Cars
Jan 20

Cars: Wrap-Up — 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction Scottsdale

(Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

1967 Chevrolet L88. (Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

The 43rd annual Collector Car Auction is officially in the books, and what a show it was: More than 1,400 were sold for in excess of $100 million, and when the final sales total is calculated, it is expected to be a new all-time record.

Barrett-Jackson’s new 12,000-seat permanent facility at Westworld was jammed with bidders and spectators all week long and attendance was up sharply as well.

On the auction front, there were several world records set:

• A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 (pictured above), one of only 20 made and the only one that’s red-on-red, sold for $3.85 million with the 10 percent bidder fee on top of the $3.5 million hammer price.

• A 1969 L88 Corvette race car known as “The Rebel” sold for $2.86 million with bidder’s fee. One of the most successful road racers of all time, The Rebel set records that stood for decades.

1969 L88 Corvette race car known as “The Rebel”. (Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

1969 L88 Corvette race car known as “The Rebel”. (Carey Spencer/ Best Digital Shots)

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Jan 19

Cars: Photo Gallery – Top Sellers Bring In Multi-Millions In Scottsdale

This 1967 Corvette L88 sold for $3.85 million dollars. (Photo: Carey Spencer - Best Digital Shots)

This 1967 L88 sold for $3.85 million dollars. (Photo: Carey Spencer – Best Digital Shots)

PHOTO GALLERY: TOP 15 SELLERS AT BARRETT-JACKSON

Super Saturday at saw truly spectacular automobiles cross the auction block and as a result, seven-digit hammer prices became the norm. A rare 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 led the way with a price tag of $3.85 million.

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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 Mustang 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 18

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — The Snake And The Mongoose

Anyone with even the least interest in motor sports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Anyone with any interest in motorsports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Nitro-fueled funny car drag racers roared into the consciousness of mainstream America in the early 1970s when two of the sport’s biggest competitors, Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, squared off against each other in match races as the Snake vs. the Mongoose, respectively, in what’s considered the greatest rivalry in drag racing history and perhaps the most famous match-up in American motor sports.

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