Every year thousands of collectors and auto enthusiasts flock to Scottsdale for the annual Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. Held at WestWorld of Scottsdale January 10th through 18th, the 2015 auction was the largest in the company’s 44-year history and showcased some pretty impressive luxury cars and generous collectors.
Driving Up Philanthropy
A resounding theme of this year’s event was giving back. One of the auction’s biggest stars, both in size and crowd attention, was the 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus. Vietnam veteran Ron Pratte announced he would donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the van to the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF). American flags waved during bidding and as the price rose, so did the cheering. In the end the AFF took home $4.65 million; $4m for the bus and $650k from crowd donations.
Ford Motor Company donated the Ford Shelby GT350R Coupe to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF). Ford CEO and JDRF representatives got the crowd going and scored $1 million for the car, plus another $100,000 in donations after the auction ended.
Top Luxury Cars and Attractions
A 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet, 1940 For Boyd Coddington Pickup and 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept car were among the half-century old vehicles in pristine condition that received the highest bids. Automobilia is also a big part of the event and a 1930’s Harley-Davison neon sign was a highlight. Vehicles straight out of Hollywood are also known to make an appearance. This year the famous “Beverly Hillbillies” custom truck was on the block.
The event always attracts celebrities, whether they are selling their luxury cars, encouraging bidding for a charity or looking to add to their collection. 2015 High-profile attendees included Sharon Stone, CeeLo Green, Tim Allen, Jeff Gordon, Paul Konerko and Reggie Jackson, among others.
Barrett-Jackson is “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” and a leader in automotive auctions and events. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale but holds auctions across the country in Florida, Nevada and Arizona. These events draw car collectors as well as auto enthusiasts to look at and bid on luxury cars and some of the most sought-after vehicles in the world. Both their inventory and buyers are diverse, so you never know what, or who, you’ll see at a Barrett-Jackson auction! Next year’s event is slated for January 23rd through 31st, 2016.