Apr 10

Barrett-Jackson advance: Diverse lineup at Palm Beach

There is a 454 big block under the hood of this 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

There is a 454 big block under the hood of this 1954 Chevrolet . (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Final preparations are under way for the 12th annual Collector Car Auction and all indications are that it will be a sensational event.

About 550 are set to roll across the block Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a spectacular and diverse assortment of and trucks. That’s up from about 410 last year. The vast majority of the will sell at no reserve, meaning the high bidder will win the car, regardless of the final hammer price. Fewer than a dozen will sell with a reserve, or a required minimum bid price to change hands.

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Jan 18

Cars: Military Cessna And Truck Bring In One Million Dollars For Armed Forces Foundation

Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson waves the flag as $1 million is raised for the Armed Forces Foundation. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

There was high drama to open the action Saturday at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction, as a Cessna scout plane and a military truck raised $1 million for the Armed Forces Foundation.

AFF President Patricia Driscoll delivered an impassioned introduction about the charity’s work and the bidding quickly hit $750,000 before the hammer fell. Other auction attendees contributed an additional $250,000 bringing the total raised to $1 million.

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Jan 18

Cars: Ford Making History At Barrett-Jackson With 2015 Mustang GT

The first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which will be sold at Barrett-Jackson. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

The first 2015 Ford GT Fastback will be auctioned at . (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

For the first time in its history, Ford Motor Co. will auction off the first retail production example of an all-new model.

The car in question is the first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which will be sold today at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction, with all proceeds being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, one of Ford’s pet charities.

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Jan 17

Cars: Friday Barrett-Jackson Car To Watch — ‘E’ Series Ford Thunderbird

One of the staples of any auction are the so-called “Baby Bird” Ford Thunderbirds built between 1955-57. These two-seat T-Birds are true icons of the 1950s and have long been a favorite of collectors.

And if you want a Baby Bird, you want one worked on by Amos and Justin Minter of Dallas, the acknowledged gurus of Thunderbird restorations. Now there are lots of beautiful red or white or black T-Birds, but rarely do you see one like Lot 1053, in stunning Gunmetal Gray over a red interior. Just spectacular colors.

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Jan 15

Cars: Three Vehicles To Watch At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale — Wednesday Update

This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette at Barrett-Jackson has had a meticulous frame-off restoration. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

This 1964 Chevrolet at has had a meticulous frame-off restoration. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Tuesday was a sensational first night at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction, with a huge crowd and strong prices throughout. All told, 151 sold for a little more than $4 million and attendance was up 25 percent over 2013.

The top seller was the 2013 Mothers Ford RTR Spec 3, a 650-horsepower custom that raised $110,000 for the TGen Foundation. And a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega hammered at a healthy $100,000.

Wednesday, the cars get a little nicer and the prices should rise accordingly.

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