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The 2014 classic-car auction season opened with a bang at Scottsdale, Arizona last week with the Barrett-Jackson event tallying up a total of $249 million in auctions.
You Want Odd? We Got Your Odd Right Here
The Barrett-Jackson auction has been selling more than just cars and trucks for awhile now. In the past, virtually everything with an engine or a motor has found its way across the auction block.
For 2014 things are much the same. Obscure items we had no idea still existed will be sold later this month as well as insane mechanical Frankenstein-style creations. How strange are these auctions items? Here’s a hint; the Captain America Chevrolet Camaro pictured above is going up for auction in Scottsdale this year, but didn’t crack our top ten list. Click on to see what did.
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.”