By Chris Mulvihill
The cool and rainy Saturday, January 20th temperatures did not dampen the crowds’ enthusiasm for “Super Saturday” at the 47th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. This week long event sold 1,721 vehicles generating over $106 Million with over 1,100 pieces of automobilia selling for an additional $3.7 Million! Saturday also included several high-profile charity vehicles that help generate over $6.2 Million. Some noteworthy charity sales were a 2017 Ford GT selling for $2.55 Million benefiting the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE Program and a 2018 first production Corvette Carbon 65 Edition fetched $1.4 Million benefiting George W Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative. To mark the 50th anniversary of the movie Bullitt, Ford offered a 2019 Mustang Bullitt edition. Chad McQueen was on stage as the first (VIN 001) 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt sold for $300,000. The proceeds will benefit the Boys Republic Home in Chino, CA.
There were several car manufactures with very elaborate displays. Ford Motor highlighted their Performance Cars by displaying Ford GTs, a classic 1967 GT 350, Shelby GT 350s and Mustang GTs. They also displayed on Mustang GT 350 on its’ side with video screens mounted to the engine belly pan and side rail. These monitors ran videos explaining the car’s features. Dodge, Roush, BMW and Tesla (to name a few) also had vehicle displays in the main area.
Outside there were numerous auto related vendors and several food/beverage opportunities. What caught my eye were the 10 circus tents filled with sold and unsold cars. When a car is sold, it is parked back under a tent with a ‘sold’ sticker on the passenger side windshield. The selling price is written on the sold sticker which makes walking the tents much more interesting.
The top 3 selling prices:
1. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder $1.4 Million
2. 1952 Ferrari 121 Europa $1.1 Million
3. 1965 Corvette Cutaway Coupe $1.1Million
Barrett-Jackson enjoyed an astonishing 99.1% sell-through rate. However, there were a few cars that didn’t sell such as a pristine 1966 Aston Martin DB5. You do not have to be a buyer to thoroughly enjoy the auction. The event was very well attended and the key to ‘seeing it all’ is to arrive early.
Most parking lots require a shuttle bus and attendance increases as the week progresses (as does the entrance price). As a first time Barret-Jackson attendee I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I will be back next year!