About 550 cars are set to roll across the block Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a spectacular and diverse assortment of cars and trucks. That’s up from about 410 cars last year. The vast majority of the cars will sell at no reserve, meaning the high bidder will win the car, regardless of the final hammer price. Fewer than a dozen cars will sell with a reserve, or a required minimum bid price to change hands.Barrett-Jackson, Bentley, Cars, Corvette, Mustang, Palm Beach
There was high drama to open the action Saturday at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 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.Barrett-Jackson, Cars, Scottsdale, Video
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.Barrett-Jackson, Cars
One of the staples of any Barrett-Jackson 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.Barrett-Jackson, Cars
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 cars sold for a little more than $4 million and attendance was up 25 percent over 2013.
The top seller was the 2013 Mothers Ford Mustang 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.Barrett-Jackson, Cars