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 |  Aug 13 2013, 2:35 PM

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This past weekend, the final 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible was sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $500,000 with the proceeds benefiting the Brain Injury Association of America.

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 |  Jan 20 2013, 8:04 PM

A custom Shelby GT500 modified by a group called “Friends of Carroll” has sold for $200,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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 |  Jan 19 2013, 10:57 PM

Keeping with its storied tradition of auctioning off notable vehicles in its history, GM has sold off the first-ever 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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 |  Jan 19 2013, 5:59 PM

At the 2012 SEMA Show, Chevrolet unveiled its 2012 COPO convertible, which just fetched a nice $400,000 towards charity at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

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 |  Jan 16 2013, 7:32 PM

The first-ever Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson auction on January 19 with its proceeds heading to charity.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 8:58 PM

Guy Fieri’s customized 427 Corvette will head to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz. to be auctioned for charity, but first it made a stop at this year’s SEMA Show.

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 |  Sep 06 2012, 6:25 PM

Among the many classic masterpieces set for the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, there will be a retro throwback of a different breed: the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.

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 |  Jun 24 2012, 10:01 AM

Got a lazy Sunday ahead of you with not much to do? Interested in seeing classics, resto-mods, luxury, and exotics hitting the auction block? The Barrett-Jackson Orange County, California auction is streaming live online so you can get your automotive fix in today. You know, in case you’re stuck at work or something.

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 |  Jun 19 2012, 7:15 PM

Bidders at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange Country, Calif. this Saturday will have the chance to drive home the first-ever SRT Viper while donating to charity.

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 |  Jun 16 2012, 12:01 PM

This probably isn’t a huge surprise, but with Carroll Shelby’s recent passing, all sorts of cars are becoming ‘collectibles’ that sport the famed visionary’s name.

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 |  May 24 2012, 1:10 PM

Picture a classic car in your head: likely it’s an American icon like a late ‘60s Mustang or even earlier like a ‘50s Fairlane. Maybe your taste is a bit more exotic and you’re imagining a classic Ferrari or even a British sports car like an MG or Triumph.

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 |  Apr 09 2012, 10:02 AM

 

Friday’s Barrett-Jackson Auction saw the very first 45th Anniversary Edition Chevrolet Camaro Convertible sold. The car brought in $150,000, which will be donated to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

While a regular 45th Anniversary Package is just a $1,375 add-on for most Camaros, this auction was not for just any old Camaro with the package. The vehicle sold during the auction had the VIN #001.

The 45th Anniversary Package includes a special Carbon Flash Metallic paint, along with 20-inch wheels, a unique stripe package, a custom interior with black and red leather seats, custom fog lights, taillights, and 45th Anniversary badging.

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 |  Mar 31 2012, 9:01 AM

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Nissan may be reviving the Datsun brand, but we’ll never see the likes of a beautiful 260Z ever again in those emerging markets where Datsun will begin life anew.

Instead, those who really want a collectible Datsun should check out the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction where this 1974 260Z is set to sell with no reserve price. The entire vehicle has been rotisserie restored with a Chevrolet 350-ci V8 engine under the hood mated to a Tremec five-speed transmission.

The auction listing states that the 260Z has only put on 800 miles since the rebuild, which also saw all-new wiring from Painless and new suspension during the process. While the chassis was stripped down to bare metal, all new Nissan parts and urethane bushings were installed along with Eibach springs and Tokico shocks.

Giving it some modern technology is a set of HID headlights, LED brake, turn, running, and side marker lights while the car rolls on more modern Konig Rewind wheels wrapped with BF Goodrich rubber. Completing the build is a full stereo system from Kenwood while the seats, dash, and interior panels were reupholstered with faux leather and is all French stitched.

The Palm Beach, Florida Barrett-Jackson Auction kicks off on April 5th, 2012.

GALLERY: 1974 Datsun 260Z

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 |  Mar 29 2012, 10:02 AM

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Barrett-Jackson is famous for its highly-televised classic car auctions, selling off popular retro machines ranging from Chevy Bel Airs to Pontiac GTOs. But this is a first.

Hitting the auction stage at the upcoming Palm Beach, FL, event is… a submarine – and a home-made one at that. The Kittredge K350 1ATM sub is 14 feet in length and the hull is three feet in diameter. There’s space inside for two and it can dive to a depth of 350 feet – so don’t plan any James Cameron-style adventures to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Still, you’re not likely to find a ’69 Mustang that can say the same.

The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction kicks off April 5-7th. Oh, and the sub does come with the trailer.

GALLERY: Kittredge K350 1ATM Submarine

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 |  Mar 22 2012, 8:01 PM

It’s arguably the most famous collector car auction in the world, yet Barrett-Jackson‘s Westworld event, held each January in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale has never had a permanent venue.

That’s likely to change soon, as Scottsdale City Council has now approved plans for a $40 million facility, designed to house not only Barrett-Jackson’s own collector car spectacles but also equestrian events, namely the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show.

“For over a decade we have been talking with the City of Scottsdale about a permanent facility like this in order to make what has always been a desire for a long-term agreement with our hometown,” remarked Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson.  “Thanks to the leadership of this Mayor and Council it finally got done.”

The new facility will enable Barrett-Jackson to save money on temporary facility costs and to provide much better protection from mother nature, which has unleashed its wrath during auction seasons in the past. In addition, Craig Jackson also noted that new facility “will allow [them] to realize a long-time goal of building [their] new corporate headquarters and car museum on private land I own next to WestWorld.”

 |  Mar 18 2012, 10:01 AM

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Heading to the Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson auction is this 2004 custom Renntech Mercedes-Benz SL600 with a seriously flashy chrome coating. The “Chrome Edition” SL600 with a modified 6.0L V12 is the only example produced by Mercedes tuner Renntech.

All proceeds from the Renntech SL600 auction, which will be sold on April 5, will benefit the Doug Mansfield Foundation Trust. Those that followed the modified car scene will remember this SL debuting at the SEMA Show several years ago, shocking the world as the first of its kind with its chrome exterior treatment.

Along with the AMG Sport Package, the SL600 has plenty of upgrades from Renntech. Improvements include an upgraded ECU, TCU, carbon fiber airbox, and enhanced axle shafts. Both the transmission and suspension have been upgraded along with massive 15.2-inch, 8-piston front brakes, and 13-inch rear rotors.

There is no reserve set on the Renntech SL600.

GALLERY: Chrome Renntech 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL600

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Mar 17 2012, 10:01 AM

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Looking for a truly unique car to add to your collection? Better head to the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Palm Beach, Fla. from April 5 through 7. This custom 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe V7 features a twin-turbo, mid-engine setup backed by a stunning design.

The Chevrolet LS V8 1,000-hp (915 lb-ft of torque) engine powers this GM Design Award winning Corvette and commands attention. The ’63 Vette truly embraces the blend of classic car design with modern day technology. The body is widened a massive 10 inches and coated in a sleek black finish. One of the most impressive features of the Vette is the new cab forward design which allows the engine to be viewed through the original rear window openings.

Suspension on the custom Corvette Coupe comes courtesy of Penske Racing, while the massive brakes that help stop the 1,000-hp monster are from Baer. Custom HRE wheels adorn each corner, wrapped with high-quality Michelin rubber.

The attention to detail on this vehicle makes it truly mesmerizing and is welcomed into the American super car world. With a 0-60 time in the sub 3-second range, this is truly one of the most collectible Corvettes in the world.

GALLERY: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Jan 24 2012, 1:00 PM

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There are only two Devon GTX supercars in the world. One of them was up for sale at the most recent Barrett-Jackson auction and it sold for a ticklishly low price.

The chromed-out version of the Dodge Viper that promised individuality to its lucky owner came to a hard halt when Dodge stopped producing the Viper in 2010, but with a half million-dollar price tag it’s tough to see what’s essentially the bling-bling edition of Dodge’s V10 tire shredder going very far. On the other hand, $220,000 might be a justifiable price for someone in the market for such cars, and that is what the GTX took on the auction block including buyers commission.

We had no way of guessing what the GTX would sell for just over a week ago when we reported that the car was going up for auction with no reserve, but the 60 percent discount it ended up selling for was far from our minds. Alas, such is life in the world of no-reserve auctions on items with extremely limited marketability.

GALLERY: 2009 Devon GTX

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Jan 22 2012, 1:00 PM

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The first ever 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible went for a hot $600,000 at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction. Sporting VIN #001, the convertible sports car was sold to Ron Pratte, a multi-millionaire who made his fortunes from wood framing and concrete foundations.

When the ‘Vette first hit the auction block, it caused a bidding frenzy quickly jumping up to over $200,000 when things started to die down. Then Jeff Gordon decided to make it more enticing by adding in his own racing suit and a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500. The final $600,000 sale price wasn’t even the best part, as Eddie Vannoy added another $100,000 donation to the price of the car, which is going towards the AARP Drive for Hunger charity.

The Corvette 427 features an LS7 engine from the Z06 with 505-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful engine ever placed into a Corvette convertible. It’s also outfitted with several carbon fiber pieces in order to save some pounds, with the convertible weighing in at 3,555-lbs. Its 0-60 mph time is a scant 3.8-seconds while it can clock the quarter mile in just 11.8-seconds.

GALLERY: Corvette 427 Convertible

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 |  Jan 16 2012, 2:15 PM

It was a good idea, if only it had worked. A few years back, a man by the name of Scott Devon decided that the world needed a new American supercar. So he appointed a Swede (Daniel Paulin) to design his dream car.

Being a start-up company, Devon did not have the money to develop his own platform or design his own engines. So what he did instead was to take a perfectly good Dodge Viper, and give it some new clothes.

Actually, he did more than that as this was no mere body-kit. The car had a custom, coachbuilt body and a completely unique interior. Oh and he tweaked the Viper’s 8.4-liter, V10 motor to produce a modest 650-hp.

The end result looked very impressive, and it also worked. Thanks to its aerodynamics package, the GTX was very capable around a race track. It in fact set the fastest lap-time for a production car at both Willow Springs and the Laguna Seca Raceway. We use the ‘production car’ term loosely here, read on to find out why.

Devon wanted to put the GTX into limited production, but their plans got cut short when Dodge announced the stoppage on Viper production in 2010. This would hurt Devon’s supply if anyone wanted one. Another reason the project didn’t work was because the order books remained empty. We reckon the $500,000 asking price had something to do with that.

In the end, just two cars were produced, and now one of those can be in your collection. Lot # 1296 at this month’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ., is a beautiful black Devon GTX.

We will have to wait and see what it fetches at the auction, but if you’ve been looking for something very rare and unique, this might be the car for you.

GALLERY: Devon GTX

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 

 |  Jan 04 2012, 7:00 AM

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Built by Ringbrothers and designed by Sean Smith, this custom 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe can be yours if you’re heading to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona auction.

One of the nicest ’69 Camaros we’ve seen in a long time, the exterior Mineral Gray/Pewter finish looks immaculate in the photos. The Hunter Green interior is unique while the Camaro packs a 454-cubic inch Ram Jet ZL1 under the hood, numbered 193 of 200. The engine is combined with a six-speed Viper transmission.

On the outside, custom one-off Budnik wheels in a staggered setup adorn each corner. Stopping power has been enhanced with 15-inch rotors and Baer’s six-piston calipers. The interior is race-inspired with a Tilton pedal setup, MOMO steering wheel and custom Classic Instruments. Lightening the body is a carbon fiber hood, trunk, deck lid, bumper and brake ducts.

GALLERY: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]

 |  Jan 02 2012, 8:51 AM

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The #40 of 40 Special Edition Lamborghini Diablo 6.0L VTs ever built will be going up for sale at the upcoming Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson auction. Sporting only 12-miles on the odometer, this limited edition Diablo (the last of the final edition Diablos) is practically new.

The 6.0L VT SE Diablos featured a V12 powerplant with 550-hp, all-wheel-drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s the last SE ever built and still has the original plastic covers on the seats. Since it was first bought, it has sat in a large climate-controlled collection on the West Coast. This particular Diablo’s exterior is Marrone Eklipsis with a Cocoa/Cream interior.

No reserve is set on this rare exotic.

GALLERY: 2001 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe

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 |  Dec 31 2011, 12:20 PM

Barrett-Jackson will be carrying on a tradition by selling the first Ford Shelby GT500 at the upcoming Scottsdale, Arizona auction on January 15-22, 2012.

In 2006, Ford sold its first Ford GT exotic supercar at a Barrett-Jackson auction and in 2007, the first Shelby GT500 was also auctioned off. The tradition continued in 2008 with the first Shelby GT500KR and in 2009 it was the first retail Shelby GT500 and two Mustang GT concept cars.

The new 2013 Shelby GT500 is a major upgrade to the GT500 line featuring a 5.8L V8 with 650-hp with a heavily updated chassis with excellent handling capabilities.

Five vintage Shelby vehicles will also be auctioned off at the same auction spanning from 1965 to 1969 model years.

[Source: Road & Track]

 |  Sep 26 2011, 10:30 AM

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Then again… maybe you will. As perhaps the most atrocious creation to ever cross the block at a Barrett-Jackson auction this ostentatious monstrosity sold at the auction house’s Las Vegas event for a not-so-whopping $2,970. And yes, that price even includes the buyer’s commission.

“Turn heads with this one,” read the listing for the colorful Chevy Camaro, which is billed as an original Roly Hernandez creation. (Who?) The car is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

But don’t let all the custom paint, wheels and that Supra spoiler fool you, there’s at least one interesting modification worth taking note of. While the front of the car might be all-IROC, the rear is donated from a Corvette. We bet that poor ‘Vette never saw this coming.

GALLERY: Custom 1987 IROC Camaro

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