Survivors, with a special appearance by pop sensation, Rob Van Winkle, formerly known as “Vanilla Ice,” who rocked the night and jump-started the auction weekend for the VIPs, media, celebrities and other attendees.
Here are some of the notable bids over the three-day auction. For additional information on these and other vehicles visit the Palm Beach 2014 Car List at www.barrett-jackson.com.
Lot #3004 – 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2 Door Coupe $1,000,000
Lot #3002 – 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2 Door Coupe $500,000
Lot #456 – 1935 Packard 1207 V12 Convertible Coupe $330,000
Lot #3003 – 2013 Ford Mustang Fastback from “Need For Speed” $300,000
Lot #451 – 2005 Ford GT 2 Door Coupe $242,000
Lot #468 – 1946 Ford Sportsman Convertible $209,000
Lot #3005 – 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe $200,000
Lot #3001 – 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible $200,000
Lot #450 – 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder $181,500
Lot #428 – 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible $165,000
Palm Beach 2014 set a new standard and opens a new chapter for Barrett-Jackson, raising the bar on what Barrett-Jackson consignors can expect, which resulted in a great auction weekend for attendees, bidders and consignors.