Over the course of six days, more than 300,000 people attended the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in the new WestWorld facility in Scottsdale, AZ. Four members of that total attendance figure were Raina, Jesse, Kate, and I.
We continued our walk around the assembled cars. Where possible, I have included some information about some of my favorite autos and their selling prices.
One of the most unexpected items in the auction is this 1922 Spillman Engineering Menagerie Carousel.
The high bid of $250,000 did not meet the reserve price, so the carousel is still on the market.
"Racing legend, Dave Strickler, campaigned this Jenkin's prepared Z/28 Camaro and dominated the ranks of NHRA Super Stock racing during the 1968 season.... This "Old Reliable" Z/28 was featured in over 30 automotive publications during 1968 and 1969 making it the most famous Z/28 Camaro in race car history.... In the summer of 1993, the detailed restoration began. Many of the original racing components were found and reinstalled. Appearance wise, Old Reliable looks exactly like it did during the summer of 1968. All original decals were found and the lettering was duplicated from original photos supplied by the Strickler family" (barrett-jackson.com/application/lot5036).
"The 120s were the first Packards fitted with hydraulic brakes and an independent front suspension which were mounted onto 120" wheelbase chassis.
"Equipped with several rare and important factory accessories, including a very rare set of steel spoke artillery wheels, dual side-mounted spare tires with metal covers and mirrors, factory fender skirts...,
"A Chrysler Corporation dream or concept car for the Plymouth Division, the Belmont was highly publicized and well received by the public at the various major automobile shows where it was displayed. Unfortunately, the car was never put into production, this car being the only one built" (barrett-jackson.com/application/lot5066).
In total, there were 16 vehicles that sold for more than $22 million, with the highest selling vehicle being a 1967 Corvette L88 2 Door Coupe which sold for $3.85 million, making it the most expensive Corvette ever to sell at an auction. Other vehicles that broke world records included a 1967 Corvette L88 selling for $2.86 million and a 1957 Thunderbird E Convertible which fetched $330,000.
For me, I imagined myself in one of the stunning 1930s autos--any one of them.