Barrett-Jackson shifts 1399 classics for $113million in Arizona

| 24 Jan 2014

While Gooding, RM and Bonhams racked up the records at Scottsdale, the undisputed champion of Arizona is the sale that kicked the whole thing off – Barrett-Jackson.

And in 2014 it didn't disappoint, its 43rd annual auction being the most successful in the company's history and generating some mind-boggling statistics.

Raising a whopping $113million over the course of six days' frenzied selling to an audience of 300,000 people, B-J sold 1399 classic cars and set a raft of records of its own.

Among the highlights were Sir Stirling Moss riding across the block in the third highest selling car, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupé ($2million) and monster bids on 14 vehicles sold for charity and, along with other charitable efforts, raising more than $5million.

Other celebs who put in appearances included actor Billy Baldwin, Kiss singer Gene Simmons, actress Linda Vaughn, Frankie Muniz, racer Jeff Gordon, plus Rusty Wallace, golfer Bubba Watson, Shannon Tweed, Don Prudhomme and Reggie Jackson.

But at the end of the day, it was all about the cars and increasingly the high-value exotica consigned to the special Salon sale.  

Two B-J Chevrolet Corvettes made it into the Scottsdale top 10 (RM had two and Gooding and Bonhams three apiece), a 1967 L88 coupe ($3.85million, a world record auction price for a Corvette, main image) and a 1969 Rebel L88 convertible (above, $2.86m) contributing to the $22million raised by the 16 cars in the Salon Collection. Scroll to the bottom for the top 10 prices.

The most intriguing records achieved, however, were Guinness recognition for the largest single-unit marquee and the largest marquee!

Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said: "This was a huge year for Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. We kicked it off with a great opening night gala, christening the new Westworld facility. The Scottsdale auction had the highest sales in the history of our company - exceeding $113 million.

"Scottsdale 2014 witnessed an increase in the value of Americana cars as well as the general strengthening of the value of the cars we sold. We think that this trend will continue throughout 2014 and look forward to these increased numbers at our other 2014 auctions."

Top 10 prices

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2 Door Coupe $3,850,000 

1969 Chevrolet Corvette #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car $2,860,000

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe $2,090,000

1998 Ferrari F300 $1,870,000

1963 Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra $1,650,000

1929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton $1,430,000 

2008 Bugatti Veyron $1,375,000

1954 Plymouth Belmont Concept Car $1,320,000 

1939 Alfa Romeo 6c 2500 Sport Touring $997,500

1972 Plymouth Duster Hot Wheels "Mongoose" Funny Car, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hot Wheels "Snake" Funny Car, 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels "Snake" Ramp Truck, 1967 Dodge D-700 Hot Wheels "Mongoose" Ramp Truck $990,000

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