It’s Saturday at Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe Hot August Nights and that can mean only one thing: Time for the big dogs to hunt.
In the first two days, Barrett-Jackson has sold a total of 205 cars for $5,129,100, strong money for the inaugural auction here. But that number will grow exponentially higher on this third and final auction day.
Saturday saw two cars sell for more than six figures: A custom 2013 Chevrolet COPO Camaro drag racer sold for $137,500 with 10 percent buyer’s commission, and the first production 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport sold for $120,000. All the money from the Cadillac sale went to the SAE Foundation, which aids students interested in engineering.
Today, there will plenty of six-figure cars to watch out for.
Among them are:
CUSTOM 1934 FORD & MATCHING MOTORCYCLE — Renowned hot rod builder Rick Dore’s Art Deco-influenced 1934 Ford Roadster was shown in 2004 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas winning top honors, including Best of Show and the Ford Heritage Award, among many others. This is a true work of art, as is the custom chopper that goes with it. Just a jaw-dropping pair.
1968 SHELBY GT500 CONVERTIBLE — One of 402 Shelby GT500 convertibles built in the 1968 model year, this one has the powerful 428cid Police Interceptor V8 engine, optional 4-speed transmission and matching numbers drivetrain. This solid and rust-free Shelby was restored by Shelby experts over a two year period with the restoration finishing in 2009.
1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE RACE CAR —Autographed by Zora Arkus-Duntov, the godfather of Corvettes, this is believed to be a GM test or mule car. It comes with a 292-cubic-inch Traco race motor, RPO 687 heavy duty brakes and suspension, fuel injection the radio and heater delete options.
1957 CHRYSLER SARATOGA — The 1957 Chrysler Saratoga was one of the first models to get Virgil Exner’s Forward Look design. Incredibly stylish at the time and flat-out gorgeous today, there is not a single line on the car that doesn’t work. Powered by a 354 Spitfire V-8 engine making 285 horsepower. The body is 100 percent original sheet metal.
2014 SHELBY GT500 — A charity car donated by Ford Motor Co., the proceeds from the sale of this Shelby will go to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. One of the strongest proponents of the BIAA is Page Jones, son of legendary Indy 500 Winner Parnelli Jones. Page, a rising racing star, suffered a severe brain injury during a sprint car race. His prognosis was grim yet with the support of his family, he recreated a fulfilling, productive and joyous life. Page and Parnelli work with BIAA to tell this story and raise money for research into overcoming Traumatic Brain Injury. Parnelli will sign the car in appreciation for the donation to BIAA.Barrett-Jackson, Cars, Reno-Tahoe