Friday, January 25th, 2013

Barrett-Jackson 2013 Recap

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It might not come as a surprise to many that Barrett-Jackson is one of the largest collector car auctions in the world, but holy smokes, it’s HUGE! So, I have to sadly admit that this was the first year I’ve ever attended a Barrett-Jackson event. If you haven’t been to this event, you should definitely continue reading.

I enjoy cars, mostly European, BMWs to be exact, but this seafoam green custom 1934 Ford roaster and its accompanied sidekick chopper was pretty cool to check out. Each sold for $74,800 and $19,800, respectively. I must say with the immaculate attention to detail, this was well-earned. Whether it should have been worth more, I would never know.

This 1960 Willy Custom Jeep is definitely the look one expects from the early 60s. I can completely imagine myself in this vehicle, using it as a golf cart, completing my ensemble with a Beret and suspenders. What actually caught my eye was the color, Cerulean Blue. It complimented the Jeep perfectly. It was nicely done!

Now this 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is one-of-a-kind. Being one-of-a-kind, it sold for a mere $2,035,000. The new owner of this vehicle bought a piece of history as this was originally purchased new by Clark Gable!

These photos were taken on Thursday of the week long event. As you can see here, the crowds of potential buys are all scoping out their next fun purchase. I couldn’t get any closer to the auction block because I wasn’t a buyer. Just imagine this on Saturday where the bigger ticket items are up for auction, this room is completely filled up! If you’re not a serious bidder (but just there to spectate), there are plenty of grandstand seats just to soak in the ambiance. I still can’t grasp what the auctioneer was actually saying other than the numbers, “25…26…26,500…sold!”

Probably my favorite vehicle sighting would be the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine! This 1967 Volkswagen Bus was completely tricked out with custom rims, 21 windows, a flat screen tv, XBox, 1000 watt stereo system, and even a mini cooler for your Scooby Snacks. This bus sold for $110,000. I’d say a good price to pay to drive around in The Mystery Machine.

Every year there are thousands of cars waiting to be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson. It’s quite a spectacle to see row after row of vehicles, each having sentimental value to their current owner and new owner alike. If you’ve never been to Barrett-Jackson you should definitely check it out next year in January.