The Most Intriguing Cars That Were Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

It’s safe to say that major auto auctions like the recent one held by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona are always a spectacle. It’s a playground for the rich auto enthusiasts to flex their financial muscles in an active bidding competition among their brethren to see who among them can scoop up their desired models.

Last weekend’s auction saw some pretty interesting models crossing the block and, while we’ve written about the final selling price generated by a number of the models being auctioned, we haven’t gone into detail on some of the more interesting vehicles auctioned off during the weekend-long event.

So we’re going to do this through a list because that’s generally how you can enumerate the models and have a rank for them based on what vehicle they are and how much interest they generated in the form of frenzied bids.

Check out our list of interesting auctioned cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale after the jump.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

$1.1 million for the first production Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray might be a tad too steep a price to pay for, but in an auction setting, you know that adrenaline and bravado always get kicked into high gear. And, as we all know, NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick doesn’t lack in either of those qualities. At the end of the day, that amount isn’t that big a deal for Hendrick and if he were to spend a cool million over the weekend, we couldn’t think of anything better to spend it on than on the first-production Corvette C7 Stingray. And besides, that money will go to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit so at the end of the day, that’s a million well spent.

Chevrolet Corvette 427 Guy Fieri Edition

Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible by Guy Fieri

A little disappointing final selling price of just $270,000 was handed over to purchase the Corvette 427 Guy Fieri Edition , a number that was lower than initial prognostications, but still enough to benefit the Guy Fieri Cooking With Kids program. Maybe it’s because Fieri doesn’t have the same timeless clout as that of an icon like Gable or George W. Bush; that’s our best guess on why this one-off Corvette failed to meet its auction expectations.

1966 Batmobile

Batmobile

Arguably the biggest winner of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction ended up being George Barris. As the builder and solitary owner of the original 1966 Batmobile , Barris finally decided to part ways with his baby. And wouldn’t you know it, the interest for the car certainly justified that reason, fetching a staggering $4.2 million and becoming one of the highest auction prices a car has fetched in Barrett-Jackson history.

Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible

Chevrolet COPO Camaro Convertible

As one of only two models in existence, you would think that the Camaro COPO Convertible would fetch a pretty out-there bid, especially when you take into account the fact that the other model is sitting pretty inside GM’s Heritage Center. Depending on who you ask, the $400,000 selling price for the Camaro COPO Convertible is either too high or too low. Quite frankly, we belong on the latter list because you only get so many chances to own a real one-off muscle, a car that you can put back up for auction years from now where it could end up igniting a bidding war.

Porsche 959 Development Prototype

The Most Intriguing Cars That Were Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

*Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

The 959 Development Prototype earned another disappointing sale price, given the car’s place in Porsche history as one of only two running 959 development cars in existence. When the gavel finally fell, bidding had hit $400,000 and when you add the 10-percent buyer’s fee, that number hits $440,000. Is a little under half-a-million enough to justify how rare this prototype is? We don’t think so, because running 959 models already fetch quite a handful in auction settings. And we all know that the rarest of them all is the model that was used to develop all those cars.

2009 Ford F-150

The Most Intriguing Cars That Were Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

*Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

What’s a Ford F-150 doing on this list? And why did it sell for $300,000? Well, it probably has something to do with the previous owner of the truck. The 2009 F-150 King Ranch 4x4 SuperCrew was owned by no less than former president George W. Bush, which pretty much explains why Jay Leno was on-hand for the auction, and the truck sold for that $300,000 amount. It’s still significantly lower than Leno’s New Holland tractor - one Bush signed himself - that crossed the block last year for $585,000. Still, the Fisher House Foundation — the charity where proceeds from the F-150 auction will go to — must still be thrilled to receive another whopping donation.

1958 Chevrolet Corvette

The Most Intriguing Cars That Were Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson sent his 1958 Corvette to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale to be auctioned off with the intention of the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Surprisingly, the car only sold for $270,000, a bargain of a price for this classic ride. Not surprisingly, the man who shelled out that amount was - once again - Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick. He might have overpaid a little for the Corvette C7 Stingray, but he certainly got a bargain with the Akerson’s 1958 classic.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

The Most Intriguing Cars That Were Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

*Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

This 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL was once owned by one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors, Clark Gable, who bought the classic as a brand new model. The celebrity only had a few years to enjoy the ride before his untimely death in 1960, but he did a few personal touches that remain to this day, including a Nardi steering wheel and Rudge knock-off wheels. The classic actually hit $1.9 million in bidding, except that the final bid didn’t meet the reserve. After a few negotiations, the car, a classic by all of our standards, eventually changed hands to the tune of $1.85 million.


1 comments:

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is definitely a spectacular auction. it is because the cars that they are selling are really nice. I just hope that they have a charity so that many people are going to benefit from the proceeds.

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