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Barrett-Jackson hits jackpot at inaugural Northeast auction


A 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 coupe was the top-selling car at the Northeast Auction | Barrett-Jackson photos
A 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe was the top-selling car at the Northeast Auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

While it’s often hard to measure success for new collector car auctions, Barrett-Jackson’s first sale in the northeastern United States seems to have rung the bell on any number of levels.

The inaugural Northeast Auction at the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut was Barrett-Jackson’s first double sellout in the company’s 45-year history, the auction company reported, with admission tickets sold out shortly after the gates opened Thursday and consignment spots for auction vehicles sold out days before the sale began.

A 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird sold for $330,000
A 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird sold for $330,000

The three-day auction attracted more than 90,000 people, the highest attendance on record for any three-day Barrett-Jackson event, the auction said, and by far the highest for any kind of event held at the Mohegan Sun.  Among the attendees were about 1,700 bidders.

The auction achieved a 96 percent sell-through rate for the mostly no-reserve sale of 552 vehicles for a total of $26 million, including auction fees, Barrett-Jackson reported.   Automobilia sales reached $755,000, a record for a non-Scottsdale auction.

A total of $605,000 was raised for charity, including the sale of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H concept/prototype that garnered $150,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

A 1998 Lamborghini Diablo was another top seller
A 1998 Lamborghini Diablo was another top seller

“It was incredible to witness the electricity that filled our arena,” Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Barrett-Jackson, said in a news release. “Not only did we make history by selling out of tickets within hours of opening day, we also filled our docket far ahead of the auction.

“The overwhelming reception for our Northeast Auction is a testament to the level of respect for Barrett-Jackson in the collector car community.”

The top 10 sales at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction were:

  • 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 – $624,800
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback – $346,500
  • 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 – $330,000
  • 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird – $330,000
  • 2005 Ford GT custom coupe – $253,000
  • 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV – $236,500
  • 1966 Ford Mustang Ringbrothers “Bailout” fastback – $225,500
  • 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible – $203,500
  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible – $192,500
  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 roadster – $187,000

(All reported results include auction fees)

Barrett-Jackson heads back out west for its next auction in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  For information, visit the auction website.

The 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible on the auction block
The 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible on the auction block
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. This was my third B-J Auction. It was packed with enthusiasts … shoulder to shoulder. Regretfully, the arena was too small to hold all the crowds. I hope next year they bring more and bigger tents or find a different venue. They did a great job, considering the record crowds.

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